The V&A


​​​​​​​​Since 2008, the V&A Waterfront has invested R45 Million into energy efficiency, water savings and waste recycling across the 123 hectare property, as well as  introducing a number of other greening initiatives across the precinct.

The shareholders have embarked on a programme to green the property in order for the entire operation to be environmentally sustainable, improve efficiencies and save costs. Included in this are the change to electricity tariffs structures, power, lighting and temperature control.


​​​In 2008, water saving initiatives were introduced which include water efficient toilets and urinals, water sensor taps in all bathrooms, drip irrigation and variable irrigation times. A waste minimisation drive has nearly halved the amount of waste going to landfills and tenants were incentivised to reduce waste at source by introducing new waste tariff structures.

As part of the company’s commitment towards being environmentally responsible, a sustainability committee was established, with its members successfully completing the Gyb-eLearning programme as created by Nedbank for green businesses, contributing significantly to the implementation of initiatives within in the company. (The programme now also includes the introduction of a carbon emissions measuring program highlighting a significant reduction in carbon emissions over the last 4 years.) In 2013, the programme was opened to the rest of the company in order to create a greater commitment towards a more sustainable or greener environment.

Visitors to the V&A are also encouraged to participate in its green conscious ethics. Recycling bins have been located throughout the property and in order to encourage visitors to be “car-free”; bicycle lanes have been introduced. The V&A Waterfront Operations Team have also reduced vehicle patrols by increasing bicycle patrols instead. 

Furthermore, the City of Cape Town’s My CiTi bus routes have also been included across the V&A to make public transport easier, further reducing the number of cars entering the property.

Environmental Policy Statement

The V&A Waterfront is managed as a professional and environmentally conscious business, acknowledging the impact that its operations may potentially have on the environment.

The Waterfront is committed to applying best practice in Environmental Management and has set the following objectives:

  • To ensure compliance with all local, national and international laws, regulations and standards applicable to its business
  • To set specific objectives for managing the environment or to improve or minimise environmental impacts in relation to the Waterfront
  • To monitor and report on environmental objectives by including environmental targets in the key performance indicators.
  • To consider the effect that our operations may have on the local community;
  • To promote environmental awareness amongst our suppliers, contractors and partners by implementation of operational procedures;
  • Ensuring effective and expedient incident control, investigation and reporting
  • To document, implement and maintain this policy and ensure that it is communicated to all employees with the intend that employees are made aware of their environmental responsibilities
  • To make this policy available to interested and effected parties by displaying it publicly
  • To review this policy annually to ensure it remains relevant and appropriate to the V&A Waterfront

All employees and subcontractors of the V&A Waterfront are expected to co-operate and assist in the implementation of the policy, whilst ensuring that their own tasks, as far as is reasonable practicable, are carried out without risk to themselves, others or the environment. This includes co-operating with management on any environmental related matters.

The Waterfront will take all practical steps possible to ensure that potential hazards and risk to the environment are identified and that suitable and effective preventative and control measures are implemented.

This policy was approved by the CEO of the V&A Waterfront on July 2014

Accolades Achieved So Far

Platinum Heritage Environmental Certification (June 2015):
The Heritage Environmental Rating Programme aims to recognise businesses that have achieved full compliance with the heritage standards of Heritage South Africa. The V&A Waterfront has recently upgraded to Platinum status, becoming one of only four establishments in the Western Cape to have Platinum Heritage status.

Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA): 4-Star ‘Existing Building’ Ratings (May 2015):
The GBCSA awarded both Victoria Wharf and the V&A Waterfront’s BP Building 4-Star ‘Existing Building’ ratings, reflecting the buildings’ high-level environmentally friendly and sustainable operating efficiency.

South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) Awards (June 2014) - multiple awards:
In the commercial building division, the No.1 Silo was announced as the winner of the Overall Green Award as well at the winner of the Corporate Property Development Award. It also won the overall Best Building in South Africa Award. In the residential development division, the neighbouring No. 2 Silo was rated as the winner of that category, as the greenest and best place to live in South Africa.

World Responsible Travel Awards: Best Destination Responsible Tourism

The V&A Waterfront, Cape Town was awarded 'Best Destination' gold winner. There were no Silver Award winners in this category for 2014. The best destination for responsible tourism category is awarded to a holiday destination setting an inspirational and influential example for responsible tourism.

Explained: The Best destination category is for those destinations who put their unique community and environment at the heart of exciting and memorable tourism experiences; places which use tourism to make better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit. Whether a village, town, city, region or country, the Best destination category is looking for places that inspire and promote responsible holiday experiences that celebrate and protect the best of their destination.

Previous winners include Bonito, Brazil; The New Forest, UK; Roros, Norway; and New Zealand.

What the Judges wanted: A destination with a committed and broad integrated approach to responsible tourism, one that inspires and excites, and provides an example of best practice for other destinations around the world.

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Energy Efficiency Award
2012 Energy Efficiency Forum Awards for Commercial Buildings

ETA Eskom Award
Eskom 2012 ETA Award in the Commercial Category

Heritage Gold Environmental Certification
The V&A Waterfront has been upgraded to a gold level recipient of the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme, one of the world’s top eco-labelling and rating systems. The Waterfront is the first entity of its’ nature in Africa to have received this prestigious award.  The Programme offers businesses recognition for the efforts being made to reduce impacts on the environment and towards sustainable and environmentally responsible practice. The Waterfront maintains its current gold status with an average of 91% and aims for Platinum status by November 2014.

Six star Green Star rating
The No.1 Silo office building at the V&A Waterfront was been awarded a 6 star Green Star SA rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa. It is only the second building to be awarded a 6 star Green rating in South Africa and the first in the Western Cape.

Four star Green Star rating
Following the success of the No.1 Silo award, No.2 Silo has been awarded a four star Green Star rating. The residential building is a first for the V&A in 5 years and one with sustainability at its core and the first residential development in South Africa assessed using the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA) version 1 rating tool.

Lilizela Awards
Best Single Resource Management Programme – Water (2013)
Best Single Resource Management Programme – Energy (2013)
Best Single Resource Management Programme – Energy (2014)

The Lilizela Awards are given to tourism establishments to honour their contributions as well as to those who drive innovation of delivering quality service and products.