Our Environmental Footprint

Hammerson has set out an ambition to become Net Positive in carbon emissions, water, resource use and socio-economic impacts by 2030. One of the critical steps in establishing a strategy for achieving this is to develop comprehensive and robust baseline data for each of these four impact areas. As part of this process, in August 2016 Hammerson appointed JLL Sustainability Upstream to undertake a detailed carbon footprinting exercise. This was a complex but revealing exercise that has been important in helping shape our strategy for tackling our Net Positive objective.

The Footprinting Report showcases the significant shift change in reporting boundaries as a result of the Net Positive commitment. Under Net Positive, we have significantly extended our reporting approach to include emissions from the tenanted areas of our assets. 

The Importance of Understanding Our Footprint

One of the critical steps in establishing a strategy for Net Positive is to develop a comprehensive set of baseline data. 

Undertaking this environmental footprinting exercise:

  • Provides the business with an accurate carbon emissions baseline to track progress against 
  • Provides us with a toolkit for updating the footprint over time
  • Enables us to communicate our impacts both within and outside the scope of Net Positive 
  • Presents a baseline footprint for water and waste from which to lay out plans
  • Provides recommendations to enable Hammerson to improve the robustness of the underlying data

Download Our Environmental Footprint Report to find out more about our Carbon, Waste and Water Footprint. 

Some Headline Figures

The full report shares details about our group wide and portfolio specific footprints.  Here are just a few of the headlines from the report. 

  • The new extended scope for Net Positive shows a carbon footprint of 193,233 tCO2e/year, equivalent to that of nearly 24,000 homes
  • Operational emissions are the largest contributor to Hammerson’s carbon footprint at 79%. 
  • Development emissions represent 20% our emissions.
  • Of our development emissions, 79% come from the 'products' - raw material extraction, supply and processing of building materials used in the development, the transport of raw materials to the manufacturer and the manufacturing of the goods/ products.
  • The majority of operational carbon emissions come from tenant activities with 127,409 tonnes of CO2e/ year coming from the utilities, refrigerants and waste services they procure for the space they occupy within Hammerson’s assets
  • Whilst travel to our centres is not included in the scope of Net Positive, we will be looking at ways to lower this impact, which stands at 969,762 tCO2e/year

Download the full report  for more.