Our commitment to energy efficiency improvement in our assets has been structured into three areas which we consider to be strategic: monitoring, management and structural actions, and awareness raising.
We believe that continuous monitoring of consumption, with particular focus on electricity which has a greater impact on our shopping centres, is necessary in order to define any improvement actions to be taken. Over the years we implemented and intensified a monitoring system, where continuos consumption monitoring is ensured, making it possible, therefore, to intervene promptly in the event of anomalies.
In 2018, overall energy consumption (which includes electricity, district heating and cooling and fuel consumption) in IGD’s shopping centers was slightly lower compared to 2017, with a reduction of -0.2%, on a like for like boundary. This decrease was due to a reduction in electricity consumption (-1.1% Lfl) and in district heating (-2.9% Lfl) which were constrated by the increase in fuel consumption (+4.8% Lfl).
The reduction in like-for-like electricity consumption in particular was due to two main factors:
- the positive impact of consumption in the structures equipped with photovoltaic systems. Indeed, the shopping centers that utilized this technology are those that performed better during the year;
- average summer temperatures that were milder than the year before.
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2. Management and structural actions
With regard to management actions, over the last few years we have invested resources to enhance the efficiency of the routine management of its systems on a structural level, also by means of training activities aimed at Shopping Centre Managers.
With regard to structural actions, in 2018 LED technology lighting systems were installed Casilino Shopping Center; altogether, therefore,16 structures are now equipped with this technology. In addition, our commitment to using renewable energy sources continued with the installation of 2 photovoltaic systems in 2 shopping centres, bringing the number of structures currently equipped with this type of system to 7.
Furthermore, since 2017, all the IGD shopping centres’ electricity supply has come exclusively from renewable sources, in line with the targets defined in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
Thanks ot the use of “clean” energy only, over 20,000 tonnes of CO2 were not emitted into the atmosphere.
Between 2017 and 2018 IGD worked on the creation of an Environmental Index, a tool for the collection and data analysis of data regarding the environmental sustainability of the buildings, with the aims of:
- maps the actions taken or to be taken;
- identify the structures with greater margins for improvement;
- programme the necessary actions to be taken;
- provide benchmarks on consumption, costs and scheduled maintenance in the centers.
3. Awarness raising
For years we have been committed to raising awareness on environmental sustainability issues in our shopping centers visitors, informing them about good practices adopted and encouraging them to adopt sustainable behavior in their everyday life.
Awareness has also been raised in our tenants with regard to the sustainable management of their own stores. In 2015 we created the “Rulebook on good envirnonmental practices, which was initially presented directly to all the tenants and now remains at their disposal both in the individual centres themselves and on our website.