Social and Environmental Awareness
Caring for future generations
Since its inception, BRMALLS has been introducing the best operational and financial practices into its malls. Over the years, BRMALLS implemented several projects that helped the environment and allowed the company to grow in a more sustainable manner. Whether through educating its customers or by adopting internal measures, BRMALLS is having an increasingly beneficial impact on its surrounding environment. Below are some of the practices that we have adopted at our malls:
We are fully aware of the impact of urban waste on our planet and the crucial importance of recycling, which is mandatory at our malls. We manage to separate the waste produced in our malls according to its type into clearly labeled individual containers located in corridors and food courts. We also ensure appropriate treatment for special types of waste, such as batteries, fluorescent lamps and oil.
We focused our efforts on identifying new means of saving energy. Among these projects was the retrofit of the Water Cooling Center, which involved replacing old air conditioning machines with more efficient models that consume less energy and, as a result, help to preserve the environment. In addition, we purchased energy on the open market from small hydroelectric plants (SHPs) and small thermoelectric plants (STPs), both of which are beneficial to the environment and economically sustainable.
After the year 2014, in face of a crisis in the energy supply and distribution, besides discussions about an eventual rationing, BRMALLS focused in innovative and sustainable actions. Pursuing prevention and protection from the current scenario, these actions avoid the energy waste and guarantee the supply and optimal operation of its shopping malls.
Energy Savings Initiatives
By substituting its conventional lamps by LED lights, BRMALLS hopes to improve the efficiency of the lighting in our malls. LED lights offer a low consumption (80% less than conventional lamps), high durability and lower heating solution to save energy and lower the occupancy costs of our tenants. The project was first implemented in Shopping Tijuca and Casa & Gourmet in 2014, and by the end of 2016, more than 70% of the company's portfolio already had led lights. The complete replacement is expected by the end of 2017, reaching a total saving of about 50%.
Energy efficiency projects
The technological leap of the last year have helped the industries development in terms of quality and productivity of its products and, consequently, in energy saving. BRMALLS constantly tries to catch up this development by adopting better operational practices in its shopping malls, leading to an increasingly sustainable growth. Therefore, the company has been developing studies related to automation systems, the adoption of high efficient engines and the substitution of equipments for more developed models.
Energy centralized monitoring
After implementing a monitoring system capable of centralizing energy demand and consumption data of the whole portfolio in one only environment, the company pursues a higher control and mapping of the energy usage, allowing a Corporate follow-up of the variations of electrical quantities, greater promptness and sense of urgency in contingencies scenarios.
The reuse and awareness of the water usage
At BRMALLS we are aware of the importance of water and therefore, adopt several measures to decrease our consumption. Be it through stickers in all our bathrooms, booklets for our tenants and outsourced employees and specific training programs. We also reuse and recycle our water in several of our malls. In malls such as Maringá, NorteShopping, Granja Vianna, Tamboré, among others, we harvest Rainwater and send it to our own treatment stations.