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The buildings sector contributes about 16% of Singapore's greenhouse gases. Buildings are also accountable for significant electricity and water consumption and waste generation. As a green and responsible developer, CDL recognises the impact our buildings may have on the environment and is committed to reducing our environmental impact.

CDL cares for the environment and our stakeholders. Our EHS Policy sets the strategic direction for all employees to take practical efforts to ensure effective EHS management so as to create a "Safe and Green" culture, continually striving to conserve resources and prevent pollution.

Our environmental management focuses on energy and water conservation, recycling and minimisation of waste across our operations.


The EMS, which is based on a Plan-Do-Check-Act model, is integrated into CDL's overall operations. It provides a systematic approach to minimise our operational impact on the environment and provides the framework for continua l improvement in our environmental performance.

CDL established the Corporate EHS Policy in 2003 and all operations are to adhere to the principles. With the policy in place, CDL (Projects Division) attained the ISO 14001 EMS and OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management (OHSMS) System certifications for property development and project management in the same year.

CDL (Property & Facilities Management Division) was awarded the Integrated Management System of ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) and ISO 14001 EMS standards for property and facilities management in 2007.

In 2008, CDL had all our core divisions and supporting operations conform to the ISO 14001 certification. The scope covers all headquarter activities of Group Finance and Accounts, Corporate Affairs, Projects Division, Property & Facilities Management Division, Marketing/Leasing, Information Systems, Business Development and Asset Management, Customer Relationship Management and Internal Audit. This has been a significant development, with all parts of the business now adhering to the EMS.


CDL acknowledges that all employees, including those working on behalf of the Company such as our contractors and suppliers whose jobs may cause significant environmental impacts, should have the necessary expertise, training or experience to carry out their work.

Training and awareness programmes are provided to increase the environmental consciousness of employees and contractors. Al l new employees are given a detailed introduction to CDL's Corporate EHS Policy and their responsibilities in the EMS. We also strongly encourage our employees to attend external seminars and workshops to upgrade their skills or knowledge related to environmental management. As for our contractors, we have been conducting the CDL 5-Star EHS Review Seminar for them on a quarterly basis since 2001 to raise their EHS standards. Best practices are shared during the review sessions to encourage peer learning.

CDL also believes in engaging the support of our stakeholders, including employees and external interested parties, to achieve excellent environmental performance. We provide various modes of communication to share our commitments, best practices, programmes and environmental performance as well as solicit their feedback and suggestions for continual improvement. We are committed to take all necessary action to prevent the occurrence of potential non-conformance or recurrence of non-conformance. All CDL employees are encouraged to be forthcoming when reporting of environmental-related accidents, complaints, incidents, non-compliance and non-conformity. At CDL work sites, we also provide a hotline number where the public can report to us.


CDL is committed to complying with all applicable legal requirements. Compliance evaluations are carried out quarterly, especially when there are new regulations or changes to the legal requirements. We also constantly assess our activities and operations to ensure full compliance to the regulated limits enforced by the local governing authorities such as the BCA, NEA, PUB and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and other relevant enforcers where appropriate.

CDL also takes measures to ensure regulatory requirements are taken into consideration at the planning stage for any activity or operation. Hence, we are proactive in influencing and engaging our stakeholders, such as the architects, contractors, designers and engineers to embrace a safe and environmentally-friendly designs, plans and programmes. CDL continues to follow through the compliance status during the construction and operational phase. This is done through regular audits and our CDL 5-Star EHS Assessment system.


Managing the environmental aspects is a key element in the EMS. We identify significant environmental aspects for activities, products or services that can potentially have critical negative environmental impact. The risk assessment criteria used consist of the likelihood of the occurrence, severity of the impact and control measures.

The key significant environmental aspects of our business are energy, water and waste. In the last few years, CDL has placed our priority on reducing energy use across our operations in recognition of the impact of global warming and climate change being a major global environmental challenge. In addition, our focus also includes water management and waste minimisation as Singapore does not have abundant natural freshwater sources and has limited disposal sites.

CDL implements and evaluates measures to mitigate all significant environmental aspects. This is done through setting objectives and targets, establishing programmes and/or putting in place work procedures and guidelines. The guiding principle of the mitigating measures is to follow the hierarchy of control, including elimination, substitution, isolation, use of engineering control, use of administrative control and last of all, use of personal protective equipment .

Due to the different nature of operations and activities, the Projects Division, Property & Facilities Management Division, and Corporate Management and Operations will each evaluate its set of significant environmental aspects and establish the corresponding environmental objectives and targets and programmes.


CDL recognises that we must regularly audit our operations and activities in order to know what is effective and what can be improved upon. CDL's EMS audit programme involves teams of internal and external auditors conducting audits at least once a year.

Internal audits are essential to ensure the EMS ha s been properly planned, implemented and maintained in conformance with the ISO 14001 international standard and to identify areas of improvement. The actual frequency of internal audits depends on past audit results as well as the potential risks and importance associated with the activity or operation. Typically, each project development is to be audited at least once in its project cycle and each audit should cover all three stages, i.e., planning, procurement and construction.

The Company is also subject to external audits, conducted by an accredited certification body of the initial certification and surveillance visits. External surveillance audits are conducted each year to verify that the EMS continues to be maintained, implemented and to deliver continual improvements until the next re-certification cycle.


CDL's environmental performance of CDL includes data from Projects, Property & Facilities Management, Corporate Management and Operation and total summary of energy used and carbon emissions.

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