As part of the new CSR strategy “Better Places 2030” of Unibail-Rodamco, the leading listed real estate company in Europe, the group signed an agreement with Mango to commit to reduce carbon footprint of shopping centres, for both common parts and Mango stores. One of the key levers to this end is the implementation of LEDs.
“Better Places 2030” addresses the main challenges facing commercial real estate for the next 15 years, including moving toward a low-carbon economy by reducing by -50% Unibail-Rodamco’s carbon emissions by 2030, in keeping with the commitments of COP21.
“Less carbon emissions, better buildings” is the first pillar of the strategy. The aim is to reach the following goals:
- Reducing by -35% the carbon footprint from the construction of new development projects
- Reducing by -70% the carbon footprint from the operation of existing assets
- 100% green electricity
Now, it was established that lighting was among the largest consumption items in Unibail-Rodamco’s shopping centres. Decision was made to replace 100% of the lighting system in the buildings of the group with LEDs in common areas, and most importantly, in tenants’ stores.
In that perspective, the Spanish clothing and design brand Mango has confirmed that all new Mango stores to be inaugurated within Unibail-Rodamco’s shopping centres in Europe wll be fully equipped in LED lighting. This initiative is part of the Take Action project launched last year by Mango, which includes actions aimed at creating a business model based on sustainability criteria and more environmentally-friendly processes.
This agreement is just the beginning: lighting accounts for 50% of the shopping centres’ energy consumption. Unibail-Rodamco is confident that this collaboration will lead to many others. Goal is set to implementation partnerships with all retailers to accelerate accelerate the transition towards 100% LED lighting by the end of 2017, and, more broadly, accelerate the group’s energy efficiency policy.