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Regent Arcade is the greenest shopping centre in the UK

Regent Arcade is the greenest shopping centre in the UK.

Photo shows from left to right: John Forward, Regent Arcade Centre Director, Miss Green UK, Richard Ralph Associate Director from Centre Management company DTZ, Sophie Pope Regent Arcade Marketing Associate and Mike Roberts, Director Asset Management for the centre’s owner Canada Life Investments.

The Regent Arcade beat of stiff competition from hundreds of other shopping centres throughout the UK to win the overall Green Champion award for energy conservation and re-cycling in the 2013 Green Apple Awards.

Over 90% of all waste generated by Regent Arcade is re-cycled and energy saving measures installed as part of the centre’s multi million pound refurbishment programme have significantly reduced consumption of both water and electricity. These include solar panels, a rain water harvesting system to provide water to flush the centre’s toilets, intuitive escalators which slow down when not in use and low energy lighting and motion sensors to help keep electricity costs down.

The award was presented at a ceremony held at the House of Commons on Monday attended by finalists from retail organisations throughout the UK.

A group from the Regent Arcade travelled to London to pick up the award which is a stylish clear green glass apple.

Said Regent Arcade Centre Director John Forward: “We are absolutely delighted that our green achievements at the Regent Arcade have been recognised and were very surprised when they announced our shopping centre as the overall winner for the whole of the UK as there were some very big names in the running.  It has been very much a team effort between the centre management and the retailers in the Arcade and we can’t wait to show them all this trophy.”

We have come a long way since the days when waste was just thrown away but are not resting on our laurels. There’s still a lot more we can do and we are aiming to keep 100% of waste out of landfill by the end of next year.”

Added Richard Ralph Associated Director for managing agents DTZ: “The award is testament to all of the hard work and commitment put in by everyone at the Regent Arcade. They have gone from re-cycling nothing to almost everything in just a few short years.

“It’s been a huge challenge for both the centre management and the retailers and necessitated a complete change in the way we look at waste management, but the end result is something for us all to be proud of.”

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavor among companies, councils, communities and countries. 

The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising and promoting environmental best practice.

Judges for the Green Apple Awards are drawn from the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.

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