Bay firms urged to follow Bayfair’s green lead

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Bay firms urged to follow Bayfair's green lead

Bayfair Shopping Centre manager Steve Ellingford says as a business it had taken steps to ensure its environmental impact is as minimal as possible.

Meanwhile, Bayfair Shopping Centre had implemented several successful measures, which were the first of its kind for a retail development in New Zealand, and had reduced its environmental impact.

Centre manager Steve Ellingford said its LED Project was expected to deliver savings of more than $100,000 per year.

“If the cost of energy was not to increase over the next 10 years, we would expect to see savings of more than $1.5 million. As well as this, in 2014 we diverted more than 330,000kg of paper and cardboard, over 35,000kg of glass, metal and plastics and over 75,000kg in organic waste from landfill, and in 2015 we know this will be higher again.”

Next year Bayfair would install an Electrical Vehicle Charge Station and was investigating larger solar energy initiatives, he said.

Almost 70 per cent of waste from the mall was diverted from the landfill every month, as tenants embraced the recycling concept.

“A strong environmental culture, staff induction and retailer training have delivered savings over half a million dollars over the last 10 years.” Read more here