The eco-efficient store concept is one of Inditex's most visible and ambitious sustainability commitments. The store is the most prominent feature of the Inditex business model, serving as the place where our customers are introduced to the style propositions offered by each of our brands. Eco-efficiency is now one of the primary considerations in all of Inditex's store design.
Inditex has built more than 1,300 eco-efficient stores around the world since 2007, and has refurbished over 420 additional stores according to the eco-efficient model. All Inditex stores will be eco-efficient by 2020.
The sustainability and energy efficiency measures built into these stores deliver average savings of 30% in electricity usage and 50% in water consumption compared to conventional stores. Inditex's eco-efficient stores are also equipped with the most innovative energy management technology, driving a notable reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. All of the Group's requirements and initiatives, in terms of materials and waste management, are addressed in the Manual for the Design, Construction, Maintenance and Management of an Eco-efficient Store, which serves as a guide for all of the Group's new store openings.
LEED and BREEAM certification
In order to ensure that the direction taken with the Eco-Efficient Store concept is and remains on-target, since 2009, Inditex has been following the guidelines and recommendations of the two benchmark green buildings standards: the US LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certificate and the European BREEAM seal for buildings designed and built using criteria for maximising eco-efficiency. Inditex has been auditing some of its most emblematic stores since 2009 with the aim of having them lead the way forward for the construction or refurbishment of the rest of its stores. The Group's ultimate goal is not to have all of its establishments certified but rather to periodically test its eco-efficient store manual in order to check that it remains on the right track towards benchmark energy efficiency.