Canal Walk strives to create an eco-savvy shopping environment. Ensuring that the centre is managed in an environmentally responsible manner, reducing energy consumption, waste production, and water usage, as well as re-using and recycling where possible.
The focus has been on the water crisis and due to this the centre has implemented a crisis management plan with solutions to reduce water consumption focusing on store and customer usage, and other ways to save and reduce water consumption through infrastructure, such as chiller plants and waste yards. Furthermore, the centre cleans urinals manually, therefore, no flushing mechanisms are in place, tap aerators have been installed to reduce water and grey water is used for toilet flushing.
Using new energy-efficient technologies and clever initiatives, Canal Walk is remaining green and reducing its carbon footprint. By utilising energy-efficient electronic ballasts, green roofing, glass glazing, efficient insulation, grey water structures for irrigation, monitoring systems and monitoring hazardous waste produced and disposed of by eateries.
Waste reduction and recycling initiatives have resulted in the following savings during the past year:
- 11 808 trees saved
- 18 152 litres of water saved
- 1 446 014m³ of carbon dioxide saved
- 6 273 879 kWh of energy saved
- 17 985m³ of waste diverted from landfill
Canal Walk Shopping Centre is involved with numerous community and social projects, which include Reach For A Dream, CANSA Shavathon, WP Blood Transfusion, Cupcakes for CANSA, SPCA and many more.
To celebrate Madiba’s legacy, we embrace Mandela Day with unique initiatives, inviting members of the public and corporates to donate their 67 minutes at the centre on Mandela Day, supporting worthy beneficiaries such as LEAP Science & Maths Schools and Stop Hunger Now.
We have previously hosted a corporate Golf Day where the proceeds raised were donated to a charity. The supported charities have included Ikamva Labantu, an organisation that works in disadvantaged communities and place enormous importance on Early Childhood Development, which lays the foundation of a child’s future learning. We have also supported the Smile Foundation, a non-profit charity, dedicated to transforming the lives of South African children with facial abnormalities in need of surgical intervention.
Each December we have two gift wrapping stations in-centre to assist customers. All proceeds are donated to Reach for a Dream.
Throughout the year, we assist schools and charity organisations in the Western Cape with their fundraising efforts. We encourage all visitors to participate in our various initiatives, as we aim to support our community.