Sustainability and corporate social responsibility

A strong sustainability policy will increasingly evolve from a nice-to-have to an absolute must-have. That is why Intervest wants to play a pioneering role with sustainability as an essential part of its DNA. For Intervest, sustainability also means the long-term well-being of its own team, its tenants and their employees. The ultimate goal is to create value for all its stakeholders in a sustainable and future-proof manner laid down in a sustainability strategy and sustainability objectives.

 

Gunther Gielen

 

"Improving ESG performance is an integral part of our value creation strategy, embedded in Intervest’s DNA. We aim to create healthy and inspiring environments and to make our places inclusive anchors with a focus on health and well-being of tenants and employees.."

- Gunther Gielen, ceo Intervest Offices & Warehouses

 

Sustainability is one of the four pillars of Intervest’s overall strategy #connect2022: value creation, sustainability, customer focus and #TeamIntervest.

Intervest wants to make a clear and significant contribution to the sustainability of the environment in which it operates. As part of its sustainability policy, Intervest has decided to translate its general commitment into clear, measurable objectives in the areas in which it can make an important contribution from its position in society.

 

BREEAM

25% of the real estate portfolio BREEAM “Very Good”

Intervest considers a building with a score of “Very Good” or better to be a sustainable building and by 2022 it aims to have at least 30% of its real estate portfolio BREEAM certified with a score of “Very Good” or higher. As at year-end 2021, 25% is certified as at least BREEAM "Very Good".

Electricity from sustainable sources

100% of electricity from sustainable sources

Intervest has had an electricity contract with Engie for a number of years now which provides for electricity from sustainable sources. Intervest is committed to continuing to purchase electricity generated exclusively from sustainable sources in the future.

Photovoltaic installations

62% of the logistics real estate equipped with photovoltaic installations

By 2022, Intervest wants to have 80% of the logistics real estate equipped with photovoltaic installations. As at year-end 2021, 62% are equipped, representing a 30 MWp installation or the energy needs of 7.730 families, the equivalent of the CO₂ uptake of 974 hectares of forest and the avoidance of approximately 9.740 tonnes of CO₂ emissions.

Smart meters

56% of the real estate portfolio equipped with smart meters

To measure is to know. More sustainable energy consumption starts with a clear view of current consumption. For this reason, Intervest initially wants to extend the perimeter of its analysis and reporting of energy consumption by installing smart meters in 80% of the real estate portfolio by 2022. It is the intention to gain insight into energy consumption in all of its properties and not only in those properties for which Intervest is responsible for the energy purchase. As at year-end 2021, an energy monitoring system is installed in 56% of the real estate portfolio.