The Investment Manager acquires, develops and manages properties on behalf of the Company. It is recognised that these activities have both direct and indirect environmental and social impacts. The Board has adopted the Investment Manager's own Sustainable Real Estate Investments Policy and associated Environmental Management Systems and is committed to environmental management in all phases of an asset's cycle — from acquisition through demolition, redevelopment and operational management to disposal. The focus is on energy conservation, mitigating greenhouse gases emissions, maximising waste recycling and water conservation. To facilitate this, the Manager works in partnership with contractors, suppliers, tenants and consultants to minimise those impacts, seeking continuous improvements in environmental performance and conducting regular reviews.
The Company was awarded a Green Star ranking in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark 2017 and improved its score by 8% compared with 2016. A Green Star is awarded to entities that perform well in both categories of the GRESB assessment: Management & Policies and Implementation and Measurement. Our approach to monitoring and improving the sustainability performance of the assets held by the Company has been highly successful. In 2017, like-for-like landlord electricity and gas consumption reduced year-on-year across the Trust’s assets, by 16% and 8% respectively. This helped drive a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Water consumption also reduced year-on-year and 99.9% of waste was diverted from landfill.
In conjunction with these environmental principles the Company has a health and safety policy which demonstrates commitment to providing safe and secure buildings that promote a healthy working/ customer experience that supports a healthy lifestyle. The Company, through the Manager, manages and controls health and safety risks systematically as any other critical business activity using technologically advanced systems and environmentally protective materials and equipment. The aim is to achieve a health and safety performance the Company can be proud of and allow the Company to earn the confidence and trust of tenants, customers, employees, shareholders and society at large.
Read Standard Life Investments Sustainable Real Estate Investment Policy, as adopted by the Company. The Sustainable Real Estate Investments Policy and Sub-policies outline SLI's mission and strategic priorities for SREI and the procedures that are in place.