Involvement of prop firms in sustainable development

SUSTAINABLE development is the idea that human societies must live and meet their needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

CHRISTINE CHIBAGE

The application of sustainable development goals in property development is a real challenge for many active companies. This sector, due to the nature of operations, has the capacity to contribute massively to the attainment of all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build or manage our urban spaces.

The property development sector consumes over 40% of the global energy annually, 30% of the raw materials and 12% of drinking water, generating 25% -40% of the solid waste and 20% of the total gas emissions.

Given the need for clear actions to achieve the SDGs, we ask ourselves the following question: what is the real contribution of the property development sector to sustainable development?

At West Property Zimbabwe, our primary motivation in all our projects is derived from the rapid urban population growth resulting from, among other things, increased rural to urban migration. This has also resulted in alarming demand for houses and properties in the city.

Our primary focus now is to create a sustainable environment for our communities by creating career and business opportunities, safe and affordable housing with modern designs, and building resilient societies and economies. This also involves creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in participatory and inclusive ways.

Water scarcity affects more than 40% of people, an alarming figure that is projected to rise as temperatures do. More and more people are experiencing water stress, and increasing drought and desertification is already worsening these trends.

According to SDG 6, safe and affordable drinking water should be achieved by 2030, to this effect West Property Zimbabwe is investing in adequate skills and infrastructure to provide sustainable means and sanitation facilities, and also encourage hygiene throughout its many projects.

West Prop encourages and has incorporated into its developments the use of solar energy, reticulated gas and water treatment all with the aim of reducing its carbon foot print and develop eco-friendly homes designed and built using the best practice to ensure ground water recharge is increased.

It is also focussed on innovative construction technologies with a view to consciously develop its projects in an environmentally sustainable manner for the Zimbabwe tomorrow.

Projects underway at West Prop interact with the environment to avoid depletion of natural resources and these projects allow for long-term environmental sustainability.

Clients’ needs are met without compromising the ability of the future generations to enjoy the legacy of development. West property is currently working with technical partners to find innovative solutions in using gray water and rain water which is often discarded and not utilised properly.

l This article is sponsored by West Property Zimbabwe.

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