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Here at Princesshay, we take our commitment to the environment very seriously, but, we know that we can do more. That’s why we’re working towards becoming even more environmentally conscious. So, along with maintaining our already successful initiatives, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve. 

We are committed to helping tackle the global climate and biodiversity crises by creating greener, healthier and more sustainable places. Here are just a few of the amazing things we’ve been working towards.

Initiatives the centre has in place:

  • New EV charging points have now been installed at our Summerland Gate car park with some due very soon at the main multi storey car park in Princesshay.
  • A sculpture by Teignmouth-based artist, Malcom Curley, has been created for display in Princesshay – it’s made entirely from recycled materials! Come and find it onsite from Wednesday 15th September.
  • Ride On Cycling will remain onsite in a pop-up space offering FREE Dr Bike checks during September and October.
  • We have created a short film about the public artwork on display in Princesshay as part of this years Heritage Open Days.  

Facts and figures:

  • Princesshay is home to a rooftop garden complete with five hives and approximately 300,000 honey bees!
  • In their 2020/21 annual report, our joint landlords, The Crown Estate, reported a 34% year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions.
  • Nuveen, joint landlords of Princesshay have generated electricity equivalent to boiling a kettle 1.3m times from solar installations located across the UK. That’s equivalent to the yearly electricity usage of 730 houses and offset the same CO2 as planting nearly 6000 trees!
  • Here at Princesshay we recycled 56,420kg of cardboard in 2020/21. That’s the equivalent of saving 959 trees!
  • In 2020/21 Princesshay recycled 40,719kg of wood waste.
  • Absolute energy use across The Crown Estate’s portfolio has declined by 24% this year. 
  • 71% of the electricity purchased by The Crown Estate during 2020/21 was from renewable sources. The target is to procure 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2023.
  • Princesshay recycled 16,620kg of plastic in 2020/21, which saved the equivalent of nearly 300 barrels of oil!
  • The Crown Estate are committed to aligning with the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Climate Agreement, with a target to become a net zero carbon business by 2030!

Coming soon… 

  • We are creating an educational space about bees called ‘The Hive,’ which will launch here at Princesshay for October half term. This space will be a meeting point for school trips and community groups visiting our amazing rooftop bee project.  
  • We have teamed up with Moths to a Flame to sponsor the Exeter schools and community groups aspect of their project with hundreds of plastics milk bottles being turned into moths and displayed in Bampfylde Lane on 3rd–22nd October before heading up to the COP26 Climate Summit.

    Find out about the upcoming Moths to a Flame events in Exeter!