The V&A Waterfront started its sustainability journey in 2008, increasing the energy efficiency, water savings and waste recycling across this 123-hectare property. It has also introduced a number of other greening initiatives across the precinct.

The aim of the shareholders is for the entire operation to be environmentally sustainable, to improve efficiency, and to save costs. Included in this are changes to electricity tariff structures, power, lighting and temperature control.

Read about our journey to sustainability.

Aligning our efforts to the global sustainable development goals

The V&A Waterfront is an iconic mixed-use destination located in the oldest working harbour in the Southern Hemisphere. With Table Mountain as its backdrop, the 123-hectare neighbourhood sits within the beautiful city of Cape Town, welcoming millions of people from all over the continent and the rest of the world. The V&A is a symbol of heritage and diversity, where people from all walks of life can play, live, shop, dine and work while immersed in the vibrant spirit and authentic local culture that thrives in this bustling ecosystem. It sees its role on the continent to be a platform that facilitates and champions art and design, to support entrepreneurship and innovation, lead the charge on sustainability, and drive positive social and economic change. By prioritising people and the planet, the V&A is an example of how working with communities, respecting the environment, and operating with passion and integrity is a better, more productive, and kinder way of doing business.

The organisation sees for itself the opportunity to promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all, in alignment with the United Nation’s Sustainable Goals.

Sustainability Policy
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CSI programmes and initiatives

The V&A Waterfront is committed to establishing, promoting, maintaining and improving a culture of economic, social and environmental sustainability and responsibility through all of its stakeholders. It is committed to best sustainable practice in all of these spheres.

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Water saving initiatives

In 2008, water-saving initiatives were introduced which include water-efficient toilets and urinals, sensor-operated taps in all bathrooms, drip irrigation for all ground covers and pre-set irrigation times in alignment with the current by-laws.



Reduction in water consumption


Invested into energy efficiency


In reduction in carbon emissions


of waste diverted from landfills annually
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