Designer Outlet Algarve was awarded the BREEAM international certificate, the world’s leading method of sustainability analysis, applied to the planning of projects, infrastructures and buildings., having been recognized for successfully complying with the highest standards of sustainable management, having obtained the classification of “Very Good” in terms of the performance of the building and “Excellent” in the management of the Building.
“The certification process measures, among other aspects, the global policy of building management, energy costs and the environmental impact of the center’s activities, including CO2 emissions, as well as consumption and waste management”, he explains. Designer Outlet Algarve, adding that “care for the comfort of employees and customers (amount of natural light, optimization of temperature, sound intensity or air quality) and the location of facilities close to public transport were also taken into account”.
The areas in which Designer Outlet Algarve obtained the best ratings (above 50%) for obtaining certification in “Asset Performance” were in “Health and Well-being” (60.1%), “Energy” (66.7 %), Transport” (55.5%), “Water” (75%), “Materials” (92.3%), “Waste” (100%), “Land Use and Ecology” (66.6% ) and “Pollution” (63.6%).
In terms of building management, the ratings were even better: “Management (71.74%), “Health and Well-being” (67.5%), “Energy” (73.3%), “Water” ( 76.9%), “Materials” (90%), “Land Use and Ecology (100%) and Pollution (75%).
This certification is in line with the initiative bettershopping that the operator ROS Retail Outlet Shopping has developed for all its 11 Outlet centers in Europe and consists of raising the awareness of its visitors to become more responsible and aware of the impact that the retail industry has on the environment and how it can contribute to improving this ecological footprint.
For Miguel Paraíso Guerreiro, director of Designer Outlet Algarve, “this certification is very important because it attests to our daily commitment to sustainable performance and the responsible management policy of Designer Outlet Algarve. In addition to being a safe space for shopping, Designer Outlet Algarve is also recognized for respecting the environment, in all dimensions of its activity.”
Designer Outlet Algarve says that since its beginning “it has always had very strong environmental concerns, which have become increasingly important, not only in the operation of the Outlet, but also in the promotion of sustainable practices with customers”.
In terms of energy, electricity comes 100% from renewable sources, with only LED lighting and lighting activation control systems. “We are already carrying out the control and regulation of temperatures in technical and common areas, in order to reduce energy consumption”, highlights Miguel Paraíso Guerreiro.
On the other hand, Designer Outlet Algarve is still working on improving the production and distribution of heated water, with a view to reducing peak consumption of equipment and increasing their useful life. For this purpose, flow reduction systems were applied to faucets and urinals and water consumption is monitored for better assessment and planning of water savings.
For the biggest outlet in the Algarve, recycling must become a fully installed and unquestionable reality. In this sense, awareness-raising actions are frequently carried out with tenants and service providers. It should be noted that in 2021, the Designer Outlet Algarve recycled 79% of the waste produced in its operation.
“We have provided a container for used clothes, shoes and accessories to give them a second life. We work with the company Sarah Trading so that we can guarantee greater transparency and that accompanies us in the process of circular use in these pieces of clothing”, highlights the director general, Miguel Paraíso Guerreiroalso mentioning that the container or “Dropbox”, located next to the square in front of the Adidas store, it is available to all visitors.