As one of the most recognisable brands in Australia, Woolworths Group has set itself an ambitious goal: 100 per cent green energy by 2025 and net positive emissions by at least 2050. But as the country’s sixth largest electricity user, with almost 3300 stores that need to be kept cold, large-scale refrigeration units lining the walls […]
How is the retail sector going after this chaotic Covid time and restrictions start to lift? Will we become a country of low-value consumers that disappoint luxury retailers but hasten our sustainability journey or will we pick up speed again?
Shopping centre owner Scentre Group has announced a net zero emissions target by 2030, matching the commitment made by its competitor, Vicinity Centres, late last year.
One of Melbourne’s most talked-about new retail centres, Brickworks at Burwood, has finally opened. It’s breaking new ground in sustainability and is a great opportunity for the general public to experience what a Living Building Challenge (LBC) development can deliver.
The staggering amounts of waste generated by food courts and other shopping centres tenants is no longer going unnoticed. One shopping centre operator in Sydney thinks it’s now got the answer. How about a machine that weighs your waste?
The fashion industry is notorious for its high environmental footprint and Kering – the company behind luxury brands such as Gucci and Saint Laurent – is a pioneer in its attempts to address this issue.
The world of fashion retailing isn’t known for its green building credentials but Australian brand Country Road is leading the way with the first five-star Green Star Design Review rating for a fashion store.
If you wondered what’s wrong with the shopping centre industry, why it refuses point blank to back mandatory disclosure of its energy efficiency ratings as other property sectors do, chat to Michael Fattouh.
Vicinity Centres first announced millions of dollars in rooftop solar investment Now it’s aiming for net zero carbon by 2030 across its 34 wholly-owned shopping centres.
The commercial building disclosure program – largely credited for lifting Australia’s office building stock to a higher energy efficiency performance – looks unlikely to be expanded to shopping centres any time soon.
The Footprint Company says retail tenants could double their profits if they implemented some serious energy efficiency measures
After years of waiting for “consumer education” to kick in and encourage housing buyers to demand more sustainability features in new housing, there are some interesting green shoots emerging.
SolarVille is a prototype neighbourhood that combines solar energy and blockchain technology to explore how communities of households could create their own renewable energy network and trade their excess energy directly at below market price.
Supermarkets are a ubiquitous fact of urban life, despite the rise of farmers markets, boutique providores and online shopping.
Online shopping was meant to save on carbon emissions. Fewer cars driving to energy-sucking stores that send copious amounts of material to landfill with every display change. But with a growing habit to over order items in various sizes and return excess goods often free of charge, it could be that this new consumer habit […]
As a society we are becoming more switched on to the social and environmental impacts of our consumer choices. Recent studies have highlighted the way this has directly impacted the decisions of corporations both big and small, driving up their focus on sustainability.
Shopping centres may have fallen upon harder times thanks to online retailing but perhaps this speed bump can serve as an opportunity to rethink these giant structures and make them more sustainable and community-focused. Vicinity Centres, for one, has just upped its onsite renewables play (again). And in Sydney AMP Capital’s Marrickville Metro will be […]
Melissa Schulz from Vicinity Centres on some ambitious sustainability goals that are putting Vicinity at the head of the pack.
Riding on the momentum of Australia’s anti-waste movement, IKEA is now letting its Sydney customers return their unwanted furniture and goods to the Tempe store in exchange for a voucher to spend in-store.
Frasers Property Australia’s ambitious plan to create the world’s most sustainable shopping centre has received planning approval from Melbourne’s Whitehorse City Council.
Vicinity Centres has entered the rooftop solar fray, announcing what is believed to be the largest investment in rooftop solar in the retail space.
Ask planning and property industry analyst Brian Haratsis what’s in store for 2018 and then brace yourself.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s first major foray into the retail sector will see a massive $200 million invested into institutional fund manager QIC’s Global Real Estate flagship Shopping Centre Fund (QSCF).
The City of Melbourne is looking for companies to inhabit a 900-square-metre greenhouse suspended nine metres above a temporary market pavilion.
Ahead of our Visit Tomorrowland event in Sydney on 19 September, one of our speakers – Frasers Property Australia’s executive general manager, retail, Peri Macdonald – gives us the low-down on the cutting-edge Living Building Challenge retail centre.
Stockland is providing one more reason to make the transition to an electric vehicle, offering free charging for Tesla vehicles at 31 shopping centres across the country.
Brisbane eco business Biome has become the first Australian retailer to be awarded international B Corporation certification for its success in operating a business with high social and environmental standards. Biome Eco Stores was established in 2003 and now employs 46 people across its online store and Brisbane stores in Paddington, Balmoral, Indooroopilly and the […]
Shopping centres are some of our biggest energy guzzlers, but in recent times have been moving towards a greener future. Here’s seven ways they could continue to push.
A $2 million, 925 kilowatt solar system has been officially switched on at Stockland’s Wetherill Park Shopping Centre in Sydney’s western suburbs. The system comprises 2900 solar panels spanning 5695 square metres, and is estimated to generate an average of 3620 kilowatt-hours a day, which should cover about 23 per cent of the centre’s base […]
Simple lifecycle assessments for fitouts, a focus on energy reduction, product stewardship for materials, and a switch to gross leases could radically increase return on investment for retail shopping centre owners, says lifecycle expert Dr Caroline Noller.