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Published on: July 9, 2020, 8:05 p.m.
Greening your workspace? Brookfield has some ideas
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By Sekhar Seshan. Consulting Editor, Business India

The environmental, social and governance (ESG) management, is core to Brookfield Properties’business worldwide as it keeps working to reduce its carbon footprint by improving its operations and the performance of its buildings in energy, water and waste.

Having won a platinum rating from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for two of its CandorTechspace properties that house a number of Indian and multinational information technology and IT-enabled services giants, the global real estate services company has been working to create a green environment and workspaces. Most recently, it hosted 'Sustainability Talks’ to highlight the role of passive architecture, use of solar and renewable resources, water conservation, waste management, green mobility solutions and clean indoor air.

The dialogue brought forth several initiatives and ideas on sustainable practices adopted by Brookfield Properties and its corporate occupiers at CandorTechSpace. Some of the best practices shared included Fidelity Investment’s saving of 1,181 tonnes of carbon footprint and 1,003 trees and Wipro’s partnership with the non-profit organisation Uthaan to plant hundreds of trees.

Marsh & McLennan Companies has upgraded its lighting systems to LED across more than 320,000 square feet, saving over 178,000 kWh, while Sopra Steria has replaced nine in every 10 of the diesel cars used for employee commuting with CNG cabs, and SE2 in Gurugram has reduced water consumption by installing aerators in its washrooms and hand washing areas.

CandorTechSpace itself has converted its conventional watering systems and green belts into drip irrigation, cutting the water usage for horticulture in half, and installed a sewage treatment plant to reuse and recycle 3,780 kl of water every day. It is also one of the largest amongst IT-ITeS SEZs in the use of rooftop solar power, with 1.19 MWp of installed capacity.

RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland), has set ambitious new goals to continue its decarbonisation with the aim of becoming climate positive by 2025 for its own operations through a combination of emissions reductions and carbon offsetting. Its India office has eliminated single use plastic from its office, replacing it with biodegradable options.

The company and IGBC honchos who participated in the Sustainability Talks discussed several existing challenges faced by traditional workspaces and emphasised the importance of reshaping conventional office architecture with passive and constructive infrastructural designs that fit the current digital needs of new-age professionals.

CandorTechSpace is working to create workplace solutions keeping people at the centre of these efforts. All the campuses are working towards IGBC Platinum LEED certifications for operational buildings, universal accessibility, indoor air quality management systems, shared mobility solutions, thematic landscaping with art installations. Its upcoming towers will reflect ‘New Design Thinking’ in the product innovation and focus on creating a sustainable environment.


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