Penny, a central and eastern European (CEE) retailer in Romania, has committed to making 300 stores greener by 2029 through its adoption of BREEAM, a global sustainability assessment method for buildings.
BREEAM was developed by Building Research Establishment (BRE) for master-planning projects, infrastructure and buildings, to allow asset owners to recognise and reflect the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction to in-use and refurbishment.
From here on, Penny reports that new stores in its network will be recertified in BREEAM every three years. Over the longer-term, the plan is to recertify some of the existing stores and major refurbishments on a three-yearly basis.
“Our commitment to certify BREEAM across our chain of stores represents one of the most extensive sustainability initiatives, not only at a national level, but also at a European level,” said Daniel Gross, CEO, Penny Romania.
“Penny is taking on a much-needed pioneering role to respond to climate change, to which we all need to take firm and far-reaching action.”
“Ultimately, we need large-scale action in the commercial buildings sector, and major businesses will help deliver this much-needed change”
Penny claims it has already demonstrated its ability to improve the sustainability of its buildings. Earlier this year, its Otopeni store was awarded the most sustainable building in CEE at the BREEAM awards, with its sustainability achievements including:
- in 2020, the store consumed 18 per cent less energy than a standard Penny store
- on the roof, there are 120 photovoltaic panels, 55 solar tubes that bring natural and diffused light to the store, and around 1,000 square metres of grassy roof
- last year, the store produced 55,315 kWh through photovoltaic panels, which represented 21 per cent of the total electricity consumed by it. Translated into environmental indicators, it avoids 74,549kg of CO2 emissions
- its CO2 system (R744) was tested in the Otopeni store and uses a natural coolant, which is safer and has the lowest potential for global warming.