centre:mk is a listed building with a need to retain historical features, however our ambition remains to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2035. This means;
CARBON NEUTRAL ENVIRONMENT
centre:mk is famous for having everything under one roof, so the 100,000 m2 roof is a good place to start.
THE SCIENCY BIT
REDUCING THE NATURAL RESOURCES WE USE
Reducing the electricity and gas used at centre:mk is an ongoing project.
From getting back to basics – switch off lighting when not required, to switching to energy saving LED illumination, we can save money and be better for the planet.
Switching off the lights 3 hours earlier and replacing 600 bulbs with LEDs has saved enough energy to charge 11.7m mobile phones without any additional CO2 emissions
The greenhouse gas emissions that we save is equivalent to 110 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide, or:
-87.7 cars driven for a year
-1,013,656 miles driven by an average car
PLANTING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
The planters throughout the centre not only provide a lush, pleasant space for everyone to enjoy, they also help to absorb CO2 too.
Over 200 new plants and 20 new trees were planted in March 2021
We have 860m2 of planting throughout the centre and 1200m2 within our external areas
Did you know internal plants reduce fatigue, sore throats, colds and coughs by as much as 30%
Behind the scenes we are at home with nature too. Our rooftop wild garden is a natural habitat with bee boxes, flowers and vegetation to provide a home for insects, bees and birds to thrive.
Our commitment to cleaner transport has transformed our own fleet of vehicles as well as supporting healthier approaches to workplace travel.
All patrol, waste and cleaning vehicles have been swapped out for a fully electric fleet
All centre management teams can make use of the car share scheme and cycle to work policies
We are home to the Electric Vehicle Centre promoting electric cars and their usage and the grants available to make it easy for you to switch
RECYCLE, REUSE, REWARD
We divert 100% of our waste from landfill and we like to try and be creative with it!
1350 tonnes of waste is recycled instead of landfilled
22% of waste is converted to renewable energy
We recycle 10 tonnes of coffee grounds a month from our retailers, to use as fertilizer for our landscaping
DID YOU KNOW?
John Lewis & Partners has a beauty product recycling initiative. Simply return 5 empty beauty products and receive £5 off your
M&S collect your unwanted old clothes in their “Shwop” boxes
instore to resell through Oxfam. Nothing goes to waste
The Perfume Shop will recycle your empty perfume bottles and give you 10% off your next purchase Superdrug pharmacies recycle empty tablet blister packets to raise donations for charity Marie Curie
PROTECTING THE EARTH’S LIQUID ASSET
Water is one of the planet’s most precious assets and we harvest as much rainwater as possible to re-use in the centre.
Each year we capture 2,088,000 litres, enough for 35,000 washing machine cycles.
TECHNOLOGY REDUCING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
The centre is continually adapting to new technology to meet the needs of our guests, retailers and staff.
A sophisticated Building Management System, that is capable of being ‘upscaled’ runs our behind the scenes operations.
This system allows us to control the building and the equipment, as well as preprogramme operational activities to ensure all systems are run only when required.
Renewable energy sources are continually being trialled to drive energy efficiencies.
Our digital infrastructure ensures centre information is as paperless as possible, including ticketless parking through our app.
BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Where possible we try to:
Try to utilise the existing structure and embodied carbon elements
Refurbish and extend rather than rebuild to attract new brands like Primark and H beauty
Avoid excessive material miles when sourcing materials
Utilise local responsible contractors and suppliers that resource and employ from within the region
Continue to increase insulation to improve levels in line with modern day building regulations