Sustainability Report 2011
City Developments Limited

For over a decade, CDL has been advocating environmental sustainability in Singapore’s built environment. We make it our business to take concerted efforts towards preventing pollution on the environment and striving to apply environmentally-friendly practices in our operations.


The EHS Policy was established in 2003. This sets the strategic direction for all departments and employees towards creating a “Green & Safe” corporate culture, conserving resources and preventing pollution.


In 2003, CDL set a new industry benchmark as the first private property developer to receive the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System in Property Development and Project Management. In 2008, we were awarded ISO 14001 in Corporate Management and Operations for all functions at our headquarters. Constantly striving to improve our EHS management performance, 15 CDL buildings underwent an exercise to attain the OHSAS 18001 in Property Management certification and were successfully accorded in January 2011. These 15 buildings also received the re-certification of the ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 Quality Management System which were first awarded in 2007.

The Management System, which is based on a Plan-Do-Check-Act methodology, is integrated into our business operations. It provides a systematic process to manage CDL’s operational impact on the environment and continual improvements in environmental performance.


EHS training and awareness programmes are planned for all CDL employees. Employees are also encouraged to attend external conferences and workshops to strengthen their skills or knowledge related to EHS management. As for our builders, CDL has been facilitating the quarterly CDL 5-Star EHS Review Seminar since 2001 to increase our builders’ EHS standards and practices. Best practices and information are shared during the review sessions to encourage peer learning.

CDL provides various modes of communication to engage our stakeholders and share our commitments, best practices and environmental performance and to solicit their feedback and suggestions for continual improvement. All CDL employees are encouraged to be forthcoming with reporting of EHS 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 and we are committed to take all necessary actions to prevent the occurrence of potential non-conformances or recurrence of nonconformances.


CDL is committed to full compliance on all applicable EHS legal requirements enforced by the local governing authorities such as BCA, NEA, PUB, WSHC, Singapore Civil Defence Force and other relevant enforcers where appropriate. We actively ensure that all our activities and operations comply with existing legal and regulatory requirements through constant monitoring, evaluation and auditing of our implemented EHS management systems. In 2010, we had no non-compliance with legal requirements.

In addition, we are proactive in influencing and engaging our stakeholders, such as the architects, builders, designers, engineers and surveyors to embrace safe and environmentally-friendly designs and plans at the initial planning stage. CDL continues to follow through the compliance status during the construction and operational phase. This is done through regular quarterly audits and our CDL 5-Star EHS Assessment system.


The Company is subjected to annual external EHS audits, conducted by an accredited third party auditor during renewal and surveillance visits.

CDL has put in place internal audits to ensure the Company’s EHS management systems conform to the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 international standards. 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 project 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.


As part of the ISO 14001 framework, CDL identifies significant environmental aspects for our business operations that can potentially have critical negative environmental impacts. The risk level of environmental aspect is determined using a risk assessment technique consisting of the likelihood of the occurrence, severity of the impact and control measures.

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

CDL regularly 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. Management review is conducted annually to review the environmental performance for continual improvement. For more information on the environmental objectives and targets, please see page 3.


Significant environmental aspects are identified and measured by respective business divisions and include key data of Projects Division, Property & Facilities Management Division and Corporate Management and Operations. This data(1) highlights the environmental and safety performance of our developments in Singapore.

Projects Division’s key activities are in Property Development and Project Management. Property & Facilities Management Division’s business operation is property management of CDL’s investment buildings.

  • (1)The energy data for the buildings includes (but is not limited to) the Mechanical and Electrical services provided in the building, e.g., lifts, air-conditioning and ventilation fans (where applicable), pumps and lighting in all common areas of the entire building. Tenants are charged individually for the use of electricity within their office. The data from Projects Division has been provided by our main builders.