Governance and Data Management
Our Corporate Responsibility Operations Working Group is a forum for bringing forward ideas to improve the environmental efficiency of the assets. This Working Group is Chaired by Janet Bishopp our Head of Shopping Centres and attended by representatives from the UK Shopping Centres, the Retail Parks, Hammerson Operations team and the Sustainability Team.
This Working Group has been responsible for promoting our energy efficient lighting strategy, monitoring our environmental performance and implementing our natural ventilation strategy. Recent projects promoted through the Working Group have included a feasibility study for the introduction of LED lighting at the Bull Ring in Birmingham, a water efficient brief for all our Centre washroom refurbishments and more effective waste management strategies.
Environmental Data Management:
Increasing reporting requirements, particularly for listed companies and as a result of Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, has focused considerable attention on data management systems.
Environmental data - In 2011 we introduced Credit 360 as our environmental data management platform. This includes all operational data for our UK and French assets back to 2010.
Community data - We worked with Credit 360 to develop a community engagement data module. Holding our data in one web based system enables us to monitor performance more frequently and at asset level, as well as setting asset level targets for performance. We also use The Butterfly Bank platform to capture volunteering and sustainable behaviour data from employees.
Our data reporting is now much more robust and efficient. We are now extending the system to include data from our development sites and will be making further improvements to data capture for the portfolios. Using automatic data feeds and degree day data are two of the data improvement projects we have planned for 2014-15.