Mall of the Emirates Achieves Green Milestone

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Majid Al Futtaim, a renowned developer of shopping malls and a pioneer in retail and leisure, recently announced a remarkable achievement for its flagship retail destination, Mall of the Emirates.

The mall has been awarded the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest recognition in sustainable building design worldwide, for its excellence in environmentally-friendly construction practices.

This accomplishment follows the Mall of Oman's distinction as the world's largest mall to achieve LEED Platinum for Building Design and Construction under New Building Core and Shell (LEED BD+C: Core and Shell) in 2021.

The latest milestone underscores Majid Al Futtaim's ongoing commitment to becoming a global leader in sustainability, aligning with its broader objective of achieving Net Positive status in carbon and water usage by 2040.

The LEED Platinum certification for 2022 was awarded to Mall of the Emirates under the LEED Operation and Maintenance category, thanks to the sustainability partnership between Majid Al Futtaim and Enova, a joint venture with Veolia, the regional leader in integrated energy and multi-technical services. This accolade solidifies the mall's position as the world's largest operational mall to receive this esteemed international certification.

To attain this recognition, Mall of the Emirates underwent a comprehensive evaluation of its environmental performance across five categories: energy, water, waste, transportation, and human experience.

Since 2018, the mall has implemented energy and water conservation initiatives, resulting in an average annual savings of 15 million kilowatt hours of energy and 40,000 cubic meters of water.

These savings are equivalent to powering approximately 1,300 homes for a year and filling an Olympic-sized swimming pool more than 16 times. Additionally, the mall generates clean electricity through the installation of 7,291 solar photovoltaic panels on its rooftop car park, covering an area of 11,996 square meters.

This solar PV plant effectively reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 5,360 tonnes each year. Notably, the mall achieved exceptional scores of 99/100 in the Transportation category and 96/100 in the Human Experience category, further enhancing its LEED certification.

Khalifa Bin Braik, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim – Asset Management, expressed his delight, stating, "Our north star is always to create value for both people and the planet, which has become deeply integrated into our transformation journey. With Mall of the Emirates achieving LEED Platinum for Operation and Maintenance and becoming the largest mall worldwide to accomplish this feat, we are more determined than ever in our pursuit of sustainable business commitments, including becoming Net Positive in carbon and water by 2040."

He further emphasised Majid Al Futtaim's dedication to sustainability, noting the remarkable progress the company has made, resulting in 19 LEED-certified malls. Braik affirmed the company's unwavering commitment to progress and the significance of every step taken towards a sustainable future for all.

Renaud Capris, CEO of Enova, applauded Majid Al Futtaim's achievement, remarking, "Achieving the highest sustainability standard in retail for Majid Al Futtaim's Mall of the Emirates, thereby becoming the world's largest operating LEED Platinum mall is a testament to the ambitious sustainability goals set by the organisation."

Capris highlighted the importance of benchmarking resource consumption and the substantial energy and water savings achieved, which contribute to Majid Al Futtaim's status as a regional leader in the hospitality sector. He expressed Enova's pride in supporting these objectives through their energy performance solutions and commended Majid Al Futtaim for their commitment to environmental stewardship.

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