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Sustainability

6 STARS FOR ENERGY

MarketPlace Leichhardt, owned by Local Government Super, has achieved a 6 Star NABERS Energy rating (the Centre uses 100% GreenPower – a 4.5 Star rating without GreenPower) and a 3.5 Star NABERS rating for water consumption.

MarketPlace Leichhardt began its quest to attain NABERS accreditation in 2007, systematically introducing energy and water saving initiatives – of which have cumulatively reduced energy consumption by 50%.

NABERS ratings are based on 12 months of operational water and energy usage. Although application for a NABERS Rating is voluntary, Local Government Super viewed this as a vital step to properly measure and benchmark the Centre’s environmental achievements, and to continually strive for improvements. NABERS is a national initiative for the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments and is managed by the Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.

The star rating is indicative of better energy and water performance and lower emission of greenhouse gases, with 6 stars being the highest achievement:

  • 6 Stars: Industry Leader – best practice
  • 5 Stars: Excellent performance
  • 4 Stars: Strong performance
  • 3 Stars: Above average performance
  • 2 Stars: Below average performance
  • 1 Star: Poor performance

So how did MarketPlace Leichhardt reach this achievement? Being a shopping centre that is almost 40 years old meant that we didn’t have the energy or water saving features that a new shopping centre would take for granted. To reduce our energy and water consumption an extensive Centre retrofit program was executed, and from this point continual developments and best practices have since been implemented, such as:

  • Installing energy efficient lights through the common malls, and fitting all plant and equipment with energy efficient motors and drives.
  • Solar panels on the Centre’s rooftop supply energy to our community amenities and parents’ rooms.
  • Electrical and water metre tracking has influenced a reduction in retailer usage, as well as encouraging high-consuming retailers to invest in sustainable appliance alternatives such as waterless woks.
  • Efficiently sorting all Centre waste to ensure that recyclable materials are actually recycled, preventing unnecessary landfill.
  • Recycling the cooking oil from food retailers for reuse in products such as soaps, spay adjuvants and lubricants (almost 90% of MarketPlace Leichhardt’s discarded oil is able to be reused).
  • Purchasing 100% GreenPower since 2007.
  • Implementing ‘Green Leases’ to regulate new and renewing retailers to purchase 100% GreenPower and ensure fitouts comply with best practice standards for recycling, lighting, power, water and waste management.
  • Engaging and educating our community on new green ideas and ‘at home’ practices through our annual Enviro Expos.
  • Rewarding shoppers for recycling by trading re-usable calico shopping bags for 10 plastic grocery bags (to be recycled).

Local Government Super believes its investments, like MarketPlace Leichhardt, should show a commitment to our community and the environment. Through investing in ‘green buildings’, renewable energy and alternative investments based on clean technology, Local Government Super is helping to offset the risk of its carbon footprint.

SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATION

We’re excited to announce that we’ve invested $1.2million installing the largest shopping centre rootop solar system in the Inner West.

This means we’ll beable to power 40% of the shopping centre using our own renewable energy source and reduce our emissions by 400 tonnes CO2 each year.

RETURN & EARN WITH US

As part of our litter reduction and sustainability initiatives, MarketPlace Leichhardt has a Reverse Vending Machine to collect eligible containers. Better still, once you’ve inserted your empty containers, you then select your preferred method of payment!

You can choose to:

  1. Get a refund
  2. Earn Woolworths cash refund
  3. Choose a charity to donate your refund to

The Return & Earn machine can be found at Foster Lane, Leichhardt. Recycling bay parking is available.

The Tomra return and earn system was commissioned at MarketPlace Leichhardt in August 2019, being the third system installed in the Inner West. Within weeks of the system being commissioned the larger Inner West community has taken to the return and earn very quickly with the first months recycling figures being 35000, the popularity grew rapidly. In the 11 months to June 2020 we saw a total of 2,557,165 containers recycled, this was beyond the expectations of both Tomra and MarketPlace Leichhardt.

In the next 6 months to December 2020, the system recycled a further 2,606,169 containers with a record month of 571,929 in December, we have now seen a total of 5,163,334 containers recycled in 17 months. These outstanding results have seen the system at MarketPlace knock on the door of being the number one unit in the Inner West. Based on the number of containers recycled to date, this has generated approximately $516,333 in refunds/donations which is split between Paypal/Cash, Woolworths vouchers and charity donations.