27 Apr 2022
From 25 March to 22 April, Frasers Property Retail commemorated Frasers Property Environment month with various activities for staff and the community.
This year, Frasers Property Environment Month took place from 25 March to 22 April, starting with Earth Hour and ending on Earth Day. Throughout the month, various environment-related initiatives were held for both staff and shoppers that visit the malls of Frasers Property. Here’s a look at the initiatives held during the month.
Towards net-zero carbon
Only 18 April, Frasers Property Retail took part in a supply signing ceremony for the Tampines Distributed District Cooling (DDC) network. With this, Century Square and Tampines 1 will be part of the first batch of buildings to be retrofitted to be part Singapore’s first brownfield DDC network. This DDC is a first of its kind brownfield cooling solution, which involves centralising cooling plants that distribute chilled water to various buildings through an underground network of insulated pipes to provide air conditioning.
Tampines 1 and Century Square were selected as two of three injection nodes, due to their existing sustainable and energy efficient structures.
When completed, the DDC network comprising 14 buildings is projected to reduce energy consumption by 17%, and carbon emissions by 18%. To put this in perspective, the carbon reduction is equivalent to removing 2,250 cars from the roads annually.
Together with Charge+, SP Group and Tesla, Frasers Property Retail will be rolling out a total of 36 new EV charging points across 12 of our malls progressively. The new EV charging points at the malls will support Singapore’s growing push towards EV adoption, and develop a comprehensive charging ecosystem island wide which is in line with Singapore Green Plan 2030.
EV drivers can fully charge their vehicles with as little as 30 minutes when parking at our malls, which makes it convenient for our shoppers.
Beyond commemorating the one hour for Earth Hour, our malls continued to switch off non-essential lighting for three hours over a period of one week. Through this, approximately 4,500 kwh of energy was saved which is equivalent to power one mobile phone for 4,500 years! Tenants were also encouraged to participate in this movement by switching off their non-essential lighting and electrical appliances.
Rallying community efforts
Since 2019, Frasers Property Retail has partnered with The Food Bank Singapore to place their donation boxes at our malls. Through the campaign ‘Don’t let Good Food Go to Waste’, shoppers are invited to embrace environmental sustainability and tackle food waste by donating non-perishable food items at dedicated The Food Bank Singapore donation boxes located across 13 participating malls.
Shoppers can conveniently donate their non-perishable food items that are unopened and has more than four weeks of shelf life near customer service across 12 malls of Frasers Property Retail.
All donations are redistributed to households in need, through beneficiaries like Family Service Centres, Soup Kitchens and other voluntary welfare organisations. To date, more than 21,500kg of food have been collected from the public.
From 11 March to 10 April, Changi City Point invited their shoppers to donate their gently worn shoes to Soles4Souls and help victims of disaster and poverty get back on their feet. For each pair of shoes donated, Changi City Point donated $3 to Singapore Disability Sports Council. In total, close to 500 pairs of shoes were collected.
On weekends between 26 March to 23 April, shoppers at Century Square and Tampines 1 could sign up for an upcycling workshop with a minimum spend of $50. Held over four weeks, shoppers will learn to make a range of handy daily items including a mask holder, coaster mat, pouch or cardholder with upcycled paper or fabric!
Shoppers at Eastpoint Mall brought their old t-shirts and upcycled them to create colourful coasters.
Between 19 and 20 March, shoppers at Eastpoint Mall were invited to join in a free upcycling workshop hosted by Kent Ridge Tuition Centre. White Sands is also hosted Cool Craft Workshops for shoppers keen to design their own pencil case or cereal box.
Over at Northpoint City, shoppers are encouraged to take small steps to do their part for the environment by redeeming eco-friendly products for 20 Frasers Points on the Frasers Experience (FRx) app. Shoppers can redeem reusable cutlery, eco-friendly insoles and more from 18 March to 15 May 2022.
Involving our staff
In addition to placing The Food Bank Singapore donation boxes at the malls, 100 staff volunteers helped pack and distribute 1,000 food bundles to 10 different beneficiaries under the organisation.
100 staff volunteers helped packed and distribute a total of 1,000 food bundles across 10 volunteer sessions held from 18 to 22 April.
Each food bundle contains nine items ranging from staples such as rice, to daily essentials like body wash and hygiene kits.
Together with Plastic-Lite, Frasers Property Retail organised a beach clean up event where 30 staff volunteered to clean up a stretch of East Coast Beach. In total, 15.8kg of trash was collected from the three-hour event.
During the session, Plastic-Lite shared the sources of pollution, its impact on the environment, and how individuals can make a difference in caring for the environment.
Besides cleaning up the beach, Plastic-Lite also shared with staff on the impact of plastics, as well as some actions individuals can take to mitigate climate change.
The road to sustainability is a long journey and everyone has a part to play in protecting the planet. Beyond Frasers Property Environment month, we look forward to coming up with more sustainable initiatives that not only involve our staff but the community as well.