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Carbon Footprint

The Carbon Disclosure Project (“CDP”) is an international voluntary disclosure programme run by an independent not-for-profit organisation holding the largest database on GHG emissions and climate change response actions by business. The JSE Top 100 companies are invited to submit data and Emira has participated for the past four years, the result of which will be published subsequent to the distribution of this integrated report.

GHG emissions inventory and data management systems

GHG inventory

During the year under review, the Fund commissioned an external service provider to conduct a carbon footprint analysis of its operations for the financial year 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015. The scope included the Head Office in Johannesburg, 80 Strand Street in Cape Town (50% owned) and all Emira-owned properties in Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, across the retail, office and industrial portfolios. Emira pursued this analysis in order to provide an absolute measure of all sustainability measures implemented and to fulfil its moral and ethical obligation to society in general.

For these properties, the emissions included were:

Scope 1: Fugitive emissions from refrigerant gases. Non-Kyoto gases have been included as “other direct” emissions.

Scope 2: Electricity consumption in owned properties.

Scope 3: Water consumption in Emira-owned facilities, paper consumption, business travel, and employee commuting.

Tenant direct non-Eskom energy usage scope 3 emission sources were excluded. Scope 2 emissions are the result of indirect emissions from purchased electricity used on-site.

Electricity accounts for 99,2% of total Group carbon emissions and the retail sector is responsible for the largest portion of scope 2 emissions of 50,2%, followed by the office sector with 32,9%. This apportionment is in line with total GLA per sector and the varying degrees of energy intensities associated with each sector. Gauteng accounts for 65,3% of energy consumption followed by KwaZulu-Natal at 14,5%.

Download our latest CDP Scorecard here.

SOCIAL

Corporate social initiatives are run throughout the year by Emira’s extensive retail property portfolio of shopping centres, touching the local community within which they operate. The centres as listed below undertook the following initiatives:

Wonderpark Shopping Centre

  • In July 2013, the centre took the spirit of Nelson Mandela Day to the Luvuyo Orphanage in Soshanguve. They helped the locals in painting the exterior of the building, thanks to kind donations of paint by Dendonix and brushes and accessories donated by Builders Express.
  • In August 2013, the centre, together with Jacaranda FM, donated R5 000 each to the Bana Ba K’gosi NPO in Soshanguve. The donations were made as part of “Be an Angel Day” and Jacaranda FM’s“Good Morning Angels” initiative.
  • In September 2013, the centre hosted an awareness campaign for “World Rhino Day”, where 1 000 bumper stickers and badges donated by Unite Against Poaching were distributed to the centre’s patrons.
  • In October 2013, the centre gave the children of Little Angels Nursery School in Heatherdale an educational puppet show, which was themed “Healthy Living”. The children were taught about the different food groups and healthy eating habits.
  • In November 2013, the centre returned to the Little Angels Nursery School in Heatherdale with another puppet show and donated sandwiches to the children.
  • In December 2013, the centre sponsored a performance from the youth choir of the St Laurence Anglican Church in Soshanguve.
  • In January 2014, the centre arranged a visit to the Noorderpark Old Age Home in Wolmer, where the residents were each treated to a piece of chocolate cake.
  • In February 2014, the centre brought some smiles to the children’s wards at Netcare Akasia Hospital. During the visit, each child in the ward was given a teddy bear donated by the Wonderpark Golden Oldies Club.
  • In March 2014, the centre sponsored Fusion College (an arts and crafts college) and the Ditau Cultural Dance Group, to provide entertainment for visitors to the centre’s new food court — every Saturday and Sunday during the month of March.
  • In April 2014, the centre once again sponsored Fusion College and the Ditau Cultural Dance Group to entertain visitors to the centre with music and dance performances.

Randridge Mall

In March 2014, the centre took part in the national Cancer Association of South Africa (“CANSA”) awareness and fundraising event — the annual “Shavathon”. The centre helped this worthy cause by raising over R60 000 in a hugely successful community outreach event, beating all other participating centres in the Johannesburg North area.

Linksfield Terrace Shopping Centre

Throughout the year on weekends, the centre helped to raise funds for the Avril Elizabeth Home for physically and mentally disabled persons of all ages and races. This worthy cause is widely known and has been supported by communities for over 30 years.

The Market Square Shopping Centre

  • In September and October 2013, the centre hosted “Entrepreneurs Day”, attended by representatives of two local schools namely Greenwood Independent and Wittedrift High Schools. The annual event has been designed to encourage local youth to become achievers.
  • In October 2013, a cancer awareness charity Pink Trees for Pauline, where funds were raised by supplying purchases with pink fabric to wrap trees and in the case of the Centre, each and every pillar was wrapped in pink for the Month of October.
  • In December 2013, the centre once again raised funds for 12 selected worthy charities by providing gift wrapping stations in a number of locations throughout the centre. Patrons had their gifts wrapped in exchange for donations, which amounted to over R43 000.
  • In February 2014, the centre held its annual Valentine’s Day/blood donation drive to support the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service and patrons responded by 53 pints beating the previous year’s record of 47 pints by 6 pints. Throughout the year, the centre hosted an additional five blood drives, greatly aiding this important cause.
  • In March 2014, the centre resumed its annual participation in the CANSA “Shavathon”, during which members of the local community had their hair shaved or brightly painted and raised awareness as well as over R3 000 for the worthy cause of the Cancer Association of South Africa.
  • In June 2014, the centre helped the Plett Animal Welfare Service (“PAWS”) in their annual drive for donations of pet food and blankets. Together with the Whale Bike Rally, the centre helped to make a difference to the animals being cared for by PAWS during the cold winter months.
  • On the second Saturday of every month, the centre helped to raise funds for 12 selected, worthy charities/schools by selling fresh pancakes to passing patrons.
WONDERPARK SHOPPING CENTRE

Green/charity

The centre continued to assist the needy by growing vegetables on the property, which were collected by the charities once a week in exchange for their help in growing the vegetables. Organic waste from the centre is turned to compost and used in the vegetable patch. The charities benefiting from this aid all take care of orphaned children.

The centre, with the help and contributions of Builders Express and Stark Ayres, set up a vegetable garden display outside Pick n Pay and Ackermans. Students helped to raise funds from passing patrons, which were used to buy 1 000 seed packets to start new vegetable gardens at Pretoria Care for the Aged in Pretoria North, as well as Khodisong Early Learning Centre in Ga-Rankuwa and Lesedi Early Learning Centre in Mabopane.

Environmental

During Wonderpark’s construction phase, various trees and plants had to be moved for the ground to be cleared and levelled; and were temporarily planted in the same area as the vegetable garden. The trees will soon be replanted in prominent positions around the centre, once the expansion project has been completed.

Recycling

There are three recycling stations around Wonderpark, where people from the centre and local communities can dispose of their recyclable metal, plastic, paper and glass items into easily accessible, clearly marked bins.

Power saving

To save on costs and reduce its overall carbon footprint, the centre has converted to using only energy efficient globes for lighting throughout.

RANDRIDGE MALL

Recycling

The centre has placed a large glass recycling bin on the premises for patrons and the surrounding community, in order to make better use of their glass waste items.

Power saving

The centre is in the process of installing an energy efficient air-conditioning system that automatically adjusts output according to outside temperatures, saving on costs and reducing the centre’s emissions.

THE MARKET SQUARE SHOPPING CENTRE

Recycling

The centre focuses its recycling efforts on separating and recycling paper; cardboard boxes and packaging from the waste collected by its tenants.

Power saving

The centre has converted to using energy efficient globes for lighting exclusively, to save on costs and reduce its overall carbon footprint.

THE COLONY SHOPPING CENTRE

Power saving

The centre installed day/night sensors on its signage panels to avoid unnecessary energy wastage.

Recycling

We have bins for the recycling of cardboard and plastic with a newly introduced bin for glass recycling. Wet waste is also taken off site daily.

TURNING WASTE INTO FOOD

The Umzimkulu Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal and the Mbhashe Municipality in the Eastern Cape, have implemented a waste for food initiative, to help solve the problems of recycling and feeding the hungry. Locals from the community wear identifying uniforms and visit Emira’s centres, collecting the waste materials and packaging for recycling. They take the waste materials to the recycling plant, where they are given food vouchers.

At the Dundee Boulevard and Old Acre Dundee centres, cardboard and packaging materials are collected by locals who take the waste to the recycling plant, where they are paid per kilogram of material. Another positive result is that the centres have to pay less for waste removal as there is far less of it to remove.

Granada Square

In December 2013, the centre hosted the Umhlanga Tourism’s charity event — the annual “Carolsby Candlelight”. The event raised over R19 000 for Gozololo Day Care Centre and orphanagesin KwaMashu, Bambhai and Umbumbulu.These are large centres managed by the communitiesin the area and gifts came from various sources.

Children from the Shallcross Orphanage were beneficiaries of gifts sponsored by the Carols by Candlelight event.

God’s Plan Church in Waterloo supplied food parcels to suitably qualifying families for a month, each month and gifts at Christmas. A further flagship project was initiated where chicken “tractors”were installed with training in the developmentof small egg industries for the community and their sustainable economic upliftment.

The Rotaray Club of Verulam sponsored gifts foran orphanage in Inanda.

The Home Centre

In June 2013 the centre donated trees to Overport Secondary School, Clayton Primary School, Hartley Primary School in the Sydenham/Overport area.

DUNDEE BOULEVARD & OLD ACRE CENTRE

TURNING WASTE INTO FOOD

The Umzimkulu Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal and the Mbhashe Municipality in the Eastern Cape, have implemented a waste for food initiative, to help solve the problems of recycling and feeding the hungry. Locals from the community wear identifying uniforms and visit Emira’s centres, collecting the waste materials and packaging for recycling. They take the waste materials to the recycling plant, where they are given food vouchers.

At the Dundee Boulevard and Old Acre Dundee centres, cardboard and packaging materials are collected by locals who take the waste to the recycling plant, where they are paid per kilogram of material. Another positive result is that the centres have to pay less for waste removal as there is far less of it to remove.

GRANADA SQUARE

The STREM Board has recognised the importance of adopting sustainable environmental business practices to reduce the impact of the Fund’s activities. The Emira Green Building Policy defines the Fund’s actions to manage its impacts and an Environmental Committee was established to manage and monitor these initiatives.

The policy is aimed at the continuous improvement in how new, refurbished and existing buildings perform over their entire life cycle from an environmental, energy and economic perspective. The upgrading of the Emira portfolio is viewed, not only as responsible investing, but as a strategic advantage in terms of rentals obtainable and tenant retention.

The Fund recognises its responsibility to protect the interests of all its stakeholders and the objectives of the Fund are to conform to its stringent requirements for transparency, while operating profitably and remaining accountable to the broader community which it serves and respecting the natural environment.

Specific goals are to:

  • Create a common and consistent framework for green building standards across all properties within the portfolio.
  • Take better care of the environment in which the Fund operates — including identifying and responding to risks and opportunities associated with climate change.
  • Minimise the negative environmental impacts associated with building site selection, construction, refurbishment, operation, maintenance, repair and demolition without impairing the intended use of the function of the building.
  • Minimise the negative environmental impacts associated with building site selection, construction, refurbishment, operation, maintenance, repair and demolition without impairing the intended use of the function of the building.
  • Reduce overall expenditure through improved building performance.
    Lower greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions from buildings by improving energy efficiency and expanding the use of clean, renewable energy.
  • Capitalise on other benefits often achieved by green buildings such as healthier, more productive indoor environments and improved asset value.
  • Create economic opportunities by stimulating demand for green building products and services.
  • Encourage tenants, through constant communication, to adopt more environmentally friendly practices in their own businesses.

Measurement and baseline development

The Green Building Council of South Africa (“GBCSA”) has developed a rating tool to benchmark the performance of existing buildings’ operations and maintenance. Data from a survey of 350 buildings across South Africa informed the development of a benchmarking methodology and tool by a South African and international consulting team, in line with international best practice.

Emira measures its total Carbon Footprint across all properties owned, and discloses the results annually through our CDP report. Through the collection of this data we are able to benchmark our assets against our own portfolio as well as those in the GBCSA database. Variances are then detected and analysed to ensure ongoing performance of the asset.

Existing asset strategy

An extensive project to install electrical smart meters to all properties is nearing completion., an asset-by-asset strategy will be developed to include existing building GSSA certification, an interiors rating tool, tenant installation guidelines, Eskom rebate projects, strategic investment and renewable energy joint ventures.

Emira was proud to partake in the Green Building Council’s Existing Building Performance Pilot rating tool development. Through the Pilot we certified our Podium at Menlyn building and achieved a 4-Star Rating. The Case Study can be downloaded here.

New asset strategy

The Fund recognises the GreenStar South Africa (“GSSA”) rating system as the new benchmark for comparative green- building analysis. Emira will support the GBCSA’s initiatives to change the South African property sector, wherever possible.

The Fund will endeavour to achieve a minimum of 4-Star GSSA Design Office certification for all new commercial assets over 4 000m². It will also aim to achieve a minimum 4-Star GSSA As-built Retail certification for all new retail assets over 10 000 m².  After the Design certification has been achieved, we will endeavour to further certify the building via the Existing Building Performance Rating System to ensure that the ongoing operations of the building are as originally designed.

All assets developed below the above thresholds are deemed to be beyond current financial viability to obtain a formal certification from the Council, but the principles embedded within the GSSA guidelines are to be embraced so as to ensure the best financial sustainable development.

Emira is a proud member of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) and the initial signatory to their Statement of Commitment.

Emira has made progress on some of the changes implemented during the year to meet the requirements of the Property Sector Transformation Charter(“the PSTC”), which was gazetted in July 2012. The STREM Board acknowledges that B-BBEE shareholding in the Fund is an important step towards achieving the targets as set out in the Charter and these fundamental principles form part of the Board’s transformation agenda, viz:

  • Transferring ownership of land to people who were previously denied access to land through discriminatory policy and legislation.
  • Empowering historically disadvantaged individuals in order to redress the imbalances of the past.
  • Achieving a change in the racial and gender composition of ownership, control and management within the property sector.

The Fund’s empowerment credentials were verified during the year and Emira received a significantly improved rating as a Level 3 Contributor (2013: Level 5) in terms of the Charter criteria and rating system. Areas of improved performance were seen in the elements of ownership, preferential procurement and economic development as can be seen in the facing graphic.

Emira’s B-BBEE holding is 12,3% and its shareholders include the following:

Kagiso Tiso Holdings (Pty) Ltd (RF)

Kagiso Tiso Holdings (Pty) Ltd (RF) (“KTH”) was formed in July 2011 through the merger of two leading black-owned and managed companies, Kagiso Trust Investments (Pty) Ltd and the Tiso Group Limited. KTH has a gross asset value in excess of R15 billion, which gives it the capacity to develop robust investment platforms in key growth areas. The diverse asset base allows for strategic consolidation and participation in more meaningful transactions. KTH focuses on investing in businesses that produce sustainable and strong cash flows and deliver consistent growth in capital value and dividends to shareholders.

The Shalamuka Foundation (“Shalamuka”)

Shalamuka is a trust focusing on the creation of sustainable long-term funding for the Penreach Whole School Development Programme (“Penreach”), which was formed in 2006. Its inclusion as a B-BBEE PI holder in the Emira Property Fund creates sustainable long-term support and funding for the Penreach school-based outreach programme.

The RMBP Broad-based Empowerment Trust

Eris, previously RMB Properties (Pty) Ltd (“RMBP”) a Level 3 Contributor, employs approximately 250 black individuals, many of whom are responsible for the administration of the Fund and the day-to-day management of properties owned by Emira.

Avuka Investments (Pty) Ltd (“Avuka”)

Established in 2005, Avuka is a Black-controlled company and is wholly owned by the following Black women:

  • Dr Lulu Gwagwa, a former Deputy Director-General in the Department of Public Works and a non-executive director on the boards of several JSE-listed companies.
  • Nocawe Makiwane, a non-executive director on the STREM Board.
  • Nhlanhla Mjoli Mncube, the CEO of Mjoli Development Company and a non-executive director on the boards of several JSE-listed companies.
Ben van der Ross

Ben van der Ross is the Non-executive Chairman of STREM and also serves on the boards of FirstRand, Naspers, MMI Holdings, Distell, Lewis Stores, Pick n Pay, and on those of various unlisted companies.

Community involvement

Shalamuka, one of the Fund’s B-BBEE PI holders is the funding medium for the Penreach Whole School Development Programme. Established in the early 1990s, Penreach is a non-profit in-service education development programme that improves the teaching skills of qualified and unqualified educators and their schools in Mpumalanga and the surrounding areas.

It has resulted in the upliftment of local communities through improvement in education and quality of schools. This programme is the largest of its kind in the world and it focuses on the development of quality teaching and learning outcomes, as well as providing leadership development in schools.

The mission statement of Penreach is “to improve the quality and accessibility of education in under-resourced schools in black rural communities”. Its goal is to provide skills training to teachers and ultimately help schools to teach young people the necessary skills to become well-balanced, productive adults.

Beneficiaries include pre-primary and primary school educators, high school educators (with focus on mathematics, physical science and English development), school governing bodies, school management teams, mathematics and physical science learners, early childhood development educators attending Level 4 National Qualifications Framework courses and principals.

The beneficiaries of the Penreach programme are 100% black with 86% being black women of which more than 50% are rural dwelling.

The Shalamuka trustees are respected members of the business community and offer their services on a voluntary basis. Shalamuka is 100% compliant as a broad-based organisation in accordance with the Department of Trade and Industry Codes and has Empowerdex certification, with 85% of the trustees being black South Africans and 71% of which are black women.

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