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Progress against our targets

Aligned to the UN’s own targets to support the Sustainable Development Goals, each of our commitments has a set of clear targets focused on the sustainability issues that are most relevant to our business activities.

We report annually on progress against targets and our key achievements. We are also transparent about updates to our targets as a result of changes to our operating environment, for example the COVID pandemic accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy.

“We’re really pleased to share our progress in our latest Sustainability & ESG Report and we’re excited about how we can make a greater contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals as we move forward.”

Jo Holden
Sustainability Director

Select the goal to reveal our targets and progress

SDG 12: Continually improve the sustainability of our existing assets

Energy

UN SDG target 12-2:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

15% reduction in absolute or activity-related energy use or greenhouse gas emissions, cumulatively from a 2018 baseline.

Progress:

We have:

Achieved the annual energy reduction milestone of 3% for our Lifestyle Outlets at Gloucester Quays and Quayside MediaCity. Over the next year, they will adopt the Science-Based Target now used by other Peel L&P assets.

Re-certified to the ISO 50001:2018 energy management standard for the eighth consecutive year, with no non-conformities.

UN SDG target 12-2:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

We will develop and report progress against a Science-Based Target.

Progress:

We have encountered some data collection issues over the past year, which we will endeavour to resolve in 2022/23.

UN SDG target 12-2:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

We will assess the Scope 3 (indirect) greenhouse gas emissions for our Net Zero Carbon asset portfolio.

Progress:

We have developed and tested a Scope 3 model on The Vic at MediaCity, which will be applied to other assets this year (2022).

Waste

UN SDG target 12-5:

Substantially reduce waste generation

Our target:

Zero waste to landfill from Peel L&P sites.

Progress:

We have sent zero waste to landfill for four years in a row.

UN SDG target 12-5:

Substantially reduce waste generation

Our target:

20% increase in recycled waste, cumulatively from a 2018 baseline.

Progress:

We have achieved an overall 36% recycling rate but this is down by 4.59% due to COVID circumstances.

Water

UN SDG target 12-2:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

20% reduction in absolute or activity-related water use, cumulatively from a 2018 baseline

Progress:

We have reduced our water consumption by 34% compared to baseline year.

UN SDG target 12-2:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

Provide public access to free drinking water at all developments.

Progress:

We have:

  • Installed Sipple hydration stations at Gloucester Quays and Quayside MediaCity Lifestyle Outlets which not only provide free drinking water on site, but give the option of vending chilled water. Metal reusable water bottles can be purchased from the machines, to prevent the use of single-use plastic bottles.

  • Completed a study which has assessed the implications of installing public drinking water stations at all sites.

  • Included the requirement to provide public access to free drinking water in our Development Director Toolkit for all new developments.

Procurement

UN SDG target 12-6:

Encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices and sustainability reporting

Our target:

All suppliers to meet Peel L&P’s minimum sustainability requirements.

Progress:

We have:

  • Created a new Procurement Hub on our website containing information for suppliers, such as policies and our Supplier Code of Conduct.

  • Developed a Supplier Sustainability Assessment that will be rolled out to all suppliers, starting this year.

  • Written ESG KPIs into Peel L&P level waste, M&E and security contracts.
UN SDG target 12-5:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

Identify unnecessary single-use plastics across our portfolio and replace with more sustainable alternatives.

Progress:

We have:

  • Improved our relationship with our office consumables supplier and continue to review the sustainability of available products with them.

  • At Wirral Waters, we have partnered with Changing Streams CIC and the University of Liverpool to undertake a pioneering project investigating how to eliminate plastics from construction projects.
UN SDG target 12-2:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

Increase the number of electric vehicles in the Peel L&P fleet year on year.

Progress:

We have increased the number of fully electric vehicles in the fleet from 26 to 35 (up by 9). The number of hybrid vehicles has increased from 35 to 68 (up by 33).

Sustainability reporting

UN SDG target 12-6:

Encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices and sustainability reporting

Our target:

Produce a five year sustainability report.

Progress:

We have used an expanded set of ESG indicators in our annual ESG Metrics exercise this year.

UN SDG target 12-6:

Encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices and sustainability reporting

Our target:

Conduct an annual Sustainability Survey: seek employee opinion on our office sustainability and ways to continually improve.

Progress:

We have completed an annual sustainability survey in January for the sixth year in a row.

SDG 11: Support the development of sustainable low-carbon communities, transport, energy and infrastructure

Buildings

UN SDG target 11-3:

Inclusive and sustainable urbanisation

Our target:

All our new commercial buildings will be BREEAM ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’ where relevant.

Progress:

We have:

  • Created an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM commercial workspace called Hythe, at Wirral Waters.

  • Created a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM retail space for Starbucks, at Barnsley Retail Park.
UN SDG target 11-3:

Inclusive and sustainable urbanisation

Our target:

Report progress towards creating 150 acres of public realm at our Peel Waters sites.

Progress:

We have created 3.17 acres of public realm at Chatham Waters and Wirral Waters, bringing our total to 29.40 acres.

UN SDG target 11-3:

Inclusive and sustainable urbanisation

Our target:

We will undertake carbon appraisals to quantify the embodied carbon in different assets and to understand how this can be reduced.

Progress:

We have undertaken a whole life carbon assessment at a Manchester Waters residential scheme, as well as an embodied carbon assessment of a Northstone house.

SDG 8: Create new training, employment and local business opportunities through our regeneration activities

Jobs & Skills

UN SDG target 8-6:

Promote youth employment, education and training

Our target:

Original target: We will help 200 people to get into work by facilitating apprenticeship opportunities across all appropriate development projects.

Revised target: Projects to demonstrate an uplift against Peel L&P's Social Value Framework five core priorities by 31st March 2026.

Progress:

We:

  • Facilitated nine new apprenticeships across levels three to seven at Peel L&P.

  • Hosted four people on work placements.

We:

  • Trained Peel L&P teams on the Social Value Framework and 17 studies were underway by 31st March 2022.

Sustainable Tourism

UN SDG target 8-9:

Promote beneficial and sustainable tourism

Our target:

We will encourage 80 million visitors to our sites, to support the local economy.

Progress:

We have:

  • Completed a review of sustainable travel resources on our websites, which will be taken forward by our new Sustainable Communities Marketing Manager in 2022/23.

  • Created 4.5km of new bike pathway.

SDG 15: Help communities to connect with nature

Biodiversity

UN SDG target 15-9:

Integrate ecosystem and biodiversity in governmental planning

Our target:

Adopt natural capital accounting to quantify and understand the deficit and surplus of ecosystem services across Peel L&P landholdings and assist in our land-use decision-making processes.

Progress:

We have:

  • Undertaken Biodiversity Net Gain assessments on a total of 1,467 acres of our land.

  • Continued to undertake natural capital assessments.

  • Created 8 acres of new public realm.

  • Created 1 acre of surface water lagoon.

  • Planted 307 trees.

  • Continued to work with Defra on phase 2 of the Biodiversity Credits Scheme Pilot.

  • Worked with partners to better understand habitat banking in the North West.
UN SDG target 15-9:

Integrate ecosystem and biodiversity in governmental planning

Our target:

Northstone, our homebuilding division, will report annually against its Connecting Communities with Nature commitment.

Progress:

We have produced Northstone’s first Sustainability Report. Next year, the report will integrate progress against the 9-point Connecting Communities with Nature commitment.

SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Climate Action

UN SDG 13.1

Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate related disasters

Our target:

Demonstrate how we have contributed to climate change mitigation through the implementation of a Climate Action Plan.

Progress:

We have:

  • Acknowledged the climate and ecological emergencies by joining Business Declares, affiliated with the Race to Zero campaign, in October 2021.

  • As part of our commitment to Business Declares, we produced a Climate Positive Plan in January 2022. We will report our progress annually.
UN SDG 13.3

Build knowledge and capacity to meet climate change

Our target:

All Peel L&P colleagues to be Carbon Literate

Progress:

We have:

  • Trained a further 22 people, meaning that 18% of our employees are now Carbon Literate, up from 14% last year.

  • Been awarded the Carbon Literacy Bronze Award.

SDG 15: Help communities to connect with nature

SDG 15: Help communities to connect with nature

Biodiversity

UN SDG target 15-9:

Integrate ecosystem and biodiversity in governmental planning

Our target:

Adopt natural capital accounting to quantify and understand the deficit and surplus of ecosystem services across Peel L&P landholdings and assist in our land-use decision-making processes.

Progress:

We have:

  • Undertaken Biodiversity Net Gain assessments on a total of 1,467 acres of our land.

  • Continued to undertake natural capital assessments.

  • Created 8 acres of new public realm.

  • Created 1 acre of surface water lagoon.

  • Planted 307 trees.

  • Continued to work with Defra on phase 2 of the Biodiversity Credits Scheme Pilot.

  • Worked with partners to better understand habitat banking in the North West.
UN SDG target 15-9:

Integrate ecosystem and biodiversity in governmental planning

Our target:

Northstone, our homebuilding division, will report annually against its Connecting Communities with Nature commitment.

Progress:

We have produced Northstone’s first Sustainability Report. Next year, the report will integrate progress against the 9-point Connecting Communities with Nature commitment.