Queensgate achieves industry first award
Published: 23 February, 2016
Queensgate shopping centre, Peterborough, has become the first UK mall to achieve ISO 14001:2015 accreditation for environmental management.
On Friday 5 February, Queensgate’s environmental department was awarded with the certificate - an update of the ISO14001:2004 – that is considered as the guideline for best energy management across the globe. Although a voluntary standard, Queensgate chose to achieve the ISO 14001 as its commitment to the environment that is embedded within the culture of the management team.
Energy management experts from more than 60 countries developed the ISO 14001 standard created to help companies of all sizes to cut energy consumption, reduce costs and meet stringent environmental requirements. Recognised across the globe, it is one of the highest standards that can be achieved.
The revisions to the Environmental Management System were introduced in September 2015 and within just four months; Queensgate has reviewed and implemented all the required changes to the highest standard.
“The changes to the ISO 14001:2015 affect all environmental impact, opportunities and risk within Queensgate; it has required us to re-train and introduce several new systems,” said Queensgate’s environmental manager Carol Wakelin.
And Claire Yeadon, asset manager at Lend Lease, said: “Environmental issues are of the upmost importance to us and Queensgate is hugely successful in responding to changing criteria and delivering successful initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint across the centre. Queensgate is an award-winning model and the team deliver fantastic results from the Growing Greener Pledge to the ISO 14001:2015. We are so pleased Carol and her team were able to respond so quickly to the requirements and secure this accreditation for Queensgate and will serve as an example for the shopping centre industry.”