Two Leeds shopping centres “go green” for World Environment Day

Trinity Leeds at night, 2018. Picture by Simon Dewhurst

Two of the biggest retail and leisure destinations in Leeds are “going green”’ to show their support for today’s World Environment Day.

Landsec-owned Trinity Leeds and White Rose Shopping Centre are getting behind the international campaign which aims to encourage worldwide awareness and action for environmental protection.

Both Trinity Leeds and White Rose will turn their roof lights green for the day, and plans are in place to swap out plastic straws with more environmentally-friendly paper straws at Trinity Kitchen.

Dan Wharton, marketing manager at Trinity Leeds, said: “World Environment Day is really important. We have to act now and do what we can to look after our planet and ensure future generations can continue to enjoy it for years to come.”

Trinity Leeds and White Rose Shopping Centre are both home to aerobic digesters which turn waste food into water, which is then pumped back into the UK water system.

In one calendar year, White Rose Shopping Centre’s digester:

  • Processes 114 tonnes of food – the equivalent weight of a blue whale
  • Generates 80,000 litres of water – the equivalent of 701 fish tanks
  • Saves almost 88 tonnes of carbon emissions – the equivalent of taking 57 cars off the road for a year.

Since being installed in November last year, Trinity Leeds’ digester has:

  • Processed 61 tonnes of food waste – the equivalent weight of 9 elephants
  • Generated 43,000 litres of water – the equivalent of 537 baths
  • Saved 12.8 tonnes of carbon emissions compared to sending it to landfill – the equivalent of over 20,000 passenger vehicle miles a year.

White Rose is also home to the largest solar photovoltaic system at a retail site in the UK.

The installation, completed in 2017 and situated on the roof of White Rose, generates 680,000 kWh of power a year – enough electricity to power more than 200 UK homes for 12 months.

In its first year, the system is expected to reduce carbon emissions at White Rose by 250 tonnes – the equivalent of more than half a million miles of passenger car emissions. White Rose also boasts four electric vehicle charging points next to its new outdoor leisure extension, The Village.

Nikki Appleton, marketing manager at White Rose Shopping Centre, said: “World Environment Day is something that every single person and business can get involved in.

“We take our responsibility very seriously and realise what a positive impact we can make, which is why we’re proud to have our own solar power system and aerobic digesters right here on site. We encourage everyone in Leeds to do their bit for World Environment Day too, no matter how small.”


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