Retail property organization BCSC has launched a new open-user web portal designed to offer industry guidance and sustainability-focused resources in a single location. It includes details on events, industry research and publications, news and links to government reports, consultations and regulations.
As part of the web portal BCSC has unveiled its seminal Sustainability Charter which sets out for the first time a series of core sustainability commitments and targets for those owning and managing shopping centers and other retail properties.
The Charter, undertaken with benchmarking company Upstream, outlines the core commitments in areas including: Energy, Waste, Community and Water and includes an accompanying set of Good Practice Case Studies.
Comments Michael Green, Chief Executive of BCSC: "BCSC is serious about assisting members to reduce their energy levels and the launch of the 'Sustainability Charter' will define sustainable aspirations that members are recommended to reach. The Charter sets out minimum standards taken from industry leaders by which our industry should not only seek to meet but to improve upon."
In each core category BCSC has set overall aims, defined measurement and set out specific recommended actions and performance thresholds.
Overall aims include making efficient use of energy consumed, the consideration of renewable and cleaner energy sources, minimizing waste to landfill, maximizing waste segregation and recycling, supporting the local community needs and making the most efficient use of water consumed.
Visit the new portal at: http://www.bcsc.org.uk/sustainability