SustainabilityResource Use & Biodiversity
Unibail-Rodamco works to protect and enhance biodiversity and resources at existing sites and new developments. It aims to use environmentally-sustainable materials, reduce water consumption, and ensure that waste from its assets is properly managed.
The Group's in-house materials policy ensures that materials are fit for purpose, that opportunities to reuse existing materials and structures are systematically reviewed, and that materials with a low environmental impact and recycled products and materials are used when possible. Unibail-Rodamco is committed to using wood from certified, managed forests (i.e. with FSC or PEFC labels) and materials that do not exceed the European Union's Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) thresholds.
In line with environmental best practice, Unibail-Rodamco is taking active steps to cut water consumption, reduce waste and maintain water quality. In particular, efforts are made to install water-efficient equipment, optimize operating practices, and ensure that leaks are detected and repaired rapidly. At existing assets, the Group relies on close cooperation with tenants and customers to reduce water consumption. At new developments and during renovations and upgrades, efficiency is a determining factor in the choice of technical equipment (toilets, urinals, taps, sprinkler systems, cooling systems, etc.). Climate change impact assessments are being used to identify regions and assets that are particularly susceptible to water shortages and implement appropriate solutions.
Unibail-Rodamco's waste management approach is designed to maximize recycling and reuse and minimize disposal to landfill. Tenants are regularly informed about on-site waste management systems. Both supplier purchasing contracts and tenant green leases establish the minimum requirements for waste sorting and recycling that must be respected. Suitable waste segregation facilities are in place in all assets. For new development projects, the Group’s Construction Charter sets out the requirements and recommendations for optimizing the environmental quality of its construction sites. It includes all applicable local regulations and sets waste valorization targets.
Unibail-Rodamco is committed to protecting and enhancing ecological features for its assets through continuous assessment and management of its activities and their impact.
For all development projects involved in a BREEAM certification process, an ecologist advises on the potential to create a positive ecological impact by enhancing and/or conserving local fauna and flora.
At existing assets, due to the very urban location of most assets, Unibail- Rodamco’s main focus is on creating ‘green’ spaces, such as green roofs and green walls, and carefully selecting the plant species used.