Mall Benchmarking by Farnek garners interest from 30 malls
Date: 11-11-2018
Farnek has once again highlighted the importance of its latest environmental benchmark survey for shopping malls across the GCC countries. The Mall Benchmarking Survey is set to identify potential opportunities for saving energy, water and waste, compared with similar retail centres in the region. The announcement was made at the Recon conference, organised by the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres (MECSC). 
“Registering for our latest survey has been extended not only to include the UAE but also the wider GCC. All types of retail centres and malls will be included, comparing 2017 utility data with the previous year. So far, we have registered interest from close to 30 malls and our target is to enrol in excess of 50, by the end of January 2019. The trends report should then be ready for publication by the end of March,” said Sandrine Le Biavant, Director of Consultancy at Farnek.
Farnek will also provide support in the form of its Retail Optimizer framework developed specifically for the retail sector by Farnek, the firm says. The framework helps with the analysis on energy, water and waste performance, providing malls with KPIs that lead to a more sustainable decision-making process, performance evaluation and associated potential cost savings.
Farnek’s benchmarking survey has also earned the endorsement by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy. Faisal Al Rashid, Director, Demand Side Management at the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, said, “We consider that sharing such data through benchmarking can drive the market to distinguish and reward energy efficiency, while continually enhancing the demand for high-performing and efficient buildings.”
Seven shopping malls in Dubai took part in the first project by submitting data about their consumption figures and general characteristics of their buildings. Other variables had to be taken into consideration, for example, amount of outdoor space, air conditioning by type and distribution, and the percentage of leasable and common area, which varied between 15 per cent and 56 per cent.
The key findings revealed that on average, the shopping malls surveyed use 511 kWh per m2 per annum, consume 10.86 litres of water and generate 520 grammes of waste per visitor. A low performing mall uses almost twice as much energy as a better performing mall and a poor waste performing shopping centre generates over four times as much waste as the best performing mall. There were also significant variances in water consumption.
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