Docks Bruxsel announced that it has received the “CO2 neutral – gold company” certificate from CO2logic/South Pole and is the first large shopping center in Europe to receive this certification.
“Docks benefits from exceptional design and build with regard to low carbon emissions, this was part of our rationale for investing in Docks. Our team has worked tirelessly to further reduce carbon emissions, to provide inclusive access, and on our ESG strategy. We are very pleased and proud to be the first large-scale shopping center to have achieved CO2-neutral status and gold certification. We will continue to work to further reduce our carbon emissions; an environmental and socially inclusive strategy is essential to us, our investors, tenants, and customers and is part of the DNA of Docks”, Peter Todd has said, Founder of Portus Retail and Asset Manager/Owner of Docks Bruxsel.
The shopping center has a natural ventilation system that replaces air conditioning and a 580 cubic meter rainwater recovery basin which, after filtration and treatment, can be used for many applications (sanitary facilities, cleaning processes, cooling systems, etc.).
Docks Bruxsel is also equipped with a rainwater filtering method for watering the green walls. The shopping center has 4,500 sq m of solar panels and the heat from the nearby incinerator is used as an energy source. On the roof, two beehives house around 80,000 bees. This explains why the shopping center also has a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating in the construction sector.
This same ecological infrastructure has enabled Docks Bruxsel to fill its Christmas ice rink with rainwater and power it with 100% green energy generated from solar panels. These panels produce no less than 520 Mwh per year, equivalent to the average consumption of 115 Brussels households.