In the 2014 financial year, Goodman extended its efforts to embed sustainability into its operations. While our current Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CR&S) strategy has been in place for the past four years, the focus during the year was to create consistency in key activities across our operating regions in a tangible and measured way.
The global nature of our operations means that we are able to share knowledge and resources between our property development and operations teams. Goodman has set minimum development standards to ensure that our global customer base can expect the same high standard of quality and sustainability in our developments regardless of geographic location.
Our CR&S programme continues to evolve in line with the growth of Goodman’s business globally and the expectations of our stakeholders. Sustainability highlights for the 2014 financial year include:
- incorporating a range of sustainable design initiatives into our completed developments globally;
- energy upgrade projects completed in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United Kingdom (UK);
- publication of Goodman’s second CR&S Report, in line with the Global Reporting Initiative;
- company membership to the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark and submissions for five separate Goodman funds globally;
- certified green development projects in Australia, Japan, Continental Europe and the UK;
- over 15 current developments in Germany seeking certification under the DGNB (German Sustainable Business Council) rating system; and
- winner of the CitySwitch Award (+2,000 sqm category) in NSW for Goodman’s Sydney head office which achieved a 5.5 Star NABERS Energy rating.
Our CR&S programme
Goodman’s current CR&S programme is structured to improve the way we conduct our business and is focused on enhancing the quality and long-term sustainability of our developments. It is closely aligned with our primary operating activities of property investment, development, management and fund management.
Our CR&S strategy is currently comprised of six programme areas:
- sustainable development;
- asset management;
- engagement and reporting;
- corporate performance;
- people and community; and
We understand the importance of incorporating sustainability features during the planning and design stage of a property.
A focus on sustainable development
One of the main components of our CR&S programme is our focus on sustainable development. As the largest industrial property group listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and one of the largest developers of industrial property globally, we understand the importance of incorporating sustainability features during the planning and design stage of a property.
Our development specifications include a range of design initiatives and we continue to work closely with our customers to evaluate additional features which improve the efficiency and operational performance of each development. Various sustainable design initiatives are incorporated into the 76 projects Goodman currently has in progress. Efficient warehouse lighting, such as automated T5 fluorescent or LED high bay lighting, remains a priority area as lighting is usually one of the greatest consumers of energy in a standard warehouse.
During the year, Goodman completed 1.6 million sqm of new developments globally. In Australia, three developments were completed at Bungarribee Industrial Estate located near Eastern Creek in Sydney. These include the new Toll IPEC facility, featuring energy efficient LED lighting technology throughout the entire warehouse, and the high bay extension to the Green Star certified (Industrial Design v1 and As Built v1) Metcash facility. Other completed developments, including logistics facilities for Bantex and Bunnings, incorporated standard design features such as T5 lighting in the warehouse, daylight sensors, wall insulation, rainwater harvesting, native plants and water efficient landscaping.
Several office developments were completed in Australia during the year, all of which included a high level of sustainable initiatives in their design. Two of the Sydney developments to achieve Green Star certification, include a 5 star Green Star Office v3 Design for the Fujitsu development at Macquarie View Corporate Park, North Ryde, and a 4 star Green Star Office v3 Design for the Canon development at The Park, Macquarie Park.
In New Zealand, 12 new projects were announced during the 2014 financial year. Completed developments during the year included the 5,480 sqm Genesis Energy building at Central Park Corporate Centre in Auckland, which incorporated sustainable features such as LED lighting, high performance glazing and daylight harvesting sensors.
The acquisition of the Fonterra development currently in progress in Auckland was announced during the year. The 16,002 sqm state-of-the-art campus style building will feature seven levels of large flexible floor plates and incorporate a range of sustainable design initiatives, materials and building control systems.
Goodman's Australian carbon emissions
- Electricity 96.8%
- Gas 2.3%
- Petrol 0.5%
- Diesel 0.4%
In the United Kingdom, several developments were completed during the year, including the 10,423 sqm facility at the Aylesford Commercial Park in Kent for Kent County Council. The turnkey development included a high level of sustainable features in its design such as automated LED lighting throughout the office and warehouse, carbon neutral building envelope, a high level of insulation, use of recycled aggregate and rainwater harvesting. The development achieved a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment (BREEAM) very good rating. Also achieving a BREEAM very good rating was the 58,274 sqm development for Kuehne + Nagel and Heineken at Derby Commercial Park, which included efficient lighting with daylight and movement sensors, high level of insulation, and rainwater harvesting for amenities.
In Japan, the completion of Goodman Sakai at Osaka Bay created a landmark development for Goodman’s operations in the Japanese market. The 130,000 sqm development represents a high quality, modern logistics facility, with a focus on user comfort and a unique workspace aimed at attracting and retaining employees. The building is the first logistics facility in Western Japan to achieve LEED Gold pre-certification, and includes LED lighting in the common areas, automated efficient lighting and a large scale solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof. Three other developments in progress; Goodman Mizue, Tokyo Bay, Goodman Ichikawa, Tokyo Bay and Goodman Obu, Nagoya also feature high sustainable design standards.
Across Continental Europe, Goodman’s completed developments continue to incorporate a high level of sustainable design features. These routinely include initiatives such as energy efficient heating and lighting systems and increased natural lighting. The Ingersoll Rand turnkey facility in the Czech Republic, which completed during the year, achieved a high level of energy and water efficiency and is targeting LEED Gold certification. An overall priority for our developments in Continental Europe is obtaining certification, and currently 16 of Goodman’s developments have achieved a DGNB silver rating.
Our team in Japan has undertaken a milestone renewable energy project, completing the installation of an approximately 10MW solar PV system on rooftops across the existing portfolio and our recently completed developments.
The drive to increase consistency across all of our regions has been demonstrated by the level of sustainability in our developments in China. With high standards set by Goodman Interlink in Hong Kong and Goodman Beijing Airport Logistics Centre, current developments include a greater range of sustainable design initiatives. The Goodman Qingpu warehouse development is targeting LEED Silver certification and also certification under the new Chinese Green Code (Design and Operation). Efficient lighting systems, increased natural lighting and extensive metering are now common features in our developments in China, including the recently completed Goodman Pudong International Airport Logistics Park (phase two) in Shanghai.
In Goodman’s newer markets, our sustainability focus is to ensure that development specifications include a level of sustainable design features similar to our more mature markets. In the US, the recently completed Goodman Logistics Center Oakland in California is targeting a LEED Silver rating and includes features such as a heat reflective roof membrane, natural lighting and onsite water retention swales.
Managing the performance of our assets
During the year, our Property Services teams globally completed various initiatives to enhance the performance of our assets. In Australia, we completed multiple initiatives and projects to improve the operational efficiency of the portfolio. These included several high bay lighting upgrades at a number of Sydney properties such as the Coles Chilled Distribution Centre, Eastern Creek (upgrade to LED lighting), the Chullora Business Park (upgrade to T5 fluorescent lighting) and the Silverwater Distribution Centre (upgrade to T5 fluorescent lighting).
During the year, the Australian Property Services team has also been trialling an innovative energy monitoring and reporting system on several office buildings. The system provides our building managers with enhanced performance reporting, enabling them to make timely operating changes to improve performance. The project has resulted in significant energy savings and is being evaluated for rollout across the majority of the office portfolio.
In New Zealand, our Property Services team has either completed, or is in the process of completing, several energy improvement projects. This includes the 14,332 sqm Vodafone Building in Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, where we are installing new metering, implementing new control strategies for the air distribution system and solar sensors to compensate for solar gain. At Show Place in Christchurch, Goodman is currently undertaking a major mechanical and electrical upgrade at the building, including the complete replacement of the HVAC system as well as installation of LED lighting, energy metering and a new building management system.
In Hong Kong, further lighting improvements were completed across the portfolio, including the upgrade of existing lighting in common areas with energy efficient T5 fluorescent lighting. Other energy improvement projects featured the installation of variable speed drives for drainage pumps at several properties. In China, the Goodman Shanghai office achieved a LEED Commercial Interiors Gold rating in relation to the recently completed Activity Based Working fit-out project, while the Goodman Beijing and Goodman Chengdu offices are currently being rated for LEED Commercial Interiors.
In Continental Europe, results from our assessments through the Goodman Sustainability Benchmark process have been incorporated into asset plans. This enables upgrade works to be identified and budgeted and provides management with a technical outlook for our existing investments and the timeline to upgrade specific items relating to sustainability.
Renewable energy in Japan
Our team in Japan has undertaken a milestone renewable energy project, completing the installation of an approximately 10MW solar PV system on rooftops across the existing portfolio and our recently completed developments. The system generates income from the production and sale of renewable energy into the grid.
Australian greenhouse gas emissions
Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in Goodman’s Australian operations for the 2014 financial year have been calculated as 46,534 tCO2e. This represents an approximate 4% increase in our absolute emissions for the period, primarily due to the completion of several developments and acquisitions, including Sydney Corporate Park in NSW.
Our GHG calculation includes scope 1 and 2 emissions generated from Goodman’s Australian property and building management services, encompassing assets owned directly by Goodman and those within our Australian managed funds. Where sub-metering allows, it excludes the GHG emissions of our customers.