The Sovereign Shopping Centre considers the impact its operations may have on the wider environment and good environmental practices are promoted through its Health, Safety & Environmental Committee. The committee is made up of members of the Centre management team, Centre employees and occupier’s representatives.
The Centre, which is an ISO14001:2004 accredited property, and has introduced a number of environmental initiatives over the years, some of which are listed below:
Electricity consumption has been reduced by installing a voltage optimisation unit, low energy light fittings, timers, photocells and we have reviewed the way the Centre manages some of its operations. Consumption in 2016 was the lowest since the Centre opened in 1992.
The consumption of treated water has been reduced by installing a rainwater harvesting system to flush the public toilets.
The amount of refuse sent to landfill has been reduced to zero by recycling our waste including cardboard, polythene, paper, glass, wood and metals. In 2016 the Centre recycled or sent for recovery 96% of its waste thus ensuring that 196 tons of waste did not go to landfill.
The Centre’s car park has a paperless car parking system that has replaced the use of half a million paper parking tickets previously used each year by drivers.
Travel to Work
Through the promotion of it’s ‘Travel Plan’ we have reduced the number of car journeys through the promotion of cycling to work for Centre employees.
We have introduced more environmentally friendly cleaning products and solutions to minimize the impact on the environment.
Reducing our Impact on Climate Change
The Centre’s investment in a ‘voltage optimisation’ unit continues to deliver significant savings in electricity. Since its installation electricity consumption has been reduced by 12% which equate to a projected annual reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 29,000kg.
The box of tricks, which works by regulating the supply of electricity, ensures that existing plant and equipment works more efficiently and lengthens its working life expectancy in addition to delivering cost savings for the occupiers of the Centre.
Pictured with the unit are technicians Alan Smith and Mike Davies who installed the equipment along with former Operations Manager – Peter Smith.
Health, Safety and Environmental Management
The Centre also considers of the utmost importance the health and safety of those both visiting and working at the Sovereign Shopping Centre. Good health and safety practices are promoted through the Centre’s Health, Safety & Environmental Committee, which is made up of members of the Centre management team, Centre employees and occupier’s representatives.
Occupiers Award Scheme
To further promote good practices the Centre has an Occupiers ‘Health, Safety & Environmental Award’ scheme in which shop units are inspected regularly so as to ensure compliance with legislation and good practice.
Winners of the 2016 Health, Safety & Environmental Award Scheme are:
Winner – Large Shop Unit Category – Blue Inc
Winner – Small Shop Unit Category – Warren James
Health & Safety Award Winners
Pictured right with Nick Cooke, Sovereign Shopping Centre Manager (centre) are the 2016 award winners Jason Chilcot of Blue Inc (left) and Chloe Williams of Warren James (right).
In addition to their framed certificates shop staff shared prizes totalling £375 worth of shopping vouchers.