Bayfair is the largest shopping in the Bay of Plenty. In 2003 it introduced a plan to drastically reduce waste, water and energy consumption. As part of this process, Bayfair has introduced a number of New Zealand shopping ‘firsts’.
In 2006 the shopping centre introduced a waste minimisation strategy. Tenant recycling programmes were put in place with 90 retail businesses. All public waste bins were removed from the food court and replaced with two central waste stations where trained staff now sort all the waste. The goal is to divert 100% waste from landfill by December 2020.
In 2014, a combined rain and greywater recycling facility was installed, which has has reduced the centre’s water use by 70%.
Bayfair became the first NZ shopping centre to fully retrofit to LED lighting. In 2016, rapid and fast electric vehicle and mobility scooter charging stations were installed. Energy saving will exceed $1.4 million over the next 10 years at current rates.
Bayfair are finalists in the Revolutionising Energy category of the 2017 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards