Sustainability

Brands have long understood the importance of presenting their sustainability credentials to consumers. Along with other policies, such as those relating to bullying in the workplace and mental health, sustainability plays an important part in a brand’s identity, and rightly so.

Ingka Centres, part of the Ingka Group (which includes IKEA Retail and Ingka Investments), has unveiled its new global food and beverage concept, Saluhall. Named after the Scandinavian-style ‘Market Hall’, Saluhall will reinvent the traditional shopping center food offer with a Scandinavian twist, bringing predominantly plant-based cuisine to a global audience whilst being kind to the planet. It will be Ingka Centres’ first food offer to be entirely beef-free, appealing to a global audience and reducing climate footprint.

Finnish retail real estate tech company HyperIn’s latest mall retailer data shows that sustainability-related tenant offers have risen significantly in 2022, with the word green appearing in up to four times as many offers over the last year. The trend is an indicator for retailers on ad targeting, pointing towards an increasing share of ads for green products and experiences.

Multi Corporation has refurbished and extended Forum Palermo. The project included an extension of the food court, a reclassification of store space, new anchor stores and an investment in energy savings. These proactive asset management initiatives have resulted in higher rental income and sales, whilst reducing energy consumption, and driving operational efficiency.

Mitiska REIM has announced that the First Retail International 2 fund (FRI 2) has been awarded a total of 3 green stars for the standing investment and development categories in the 2022 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).

After last year’s huge success, the second trade fair for D2C brands will take place from November 14th until December 10th, 2022, at Berlin’s ALEXA shopping and leisure center. 12 Direct Brands will present their products offline at ALEXA. A shopping experience for all the senses that even the best online store cannot offer will be created in the innovatively designed showroom with the help of art installations and a lounge area, food tastings and cosmetics workshops. A win-win-win for the brands, the customers and for ALEXA.

Better Spaces, Better Communities, and Better Together – those are the pillars upon which Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s sustainability strategy is based. URW is committed to playing a key role in the environmental and energy transition. As such, the company has been implementing its “Better Places 2030” sustainability strategy since 2016.

MYLLY Shopping center was awarded SHORE certification GOLD-level Outstanding becoming the best in Finland, and continues building trust with its tenants and visitors.

The Inegol Shopping Mall, an investment of Fiba Commercial Properties (Fiba CP), took home the European Property Awards grand prize in the categories of “Retail Development” and “Retail Architecture” within the scope of its renovation projects while its Transformation Story Project carried out during this period was awarded the gold medal by the Association of Marketing Communications Professionals in the category of “Corporate Social Responsibility”.

Sonae Sierra accelerates the future-proofing of its real estate portfolio. Christine Hager, Sonae Sierra Director, responsible for property management in Germany, describes what being future proof means in today’s business world. There is one thing or particular note: Knowing how energy is being consumed is key to understanding and identifying where the most effective changes should be made.

From 26 February to 2 March 2023, the “who’s who” of the global retail industry will meet at EuroShop in Düsseldorf. umdasch The Store Makers will present a wide range of possibilities for a unique customer journey in Hall 12 under the motto “Sustainable Together”.

Climate-neutral real estate and long-term value retention: How can high-footfall properties such as shopping centers be operated in a climate-neutral manner in the future? What steps need to be taken in order to achieve that goal, and how much will it cost? ECE has developed a customized Energetic Renovation Roadmap for that particular asset class to help answer such questions.

Kaufland and Ultragreens, formerly Microgreens Romania, are opening the first vertical greenhouse in Romania, with products for sale exclusively in the retailer’s stores. Green Hub Kaufland by Ultragreens is an extensive environmental and smart agriculture project, inspired by new trends in healthy eating and in line with the UN Sustainable Development Agenda.

VIA Outlets has achieved a 5-star rating in the 2022 GRESB (Global ESG Benchmark for Real Assets)—for the third consecutive year. This year’s five-star score is the highest possible score and recognizes VIA Outlets as a true leader in sustainability, placing it amongst the top-rated operators in the global real estate industry.

For the third consecutive year, NEINVER has achieved the highest 5-star rating in the 2022 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark, the leading global benchmark in assessing the ESG performance of real estate assets. This rating once again places the Spanish multinational commpany in the top 20% of the benchmark globally.

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