Jun 01, 2012
Waterfront gains green-audit recognitionBack
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The Waterfront, which attracts more than 23-million visitors a year, was awarded Heritage Silver classification after a recent benchmark audit.
“The waterfront has always been known as a world-class waterfront property and as Cape Town’s premier destination to live, work, eat, sleep and play. We take our reputation and green credentials seriously and are committed to ensuring that our environmental and sustainability measures and initiatives are at the forefront of all our business practices and that we deliver world-class standards and practices,” says V&A Waterfront executive manager of operations Colin Devenish.
Management at the V&A Waterfront aims to achieve Heritage’s Gold classification within the next year through increased awareness generation and the implementation of more sustainable practices across all its operations.
“We believe greening our operations is the right and responsible way to operate as one of South Africa’s leading tourist destinations and the city of Cape Town’s largest and most diverse property offerings. We also realise the efficiencies and cost savings that greening our operations provide,” Devenish says.
One of the areas focused on to achieve its aim is waste management. The precinct currently recycles around 40% of its waste, or 120 t a month, which translates into savings of over R876 000 a year. Further, the company has recycled more than 4 000 t of waste since it started recycling in October 2009.
In addition to the cost-saving benefits of greening its operations, caring for the environment also improves staff morale and attracts and retains blue-chip tenants.
“We are pleased to welcome the V&A Waterfront as a member of the Heritage Programme and look forward to working with it on developing the landmark precinct into a leading green destination,” McManus adds.
Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
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