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.
In 2017, IGD’s energy consumption (which includes electricity, district heating and cooling and fuel consumption), on a like for like boundary, increased +7.4% compared to 2016. This data, however, was strongly affected by the climatic situation during the year, with a very cold January and a summer recording above average temperatures. Despite this increase in consumption, our commitment to purchasing electricity at favourable prices meant that the increase in consortium expenses connected to consumption was limited for our shopping centre tenants, who, in fact, have made a significant saving over the last five years.
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2. Management and structural actions
With regard to management actions, over the last few years we have invested resources in order to increase attention placed on the everyday management of systems, also by means of training activities aimed at Shopping Centre Managers.
With regard to structural actions, in 2017 led lighting systems were installed in 2 shopping centres, Esp and Città delle Stelle; altogether, therefore,15 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 5.
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.
3. Awarness raising
We have installed digital totems providing information on environmental best practices in all our shopping centres, the intention being to raise awareness in the centres’ visitors regarding behaviour aimed at environmental sustainability.
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.