22 June 2011 | Lindsay Clark
Property developer British Land has succeeded
in reducing its environmental impact through its suppliers’ procurement
The company, which is developing the
‘cheesegrater’ skyscraper at Leadenhall Street in the City of London, and has
already built 201 Bishopsgate and The Broadgate Tower, said that five out of 10 development projects had achieved or
exceeded a target of using 25 per cent of their materials from recycled
On average, 27 per cent of materials by value
in its new buildings comprised recycled content, British Land’s corporatesocial responsibility report (CSR) said. In 2009-10 the figure was 22 per cent.
“Our contractors and sub-contractors are applying our high standards for procurement
and site management,” the report said.
Meanwhile, 97 per cent of waste was diverted
from landfill, and suppliers created two apprenticeships for local people.
The report, audited by accountancy firm
PricewaterhouseCoopers, also said the firm would work with its project teams to
improve procurement standards for sustainable materials, monitoring their
performance and “raising the bar each time”. The firm said it wanted to reduce its embodied carbon footprint “through changes to our
designs and procurement of materials”.
Meanwhile, the CSR report showed that British
Land missed its target for reducing accidents among its suppliers. The firm had
set a target of reducing accident rates to less than 0.25 per 100,000 hours worked: “The reportable accident frequency rate
was 0.46, not meeting our target,” the report said.