Majid Al Futtaim, the region’s leading mall developer and retail and leisure pioneer, said its key retail destination, Mall of the Emirates, has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification – the highest level of certification for LEED green buildings in the region rating system.
LEED certification is a globally recognized mark of sustainable achievement in the built environment and is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.
Mall of Oman previously became the largest shopping mall in the world and achieved LEED Platinum certification for Building Design and Construction under New Construction Core and Shell (LEED BD+C: Core and Shell) in 2021.
The latest milestone reflects Majid Al Futtaim’s ongoing efforts to become a global sustainability leader and is in line with its broader sustainability commitment to be net positive in carbon and water by 2040.
Majid Al Futtaim said the 2022 certification was awarded under LEED Operations and Maintenance Certification through a sustainable partnership with Enova, a joint venture between Majid Al Futtaim and Veolia, a regional leader in integrated energy and multi-technology services enterprises, making it the largest operating mall in the world to receive this international certification.
It added that as part of the certification process, Mall of the Emirates was assessed for its environmental performance in five areas: energy, water, waste, transport and human experience.
Through energy and water conservation initiatives, the Mall of the Emirates has saved an average of 15 million kWh of energy and 40,000 cubic meters of water per year since 2018 – enough to power nearly 1,300 homes for a year and fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 16+ times.
The mall also generates clean electricity by installing 7,291 solar photovoltaic panels on its 11,996 square meter rooftop car park.
Solar photovoltaic power plants reduce 5,360 CO2 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Additionally, in terms of LEED certification, the mall has made significant progress in the transportation category, earning near-perfect scores of 99/100 and 96/100 in the human experience category.
Khalifa Bin Braik, Chief Executive Officer Majid Al Futtaim – Asset Management, said: “Our North Star remains committed to creating value for people and the planet, which has become more deeply embedded in our transformation journey. With Mall of the Emirates achieving LEED Platinum certification for Operating and maintaining and becoming the world’s largest shopping center to achieve this feat, we are even more determined to deliver on our sustainable business commitments, which include achieving net positive carbon and water emissions by 2040.”
“This latest achievement is a testament to years of hard work and dedication, and the result of our increased focus on sustainability, with Majid Al Futtaim now boasting 19 LEED-certified malls. We remain steadfast in our pursuit of progress, Because we understand that every step counts in creating a sustainable future for all,” he said.
Renaud Capris, CEO of Enova, said: “Majid Al Futtaim’s Mall of the Emirates achieved the highest retail sustainability standards, thereby becoming the world’s largest operational LEED Platinum mall, a testament to the organization’s set ambitious sustainability goals.”
“Benchmarking resource consumption and achieving significant energy and water savings helps the company become a regional leader in the hospitality industry, and Enova is proud to support this goal with our energy performance solutions. We partnered with Majid Al Futtaim are proud of their sustainable partnerships and their commitment to environmental stewardship,” he added.trade arab news agency