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For over a decade now, CDL has been championing the cause for green building in Singapore and will continue to do so because it is the right thing to do. We make it our business to take bold steps towards mitigating our impact on the environment and striving to apply environmentally-friendly practices in our operations.

As a result of these measures, CDL achieved a 10% reduction in our total carbon emissions in 2009 as compared to the previous year, with all business operations contributing to the overall reduction in carbon footprint.

EHS Policy

In 2003, the Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Policy was established by CDL’s top management team. This sets the strategic direction for all departments and employees towards creating a ‘Green & Safe’ culture, conserving resources and preventing pollution.


In 2003, CDL became the first private property developer to be accorded ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System in Property Development and Project Management. In 2007, 14 of our commercial buildings attained the Integrated Management System ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 Quality Management System for Property & Facilities Management. In 2008, we were awarded ISO 14001 in Corporate Management and Operations for all functions at our headquarters.

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


CDL places great emphasis on our employees as well as those working on behalf of the Company, such as our builders and suppliers whose jobs may cause significant environmental impact, on having the necessary expertise, training or experience to carry out their work.

CDL provides training and awareness programmes to increase the environmental awareness of employees. All new employees are briefed on CDL’s Corporate EHS Policy and their roles in the EMS. Employees are also strongly encouraged to attend external seminars and workshops to upgrade their skills and enhance their knowledge related to environmental management. As for our builders, CDL has been facilitating the quarterly CDL 5-Star EHS Audit Seminars since 2001 to raise our builders’ EHS standards and practices. Best practices and information 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 environmental excellence. We share with them our commitments, best practices, programmes and environmental performance data as well as solicit their feedback and suggestions for continual improvement through various communication channels. All CDL employees are encouraged to be forthcoming with the reporting of environmental related accidents, complaints, incidents, non-compliances and non-conformances. At CDL work sites, we provide a hotline number where the public can report to us. We are committed to take all necessary actions to prevent the occurrence of potential non-conformances or recurrence of non-conformances.


As part of our ISO 14001 framework, CDL is committed to comply with all applicable legal requirements and carries out compliance evaluation on a quarterly basis, in particular when there are new regulations or changes to the legal requirements. We are also constantly assessing our business operations to ensure full compliance with the regulated limits enforced by the local governing authorities such as the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), National Environment Agency (NEA), Public Utilities Board (PUB), Workplace & Safety Health Council (WSHC) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) as well as other relevant enforcers where appropriate.

In addition to ensuring that regulatory requirements are complied with during the initial planning stage, we are proactive in influencing and engaging our stakeholders, such as the architects, designers, engineers and surveyors to embrace 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 site safety audits under our CDL 5-Star EHS Assessment system.


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 Company’s EMS conforms to the ISO 14001 international standard. The actual frequency of internal audits depends on past audit results as well as the potential risks/importance associated with the activity or operations. Typically, each property development is to be audited at least once in its project cycle and each audit shall cover all three stages, i.e. planning, procurement and construction.

The Company is also subjected 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 the Company’s EMS conformance to the ISO 14001 standard until the next re-certification cycle.


Managing the environmental aspects is a key element in our EMS. CDL identifies significant environmental
aspects for our business operations that can potentially have critical negative environmental impacts. To measure significance, a risk assessment criteria is used, consisting of the likelihood of the occurrence, severity of the impact and control measures.

CDL evaluates the key significant environmental aspects at our work sites, investment buildings and corporate office. From our assessment, energy use, water use, waste generation and carbon emissions are our most significant environmental aspects. We also cover other aspects such as paper use, waste paper recycling, noise, biodiversity and safety management.

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 work instructions. The guiding principle of the mitigating measures is to follow the hierarchy of control, starting with elimination, and then moving to substitution, isolation, use of engineering control, use of administrative control and last of all, use of personal protective equipment.

CDL has set specific environmental objectives and targets at our work sites, investment buildings and corporate office. For more information on the environmental objectives and targets, please click here.

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