Our Commitment to Protect and Enhance

We will protect and enhance our natural environment by minimising resource consumption and delivering restorative projects to deliver a Net Positive environmental impact.

We recognise our responsibility to protect the environment by minimising our resource consumption but also to enhance it through restorative projects and renewable energy. Our Net Positive objective formalises this ambition to give back more than we take out. 

Our Protect and Enhance targets will be key to delivering on becoming Net Positive for Carbon, Resource Use and Water. These three areas were found to be our key environmental impacts in our materiality studies.  

Key Protect and Enhance Initiatives

There are some core regulatory elements to our Protect and Enhance commitment. However, over the past ten years we have moved way beyond basic compliance, to being an industry leader. With the launch of our new Net Positive objective, our commitment to protect and enhance has become even more ambitious. 


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 help us to focus our activities and to set a baseline for tracking progress on this ambitious journey.


Development Approach: Our Net Positive Vision for Developments is at the heart of our approach to development. It helps us to ensure that environmental and social sustainability are designed into a scheme alongside economic sustainability from the outset. Our Net Positive Vision for Developments helps to set the Sustainability Brief for each of our projects which are delivered and tracked via our Sustainability Implementation Plan. We target a minimum BREEAM rating of Excellent on all new developments and aim to achieve an Outstanding rating where there is a demonstrable business case to do so.

Find out more about Hammerson'sSustainable Development Approach


Operational Approach: Our CR Operations Working group brings together stakeholders from across the business to ensure we optimise opportunities to reduce impacts across the portfolio.  In 2016 we began a major roll out of LED lighting, starting at the Bullring Birmingham and in 2017 we rolled out installation of water blades, a simple technology designed to drastically reduce water use from our taps. 

Find out more about the LED installation via Better Building Partnership's Case Study on LED at Bullring

Find out more about Hammerson's Operational Approach


Renewable Energy Generation: In 2016, we installed Hammerson’s first photovoltaic (PV) array at Westquay. Since then we have installed further PV at Westquay, Victoria Gate, Cabot Circus, Silverburn (forthcoming) and Elliott’s Field Rugby. Across the portfolio there is now 1.4MWp of installed renewable capacity and we are on track to meet our 2020 target of 3MWh. 


Protect and Enhance Progress

Below you can see more on some of our core Protect and Enhance initiatives.  You can also keep up to date with progress via the Blog and our Initiatives page.

Development Approach

Hammerson was one of the first...

Operational Approach

Proactively managing our envir...