SustainabilityManagement Systems

Unibail-Rodamco carefully manages and monitors the performance of its existing assets and new developments. The Group's environmental strategy is based on two separate but complementary Environmental Management Systems (EMS) which reduce the impact of its assets at every stage in their lifecycle, from initial design through to daily operation: the Sustainable Management Attitude (SMA), for existing assets, and the Sustainable Design Attitude (SDA), for new developments, renovations and extension projects.

The Sustainable Management Attitude (SMA)

The Sustainable Management Attitude (SMA) is in place across the whole of the managed portfolio in Europe. This pragmatic EMS ensures that the Group is able to meet its annual and long term targets and support Unibail-Rodamco’s policy of continuous improvement for each area covered by the Group’s policy, including climate change, resource use and stakeholders. The Sustainable Management Attitude covers four stages: target setting, action plan implementation, performance measurement, and sustainability review

  • targets are set each year for each managed asset,
  • an environmental action plan covering key topics such as energy, CO2, water, waste, transport and stakeholders is implemented and challenged,
  • performance is tracked and analyzed on a quarterly basis at site level, regional level and Group level,
  • a sustainability review is performed at least once a year for each managed asset to check performance, status and progress and to prepare the new environmental action plan for the year to come.

The SMA EMS ensures that the Group’s retail assets achieve the highest possible ratings under the BREEAM-in-Use scheme which has been chosen in 2011 for the main assets in order to promote the environmental performance of the Group’s running building policy towards visitors, tenants and local communities. The SMA is fully integrated into the daily operations of teams such as Operating; Leasing; Marketing; PMPS (Property Maintenance, Purchasing and Sustainability); and shopping centre management.

The Sustainable Design Attitude (SDA)

The Sustainable Design Attitude (SDA) is now applied for each development project. The SDA ensures that all development projects whatever their size or type are designed in the most efficient way for long-term success, in order to minimize environmental impacts and ensure that each new development project over 10.000 m² obtains at least a BREEAM rating ‘ Very Good’. For each pipeline project, the Sustainable Design Attitude covers all four issues in the development process, sourcing, design and planning, construction and letting:

  • Sourcing: sustainability and climate change risks are analyzed and evaluated during the due diligence process,
  • Project reviews: at the design stage, each project is assessed using the Group’s in-house ‘Design Guidelines’ to ensure that the building will be as sustainable and flexible as possible and in preparation for its BREEAM assessment,
  • Construction: the contractor agrees to abide by the Unibail-Rodamco Considerate Construction Charter, which is designed to reduce the social and environmental effects of the construction process,
  • Letting: a commissioning process is applied to ensure that operational needs are met, building systems perform efficiently and that maintenance suppliers and shopping centre management staff are properly trained.

The Design Guidelines are regularly updated and cover topics like the use of natural lighting, energy efficient heating and cooling, natural ventilation, ecology and biodiversity.

These complementary EMS help the Group to:

  • Deliver the most sustainable and flexible projects with the highest BREEAM scores (for new development and existing assets)
  • Ensure that managed assets are operated efficiently from a sustainable development and economical point of view
  • Develop awareness and create a positive trend among Unibail-Rodamco’s staff involved in the design, development, management and redevelopment of the Group’s assets

Third-party certification

Unibail-Rodamco relies on external certification to validate the performance of new and existing assets. For example, external assessments of the Unibail-Rodamco ‘Sustainable Attitude’ environmental management system have been performed in each region. BREEAM certification is sought for all new developments of more than 10,000 m2, BREEAM-in-Use is applied for all existing assets and ISO14001 has been obtained for all Spanish managed shopping centres.

  • Third-party certification

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  • Report on Sustainable Management Attitude

    External assessment of the Sustainable Management Attitude delivered for Sweden by Sweco

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    External assessment of the Sustainable Management Attitude delivered for Austria by Bureau Veritas

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    External assessment of the Sustainable Management Attitude delivered for Czech Republic by Bureau Veritas

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    External assessment of the Sustainable Management Attitude delivered for Spain by Bureau Veritas

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    External assessment of the Sustainable Management Attitude delivered for Poland by Bureau Veritas

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    External assessment of the Sustainable Management Attitude delivered for Netherlands by Bureau Veritas

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    External assessment of the Sustainable Management Attitude delivered for France by Bureau Veritas

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