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.
Since 2007, when the Eco-efficient Store Manual was published, we have opened more than 2,419 eco-efficient stores. This, together with the eco-refurbishment projects, raises the percentage of eco-efficient Inditex stores over 51%. These measures save 20% in electricity, with the consequent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The biggest electrical savings are detected in HVAC, in which they are estimated as 40%. Besides, these measures saves up to 50% in water consumption with respect to aconventional store. In 2020, all stores of the Group will be 100% eco-efficient.
In order to maintain this objective, at Inditex we have an efficiency platform that performs central monitoring of the HVAC and electricity facilities in a total of 1,234 eco-efficient stores distributed throughout more than 30 countries. This centralised control permits action on the facilities with the objective of optimising management, identifying the most efficient systems, improving maintenance and defining strategies to reduce the energy demand and reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by our stores.
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.