Caring for People and the Planet
Sustainability is not just a function – it’s our business approach. We have a long-term commitment to investing in green building design, sustainable operations and innovative ways for waste management. We also try to inspire our tenants and customers to live a more sustainable life.
At the heart of everything that we do is our drive to create a positive impact on the planet, our tenants, our customers, and the people in our communities touched by our businesses.
Green Building Designs
We construct our centres according to the highest global sustainability standards, fitting out buildings with features such as solar PV panels, LED lighting, high-efficiency fans, and electric steam generators that minimise pollution. Our buildings utilise long-lasting materials that prolong the lifespan of assets to avoid wastage.
We also recycle large quantities of materials including waste water at all centres, and even harvest rain to maintain our grounds. Each centre has a waste management system for reducing landfill waste. These investments are not just good for the planet and people, they improve efficiency and reduce operating costs in the long run.
Our centres in Malaysia hold certifications such as Green Building Index (GBI) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), with other centres pending review.
Our Green Certifications:
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Conservation of Resources
Each centre works on incorporating sustainability as a natural part of its day-to-day operations, as efficient operations and effective facility management helps reduce our impact on the environment.
Together with our tenants, our centres have undertaken the following initiatives to conserve water and energy:
- Introducing a monitoring system for overall centre and individual tenant water and energy use. This resulted in us using 20% less water and energy over the last three years!
- We also minimised energy use by upgrading our air conditioning units and regulating ambient temperatures.
- Harvesting rain to maintain our grounds, using water that has been recycled to service restrooms and for landscape irrigation.
- Making a conscious effort to reduce running time of equipment when not utilised.
We are also in the process of implementing Malaysia’s first solar hybrid pump to ensure water and energy efficiencies.
Inspiring Green Habits
All our shopping centres make it a priority to recycle materials through our Recycling & Buy Back programmes. IPC leads the way, recycling 31% of the waste generated by its operations – 9% more than the year before and far above the industry norm.
We inspire and enable our customers to get involved too. We revamped our Recycling & Buy Back Centres, paying people cash for old newspapers, used plastics and more. During an awareness campaign in 2018, we collected 4.3 tons of waste over three months.
We also share this vision with our tenants, so that they too can be more proactive in making our centres more sustainable. We hold weekly debriefs explaining each centre’s recycling rates, encourage regular use of our recyclable waste drop-off stations, and implement food waste recycling initiatives, where tenants donate excess food to be organically processed into fertilizers.
We are committed to continuously improving our recycling rates and encourage everyone to recycle across the region.
Family Friendly & Accessible
We believe that customers are at the heart of everything that we do. With this as a key priority, we take effort to ensure that our facilities cater to the different needs of all our visitors. All our centres are proud to offer:
- Dedicated disabled parking spaces
- Disabled friendly ramps
- Wheelchairs for the elderly or disabled
- Prayer rooms
- Leasable baby strollers
- Free diapers*
*Selected centres only. Terms and conditions apply.
Good Transport Links
We make sure our shopping centres are easily accessible to all, by securing locations with excellent connections to commuter rail, metro and buses.
Our MyTOWN shopping centre in Kuala Lumpur has a direct tunnel from the underground metro system into our mall. Similarly, our IPC centre is within walking distance to a metro station, while Megabangna offers free shuttle bus services from nearby bus and metro stations.
Supporting Our Communities
We are more than a place for shopping. We co-create events, and connect with our communities. We invest in apartments and other types of real estate to create walkable community areas, as well as public spaces and meeting centres where people can live, work, shop and play in one place.
We actively encourage our customers to participate in charitable causes.
In 2017, we dimmed down festive decorations to focus instead on a crowdfunding campaign that supported 100 underprivileged families with gifts of school items and toys.
We created a park surrounding Megabanga which has hosted Songkran celebrations, a free New Year’s concert, and created bonding moments for families over scooter rides, cycling, roller skating and jogging.
Megabangna is also home to Bangkok’s largest indoor playground.
We proudly host community events, using our spaces like the town park, sunken garden, outdoor amphitheater and indoor atriums to organize Zumba sessions, Spartan Races, yoga classes, and even a Dance Battle.
We believe in inspiring our communities and business partners to prioritise sustainability initiatives so that our meeting places can continue to create a positive impact on people and planet. As such, our teams are always looking for new solutions to reduce waste and recycle more.
We are proud to introduce Project Green Heart where we upcycle all tenant hoarding visuals from our meeting places into one-of-a-kind fashionable accessories – tote bags! Working together with our regional contractors who collect the dismantled hoarding visuals at all our Malaysian meeting places, the materials are passed to Women of Will. Women of Will is an NGO that works to empower underprivileged and lower income women, equipping them with the necessary skills to succeed in establishing their own businesses. The women work to sew the hoarding visuals into tote bags. Watch this video to find out more.