Challenge and Innovate Initiatives
Our Scope Three Footprint: We have undertaken a detailed carbon footprint with JLL Upstream as part of the development of our objective to become Net Positive by 2030. The results have helped us to focus our activities and to set a baseline for tracking progress on this ambitious journey.
Design Standards: In 2015 we launched the world's first zero energy coffee
pod in collaboration with Costa, challenging the status quo of how these shells
are created, and how a partnership between landlord and tenant works. In
2017 we subsequently opened a drive thru version of the zero energy coffee pod.
Find out more Innovative Zero Energy Design Roll Out
We used the learnings from the two
projects with Costa to deliver the world’s first carbon neutral and BREEAM
Outstanding retail park at Elliott’s Field, Rugby. Elliott’s Field Phase II was
designed to be carbon neutral in terms of its regulated consumption, with
energy efficiency measures reducing the carbon emissions created by such
sources as heating, hot water and cooling and on site photovoltaics offsetting
the remaining carbon emissions.
Find out more Two World Firsts at Elliott's Field retail Park, Rugby
New Ways to Value Sustainability: In 2016, we undertook a unique project with Sir Robert McAlpine and Trucost using Natural Capital accounting to quantify the environmental and social impact of different design options across a small number of our centres.
We will continue to explore these more innovative ways to quantify impact. We will also be looking at the role of whole life costing in capital expenditure
Find out more Natural Capital Report
Innovative New Funding Models: In 2016, we started working with Grid Edge, an entrepreneurial start up
originating from Aston University, on a project at Bullring. Their software
combines footfall, temperature and energy consumption data to enable proactive
energy management through artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
The platform also allows us to see the impact of using our HVAC assets on
comfort, carbon, and cost, and in a really exciting development uses predictive
learning algorithms to model the building’s future energy profile so energy
assets can be controlled optimally in real time.
Hammerson will be continuing to work with Grid Edge to
explore further ways we can manage our buildings more effectively using the
Trialing Pioneering Solutions: At Hammerson we invest in innovation both through our
dedicated Product & Innovation team and directly through our centre teams.
In 2016 we launched pioneering food waste management technology
‘BioWhale’ from OWL at Westquay in Southampton. We’ve since installed a unit at
Cabot Circus in Bristol too, where the system has helped Cabot Circus to become
Net Positive for gas, the first in our portfolio. We’re looking for
opportunities to install BioWhales across the rest of our portfolio where