Twelve months on from the launch of Breaking The Plastic Habit, Canary Wharf achieved its goal of becoming the world’s first commercial centre to gain ‘Plastic Free Communities’ status from the environmental charity, Surfers Against Sewage.
Our latest report looks back on how this was achieved, and the progress made since the release of our June 2018 report ‘How Do You Solve A Problem Like Plastic: Lessons from a Micro-City’. We also look at how this accolade is just the beginning, and what the next steps are for Canary Wharf Group.
To celebrate World Environment Day on 5 June 2018, we hosted a unique cross-sector panel discussion with a committee of experts and industry leaders at the forefront of the single use plastic debate. The panel debate aimed to debunk the myths rewrite the debate and influence change in the use of single use plastic through collaboration and action. The purpose of the event, sponsored by Cranswick, was to start a conversation that might act as a catalyst for ongoing and open collaboration around a common problem and a shared agenda.
The report ‘Breaking The Plastic Habit Panel Debate: From Conversation Comes Action,’ summarises the outcomes of the debate.
We have already assessed the types of single use plastics and why they are used across the Canary Wharf estate. During this assessment, we also reviewed the behavioural elements that contribute to usage across our stakeholder groups. The findings were published in our report: ‘How Do You Solve a Problem Like Plastic? Lessons From a Micro-City’ were the basis of the Breaking The Plastic Habit programme and will drive our future campaigns which will target not only the use but also the behaviours and habits attributed to the single use plastic problem.
Waste and resource management is a core element of Canary Wharf Group’s sustainability strategy. We have created a waste strategy, similar to our Net Zero Carbon Pathway and our Biodiversity Action Plan, to help stakeholders understand our strategy, our targets and our plan for the future.