MANAGING THE GROUP'S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Peregrine is aware that environmental, social and economic sustainability is an integral component of the organisation’s long-term vision and overarching strategy. Over the last three years, Peregrine has continued on a sustainability journey aimed at creating value through the incorporation of sustainability in to the organisation’s business strategy.
To ensure that sustainability remains a key focus, Peregrine’s Social and Ethics Committee is mandated to report on all sustainability matters to the Board. This platform enables the Committee to share risks and opportunities at the highest level within the Group, ensure sustainability is entrenched into day-to-day operations and promote streamlined decision making.
Peregrine is engaging with an energy engineering solution provider to further improve the organisations database of non-financial data.
In 2017, energy SMART meters were installed at the Peregrine Sandown Building in Sandton, Johannesburg. The metering hierarchy allows Peregrine to visualise energy consumption of each floor of the building, as well as the kitchen and air conditioning feeds.
In March 2016, Citadel’s new offices in Cape Town, named The Citadel, achieved a Best Practice 4-Star Green Star SA Rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa. The Citadel was awarded the 4 Star Rating based on Office Design v1. Sustainability initiatives implemented in green buildings have a positive environmental and financial impact. As a result of ever-increasing energy and water costs in South Africa, implementing green practices is becoming an important part of new developments, as well as during retrofits of existing portfolios. The Citadel is in the process of being rated for the Green Star ‘as Built’ certification.
The Citadel’s sustainable features include:
- • the water strategy included the use of low flow fittings, dual flush toilets, meters to monitor different types of water usage, and the installation of an air-cooled chiller system;
In Peregrine’s 2016 financial year, the organisation calculated its second carbon footprint assessment. For the 2016 financial year, total greenhouse gas emissions were calculated at 3 752 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, following the equity share approach. Non-Kyoto gases were calculated at 2.25 tCO₂e. Peregrine recently completed its 2017’s financial year carbon footprint assessment, and the organisation intends to continue to calculate greenhouse gas emissions annually. Below are the Carbon footprint reports for 2017 and 2016.
With visual energy data, Peregrine is able to easily identify areas of inefficiencies to focus technical and behavioural reduction efforts. In addition, energy data allows the organisation to measure baselines and track energy projects performance. Peregrine aims to roll-out the installation of SMART meters at the Pretoria office in the 2018 financial year.
• the energy strategy focused on efficient air-conditioning equipment, metering energy usage and the installation of low energy LED lighting through the building;
• compared to a standard building, The Citadel is expected to reduce potable water by 28% per day and energy by 33% per annum;
• cyclist facilities enabling occupants to cycle to and from work. The building is situated close to mass transport routes, promoting the use of public transport, as well as being close to amenities;
• through careful design and specification, the building has a high indoor quality with significantly increased fresh air levels, above normal natural daylighting, paints with no harmful substances, and comfortable thermal conditions. This benefits the building users (tenants and visitors) and contributes to a pleasant and productive working environment; and
• more than 90% of all steel sourced for the development is either recycled or reused steel, therefore reducing embodied energy and resources.