Telling the Carbon Story of a Refurbishment
By prioritising the refurbishment of buildings, wherever possible (relative to complete replacement), we are significantly reducingour use of raw materials and the embodied carbon. We seek to upgrade old equipment and include innovative technologiesto help us drive improvements in our energy efficiency and thus reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of our properties.
Furthermore, during refurbishments and fit outs, tenants are provided with detailed guides to encourage good waste management and cleaningpractices to minimise their environmental impacts.
Emboddided carbon in both the building materialsand the construction accounts for a significant proportion of the overall llifetime carbon footprint of a building. By prioritising the refurbishment of buildings wherever possible, we are limiting the embodied carbon emissions that would havebeen generated through demolition and the production and transportation of new construction materials.
Reducing the day to day carbon emmissions of our buildings is an important goal for CEG. The upgrade and refurbishment of our current estate also enables increased operational efficiency (i.e. reduced energy demand), which provides afurther carbon emissions reduction.
Continual improvements in technology arean increasingly important part of the dynamicworld we live in. During our refurbishments we look to incorporate the latest technologies. We also see our refurbishments as an opportunity tocollaborate with occupiers on sustainable fitouts both now and in the future.
Going the Extra Green Mile
We are continuing to improve the green credentials of our buildings through anumber of national initiatives. We believe small changes everyday make a bigdifference over time. We see our tenants as partners in our journey to make the builtenvironment more a sustainable place.
CEG have moved to a 100% renewable electricity tariff in order to minimise our environmental impact and encourage the renewable sector.
Waste management is an important aspect of our sustainability strategy. We are on track to hit our target of 100% diversion from landfill, and recycle as much of our waste as possible. 67% recycling rate achieved at present.
Reducing our tenants daily travel footprint is an important part of our refurbishment strategy. We provide free bike hire in several of our employment sites, as well as enhanced bike storage and shower facilities in most sites. This helps to encourage cycling to work. Each cycle rack and shower facility has the ability to reduce hundreds of car miles per year.
An important part of our landlord funded events calendar is our sustainability series. We believe every tenant is an ambassador of our building, we’re invested in supporting small changes at work and home to support a better environment