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NEINVER leads the way in Europe achieving Zero Waste certification for its portfolio

NEINVER has obtained Zero Waste certification for 94% of its centers in Europe, making it the first company in the shopping center sector to receive this acclaimed accreditation from the multinational TÜV Rheinland for virtually its whole portfolio across Europe. With this certification, NEINVER cements its position as a leader in sustainability and deepens its commitment to the circular economy.

TÜV Rheinland recognizes NEINVER’s efficient management and its capacity to recycle and recover a high percentage of the waste generated by the centers, and in doing so, avoid sending it to landfill.

Through reuse, recycling and energy recovery, NEINVER achieved an average waste recovery rate of 81% in 2022 and expects this to climb to 90% in the coming years. Centers such as Factory Annopol, Amsterdam The Style Outlets and Coruña The Style Outlets have achieved more than 98% recovery, the highest possible level in the certification process. 

These results demonstrate the success of NEINVER’s environmental strategy, which has been in place for more than a decade and was expanded in 2022 to include the Zero Waste Policy. A policy focused on minimizing waste production, improving separation methods and guaranteeing the correct treatment of waste by accredited companies, thus avoiding the landfilling of more than 5,600 tons of waste (more than 8 out of every 10 tons produced at the centers).

“Waste recovery and recycling is one of the greatest environmental challenges currently facing our sector. This certification recognizes the work we carry out every day at our centers to give waste a second lease of life and reflects the company’s commitment to sustainability and to the transition to a more circular economy”, says Alberto Vilches, Sustainability Manager at NEINVER.

“Obtaining this certificate demonstrates NEINVER’s commitment to Society and all its stakeholders in terms of circularity, as well as its firm commitment to systematically reducing the environmental impact of its business activity across its value chain and wherever it operates. Following a rigorous audit and verification process, TÜV Rheinland has confirmed that NEINVER has reliable waste management mechanisms in place, maximizing waste prevention and recovery initiatives to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills at all of its centers. We are proud to award this type of certification for the first time in the shopping center sector”, adds Elena García, Commercial Director of Systems and Product Certification at TÜV Rheinland Spain and Portugal.

The Zero Waste certification comes in addition to the company’s other environmental and energy accreditations: ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and BREEAM certifications, all key accomplishments for the company and its objective to decarbonize, adapt to transition and physical climate risks, increase energy efficiency and ensure the highest standards of environmental management, as well as fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).