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Assuming responsibility


Conducting operations in a sustainable manner is one of our top priorities and is therefore an integral part of our corporate strategy. Our business activities are systematically geared towards long-term value creation and are based on a holistic sustainability strategy. In a dialogue with our relevant stakeholders, we identified four key areas of action: energy, resources, sustainable mobility, and well-being. We are also aware of the fact that clearly defined organizational structures are key to systematic sustainability management, which is why we were the first company in the real estate industry to establish an external sustainability advisory board made up of high-profile figures from the worlds of business, politics, and academia. In order to introduce these external ideas to the company and continue to refine internal management approaches within the organization, we have created a sustainability team that consists of representatives from all areas of our company.

Sustainability Strategy

Sustainability Strategy

In the exchange with our stakeholders, four essential fields of action crystallized: energy, resources, sustainable mobility and well-being. We have defined clear goals for all areas of action, which we monitor regularly and report transparently on the achievement of these goals. The driving force behind this is our sustainability team, which was established in 2007 and consists of representatives from all business areas.

Sustainability Advisory Board

Only those who allow impulses from outside will develop further. All new projects are presented in our sustainability advisory board and critically assessed with regard to sustainability and environmental impact. The insights and suggestions gained from the lively exchange between the members of the advisory board and their specialist colleagues flow into the subsequent decision-making process. Thanks to the excellent composition of the committee, which includes Dr. Andreas Mattner (Managing Director of ECE Development), Ole von Beust (former First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg), Arved Fuchs (polar researcher), Dr. Michael Vesper (former Minister), Prof. Dr. Kunibert Lennerts (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) and Bärbel Schomberg (real estate expert), much has already been achieved in the area of sustainability.

Intelligenter Energieeinsatz, PEP LED-Licht

Intelligent use of energy

In order to use the energy we consume even more efficiently, we continuously test new lighting and ventilation concepts in our centers. In many centers, the ventilation systems are already controlled automatically depending on the number of visitors in the building. Particularly innovative shopping center concepts receive our Facility Management Award for their work in the field of sustainability. Lighting and ventilation are the biggest levers for both a pleasant quality of life and energy requirements. In order to reduce the CO2 emissions that are inevitably generated and to set an example for climate protection, we purchase 100% green electricity for our centers.

Verantwortungsvoller Umgang mit Ressourcen

Responsible use of resources

In addition to the efficient and intelligent use of energy, the responsible use of resources represents a major factor in achieving sustainability goals. This model also encompasses the economical use of building sites and land recycling, the durability and universal usability of buildings, and their easy conversion or, if necessary, demolition. The use of environmentally friendly and nonhazardous substances and materials is an integral part of every planning process. When operating the buildings, we try to minimize their environmental impact and regularly review models and approaches to waste prevention and recycling.

Nachhaltige Mobilität, Fahrradstation vor Adiego

Sustainable mobility

Cities are facing a variety of challenges due to increasing urbanization. As the population grows, so do the traffic and emission problems within metropolitan areas. We have been accommodating this trend for many years and have developed intelligent and sustainable mobility concepts tailored to each shopping center and other commercial properties. In this context, installing charging stations for electric vehicles, car- and bike-sharing solutions, and infrastructure for bicycles and electric bikes all play a major role, as does excellent access to public transportation. The goal of these concepts is to support and promote the sustainable mobility of people in urban areas.

Sustainable locations

Sustainable locations

Our shopping centers are more than just retail sales areas. The lighting concepts are not only sustainable from an energy standpoint, but also actively create a pleasant atmosphere in our centers. Windows, glass facades, and domes ensure that the buildings are filled with plenty of natural light. In conjunction with dimmable LED lighting, the brightness and light color can be adapted to the natural light. Lounge areas and kids’ play areas invite visitors to spend time and relax. Wi-Fi and cell phone charging stations ensure that visitors can easily be reached. As a result, shopping together under ideal conditions becomes standard practice. Thanks to our inclusive approach to center management, everyone can enjoy the experience of eating out at a restaurant.

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Effective sustainability management can be recognized by its measurable results. We implemented a professional data management tool back in 2016 to continuously monitor environmental impacts and review the targets we have set.


t CO2 savings through the use of green electricity at all of our German shopping centers


charging stations for electric vehicles


DGNB, LEED, and BREEAM certifications for our properties


green lease agreements


We invest continuously in sustainable future projects. This includes technical measures and new developments as well as the sensitive use of resources. We see ourselves as a driving force behind the implementation of innovative ideas – including for other companies.

Textile air filters

The air in German cities is often worse than the EU limits allow. Fine dust and nitrogen oxides adversely affect the quality of the air and preventing them is an effective way to combat climate change, which is why we are testing the world's first textile air filter.

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Textlier Luftfilter am ECE Gebäude

Certified sustainable

Certification systems can help compare the sustainability of properties. As an internationally active company, ECE supports all well-known certification systems. To create binding framework conditions, all new construction projects are systematically built and certified in accordance with DGNB criteria. The internal management processes for running the shopping centers were designed to be sustainable and were awarded a basic certificate by the DGNB. This means that every property receives at least silver status when it is certified in operation according to DGNB criteria. The ECE standards in sustainability management also support a positive assessment in certification according to BREEAM or LEED.

Sustainable dialogue

To set out together with partners what can drive forward sustainability, we offer several formats in which we exchange information with our business partners. In pressing hard on the issue of sustainability, we meet annually with representatives of our tenants to work together to bring greater sustainability to new and ever-evolving topics. This regularly results in new joint projects, such as the recent handbook on sustainable shop fitting. Strategic future scenarios are discussed at the Roundtable together with our investors and with representatives from business and science at the decision-maker level.