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Environmental Responsibility

CPIPG Sustainability Environmental Responsibility
MWh pa
2019 Total Energy
t CO2 eq pa
2019 Total GHG
m3 pa
2019 Total Water
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2019 Total Waste
kWh m2 pa
2019 Energy Intensity
YoY Change
t CO2 eq / m2 pa
2019 GHG Emissions Intensity
YoY Change
m3 /m2 pa
2019 Water Intensity
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2019 Total Waste
Diverted from Landfill
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Green Practices


The Group is committed to contribute to climate change mitigation goals within the framework of the Paris agreement and the EU legislation. The Group sets a strategic performance benchmark for its specific GHG production of operated buildings aiming at 20% reduction compared to its 2018 baseline. Similarly, the Group sets a benchmark for the reduction of the specific consumption of the fresh water for its portfolio of operated buildings aiming at 10% reduction by 2030.

CPIPG endorses all Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”) and has Identified priority goals for which it intends to play a key and increasing role:

Suistanability development goals

Good health and well-being

Affordable and clean energy

Decent work and economic growth

Industry, innovation and ifrastructure

Suistanable cities and communities

Climate action

Live on land


ESG Ratings

In December 2019, Sustainalytics improved CPIPG’s rating to 16.4 / 100 from 17.2 / 100, placing CPIPG in the top 7% of diversified real estate companies.

According to Sustainalytics, “The company is at low risk of experiencing material financial impacts from ESG factors, due to its low exposure and strong management of material ESG issues.” Since the previous report, CPIPG was noted for improvements in key risk areas.

Environmental Strategy

The Group introduced a strategic plan for sustainable operation that identifies opportunities to reduce GHG emissions. The pillars of the strategy are in order of importance: Improved operational efficiency, Modernisation of building systems through green capital expenditures, Occupiers' engagement, Clean energy mix and Reduction of use of refrigerants with global warming potential (GWP) above 10 among which improvement in operation efficiency is in main focus.

The Group has joined forces with CZGBC and EnergySim to produce a statistical analysis that defines the boundary lines for the top 15 percent of the most energy-efficient commercial buildings in the Czech Republic.

Performance Review

The Group extended the number of KPIs to provide for a thorough review of portfolio performance and transparent reporting structure in line with EPRA and CDP reporting standards. Detailed disclosure of the environmental impact is available in the 2019 annual report.

The Group’s goal is to standardise environmental practices for existing assets in operation and new acquisitions alongside new developments.

Transparency and accuracy will be always our main objective. Environmental Impact Reporting Tool was launched and utilised for 2019 data collection. This tool allows disclosure across the Group and all its segments and is tailored to report all scopes in line with GHG Protocol.

In August 2020, the Group reported updated environmental performance for the first time in CDP. CDP is an international not-for-profit charity with a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions. CPIPG recognises CDP as a reporting platform that aligns with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and integrates with other reporting standards such as GRI.

Cooperation with External Consultants

Since 2018, the Group has been working closely with the University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings (“UCEEB”) of the Czech Technical University in Prague (“CTU”). UCEEB acts as a technical support provider and adviser for the implementation of environmental reporting, supports the establishment and quantification of environmental Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and co-defines principles for regular monitoring and reporting in line with the global environmental reporting standards (GRI, EPRA, GHG Protocol). The Group started cooperation with CI2, a non-profit organisation focused on sustainable development, education, publishing, science and research. CI2 acts as a third party and monitors, reviews and independently validates the GHG disclosure (CI2 conformity certificate available here) and methodology used. The updated methodology will allow the Group to report its environmental performance in the CDP within 2020.


Czech Green Building Council Membership

The Group is a member of a key industry initiative in the Czech Republic, the Czech Green Building Council (“CZGBC”). The Council was established in 2009 with the aim to support the principles of sustainable building. CZGBC is a member of the European Regional Network of the World Green Building Councils and can influence EU legislation in its initial phase. It closely cooperates with certification organisations including LEED, BREEAM, DGNB and Czech SBToolCZ.

By participating in task groups with leading developers, consultants, engineers and manufacturers we gain practical insights into innovative solutions for effective property management and access information on upcoming legislation and the process of EU law transposition to the region.

Group Policy - Environment and CSR (pdf document)

Top 15% efficiency buildings in The Czech Republic methodology (pdf document)

EPRA Indicator notes:

  • Revised 2019 performance based on updated Market-based Emission Factors,
  • GHG production calculated in line with GHG Protocol and verified by third party CI2
  • Regions France and United Kingdom that represent less than 0.5% of total reported area are excluded in 2018/19 disclosure.
  • Farms and Ski resort Crans-Montana 2019 performance is excluded and reported separately.
  • All values represent Like-for Like 2019 portfolio’s performance
  • Energy consumption combines Elec-LfL, DH&C-LfL, Fuels-LfL and GHG production combines all 3 scopes GHG-Dir-LfL, GHG-Indir-LfL.
  • Energy-Int, GHG-Int, Water-Int are calculated for buildings owned and operated in portfolio for full reported year.
  • Waste production excludes part of the Berlin portfolio where tenants manage waste disposal directly.
MWh pa
2019 renewable electricity output
t CO2 eq pa
2019 GHG emissions avoided excl distribution

Energy management strategy

The Group has been actively involved in the energy transition in Berlin and other segments of the portfolio. In Berlin, the three-part energy management strategy is based on photovoltaic systems, cogeneration units and charging stations for e-vehicles. In addition to Berlin portfolio renewable generation of energy was added in Farm segment.

The aim is to supply the consumer directly and without detours with cleanly produced electricity. The Group contributes a considerable part of the planned climate neutrality of Berlin.


  • Reduction of environmental pollution
  • Installation and improvement of sustainable systems
  • Utilisation of renewable energy sources

GSG Solar

Berlin's largest photovoltaic system

GSG Solar stands for competence and experience in real estate management, including the necessary energy infrastructure. The overarching goals are decentralized energy conversion and significant CO 2 savings. Thus GSG Solar and GSG Berlin contribute a considerable part to the planned climate neutrality of Berlin.

  • 45,000 m2 photovoltaic area
  • 25,250 solar modules
  • 6.3 MWp output
  • 29 building installations
  • 700 smart data meters

A successful local model

  • Locally produced, locally consumed
  • €9 million of sustainable energy investment
  • Green energy Made in Berlin-Brandenburg
  • 1,800 tenants access self-generated solar energy

Combined heat and power plants

  • 6 CHP plants across Berlin portfolio
  • 800 KWp electricial output/CHP plant
  • Highly efficient modern combustion technology
  • Modern pump systems enabling energy saving heating
  • Significant reduction in CO2 property emissions
of office, shopping centre and hotel assets
with direct access to public transport
of all offices, shopping centres and hotels combined
have multiple E-vehicle charging points

Green Mobility

E-SMART company car programme

  • 2018 – Introduction of all-electric E-smart company vehicles
  • Future E-fleet will comprise hybrid and all-electric vehicles

CITRÖEN Multicity Car Sharing and DB e-Flinkster

  • GSG-Berlin offers employees access to Multicity and DB e-Flinkster e-sharing vehicles
  • Company bonuscard grants tenants and employees discounted service

BMW ActiveE - cooperation with the BMW Group

  • Cooperation with BMW on a 6-month "Controlled Charging 3.0" research project
  • 2015 – Tenants had access to 10 all-electric BMW ActiveE vehicles

Charging infrastructure - an integral part of e-mobility

  • At the end of 2019, the electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the portfolio comprised of 55 charging points between the Czech Republic and Berlin. Our subsidiary in Berlin, GSG, has teamed up with Parkstrom GmbH with the aim of installing an additional 110 charging points in 39 of GSG’s commercial properties in 2020.
  • Project preparations for electric car infrastructure is underway in Hungary and ski resort Crans-Montana.
  • Future charging infrastructure to be extended

Alternative Transport

  • Majority of assets have bike storage facilities
  • Bike tower (Futurum Hradec Králové) automatic storage system - 118 bicycle capacity
  • Convenient accessibility by public transportation
  • Proximity to amenities

The Group’s goal is to gradually increase the share of green and certified buildings in its portfolio through new developments, major refurbishments and acquisitions. We have “in-use” certifications for many of our properties, reflecting their performance under current operation

Certified Green Buildings

919372 m2
certified GLA [1]
end of H1 2020
21.8 %
of total portfolio GLA
end of H1 2020
2658 m
certified of total portfolio value [1]
end of H1 2020
27.0 %
of total portfolio value
end of H1 2020

Certified buildings GLA split by geography
End of H1 2020


CZ 24%216,522 m2 HU 13%119,926 m2 PL 47%430,343 m2 RO 16%152,580 m2

Certified buildings GLA split by segment
End of H1 2020


Office 75%685,693 m2 Industrial 4%430,343 m2 Retail 20%34,982 m2 Hotel 1%11,639 m2


List of Certified buildings [2]


Asset nameBuilding typeCertification schemeRatingYear of certification
Czech Republic
City West B2OfficeBREEAM In-UseExcellent2020
City West B3OfficeBREEAM In-UseExcellent2019
Zlatý AndělOffice & Shopping CentreBREEAM In-UseVery Good2019
SC NISAShopping CentreBREEAM In-UseVery Good2020
Olympia PlzeňShopping CentreBREEAM In-UseVery Good2019
OC Futurum Hradec KráloveShopping CentreBREEAM In-UseVery Good2019
QuadrioOffice & Shopping CentreLEED BD+CSilver2014
Ostrava CityHotelGreen KeyN/A2020
Arena CornerOfficeBREEAM In-UseVery Good2019
Gateway Office ParkOfficeBREEAM In-UseVery Good2019
Balance LoftOfficeBREEAM In-UseVery Good2019
Andrássy PalaceOfficeBREEAM In-UseVery Good2019
Quadra - BC30OfficeBREEAM In-UseVery Good2019
Balance TowerOfficeBREEAM In-UseVery Good2019
Balance HallOfficeBREEAM Int NC 2016Very Good2020
Atrium CentrumOfficeBREEAM In-UseGood2020
Atrium PlazaOfficeBREEAM In-UseVery Good2020
Eurocentrum OfficeOfficeLEED BD+CPlatinum2017
Warsaw Financial CenterOfficeLEED O+MGold2020
Equator IOfficeBREEAM In-UseVery Good2020
Equator IIOfficeBREEAM In-UseVery Good2020
Equator IVOfficeBREEAM 2009 Europe CommercialVery Good2019
Green Corner AOfficeLEED BD+CPlatinum2013
Moniuszki TowerOfficeBREEAM In-UseExcellent2020
SC OgrodyShopping CentreBREEAM 2009 Europe CommercialVery Good2016

CPIPG utilises environmental certification schemes to validate the sustainability value of key assets in all main environmental areas (management, health & well-being, energy, water, materials, waste, land use, pollution, transport). Certification criteria is considered for new developments, major refurbishments as well as for buildings in operation.

  • Orientation and support of tenants in green processes
  • Proactive maintenance of environmental policies

  • Regular monitoring of energy performance of properties
  • Efficiency improvement programmes
  • Capital expenditure leading to improved operation efficiency and occupiers' comfort

  • Controlling of pollutants (GHG, NOX) that have GWP

  • Regular monitoring of water consumption
  • Water flow rates reduction

Health & Well-being
Health and Well-being
  • Emphasis on a healthy working environment
  • IAQ control
  • Monitoring and eliminating risks from microbial contamination (water pollutants)
  • Providing tenants with alternative working environments
  • Supporting active lifestyles (background for sportsmen)
  • Using eco-friendly materials in refurbishment projects
  • Smart low maintenance design
  • LCA review for projects > 10,000 m2

  • Recycling of all main waste streams

Land use
Land use
  • Promoting of ecological diversity (flora, fauna) on site and surrounding areas
  • Artificial nesting sites for birds
  • Beehive rooftop installations

  • Supporting of transport alternatives (bicycle facilities, car sharing)
  • Bike storage systems in 90% properties
  • E-Vehicle charging stations
  • Convenient public transportation accessibility
  • Proximity to amenities

Energy efficiency

The Group goes beyond the regional legal requirements for periodic review of building energy performance and reviews the operation of key assets to identify efficiency opportunities with the support of consultants and various monitoring and analytical tools. Energy efficiency is considered as an important driver in the Group’s environmental impact reduction process.

Annual primary energy consumption of projects that qualify under CPIPG’s Framework energy efficiency category is estimated at about 35,000 MWh per annum post refurbishment, equating to a 50% improvement in efficiency, while total CO2 reduction compared to pre-construction is estimated at 12,500 t CO2 eq pa.

Asset nameBuilding typeEligibility Criteria per CPIPG’s Green Bond FrameworkYear of completion
Czech Republic
IGYShopping CentreReduction of CO2 ≥ 30%2017
Bubenska 1OfficeEfficiency 4 letter grade improvement per EPC2020
ZET.officeOfficeReduction of CO2 ≥ 30%2019
LonginHotelsReduction of CO2 ≥ 30%2019


For more information see section ESG Update in the Annual management report 2020, p.88 - 90 (PDF Document 23,8 MB)

[1] Includes CPIPG’s proportionate share of Globalworth’s certified green buildings as at 30 June 2020 according to the Group’s 29.4% shareholding. Globalworth segment and geographical split is based on the company’s portfolio composition as at 30 June 2020, consistent with the approach applied in the Group’s Management Report as at 30 June 2020. In the case of Comparisons based on total GLA, this also includes the Gross Internal Area (“GIA”) of CPIPG’s owned hotels.

[2] List of certified buildings is based on CPIPG’s assets only.

12,000 hectares
total organic
pasture and arable land
8,000 cattle
Angus, Charolais, Limousine
and Wagyu
364,000 kilos / yr
organic meat
pieces / yr
of organic poultry
largest producer nationaly
litres / yr
organic milk
tons / yr
organic animal feed

Sustainable farming Spojené farmy a.s.

  • Up to 40 organic farms across North Bohemia
  • Are located at higher altitudes in protected landscape areas
  • Our farmers have been producing nature-friendly and healthy organic meats since 1996.
  • We breed nature-friendly organic cattle (angus, charolais, limousine and wagyu), chicken, and sheep.

Climate-smart agriculture

Active herd health management programmes

We actively use active herd health management as a key part of our animal husbandry production. It is a range of activities we use so that we sustain the reproduction and genetical health of our herds:

  • a key success factors for good herd health and reproduction:
    • high quality organic fodder, produced on our land where we combine areas for pasture and areas for production of hay and silage
    • non-infectious environment
    • complete year-round herd activity
  • according to weather conditions we keep livestock on pastures almost all year-round, maintaining the most natural methods of breeding and securing the most appropriate conditions. Only in adverse weather conditions do we keep our livestock under shelter between the months of December to March.
  • within our extensive farming we conduct calving in late winter, early spring for the best natural conditions when the vegetation is fresh and the livestock have maximum activity and cows/heifers have the best lactation for their calves.
  • good nutrition is a necessary for good metabolism and reproduction, this begins with focusing on healthy new calf nutrition
  • we regularly assess our own silage production to ensure high quality nutrition, to provide and protect livestock health
  • our farms use natural reproduction in the form of direct pasture breeding, placing breeding bull placed into a herd of cows/heifers without human interference
  • regularly we purchase new breeding bulls to keep our reproductive herds healthy
  • for the best nutrition of our livestock we use dietary mineral supplements in the form of salt without vitamins (not permitted in the organic farming). For reducing dietary mineral supplements, we prefer to add lime to the soil that helps increase soil pH and naturally exploits the nutrition already allocated to the yield that decreases with decreasing pH.
  • we breed our livestock longer when compared to conventional agriculture where the breeding is intensive and focused on maximizing weight within the minimum time.
  • we don’t vaccinate preventively, we don’t use artificial or synchronised insemination, if necessary we get rid of parasites that can damage or affect negatively animal’s metabolism
  • usage of medicaments is individually approved by a veterinary and the protection period is twice as long than in conventional agriculture

Soil remediation and organic soil fertility management

  • we carry out such works that lead to soil remediation and fertilisation through regular vegetation treatment – sowing, mowing, mulching, aerating, verticutting, dragging and harrowing that we do every year to maintain positive yields and thus produce sufficient fodder for our livestock
  • if we have surplus fodder in stock, we mulch ungrazed vegetation in autumn in order to naturally fertilise the soil and support the volume of humus (natural/mature compost) in the soil
  • livestock grazing on the pastures naturally help renew and fertilise the cover during summer season
  • we rotate pastures and meadows every year
  • every 5-10 years we till cattle manure into the soil strongly supporting water retention, aiding soil erosion. We don’t do this on so called ‘rich species’ pastures or where threatened animals live, such as the corn crake etc.
  • we take tests in particular areas within our land to investigate exact parameters of nutrients and other substances that occur in the soil. According to these assessments, we relocate or remediate if the assessment is not sufficient (pH of the soil is too acidic and therefore we conduct liming)

Ecological agriculture means:

Healthy and natural foods

  • biological cycles without chemical products
  • nature conservation and landscape maintenance
  • natural animal husbandry, organic feed for all animals
  • production and processing of food without the use of gene manipulation
  • objective control of the products from the field to the table
  • organic, contamination-free food
  • great contribution to the ecosystem in a given location

Ecological agriculture

  • Our country is returning endangered species such as the corncrake and other representatives of the bird kingdom. Our farmers are also involved in reporting cranes, kingfishers, sea eagles and black storks, helping to monitor and protect them.
  • Another important step towards protecting the environment is the delicate management of meadows. There is an increase in important biodiversity (species diversity) of plants in meadows and pastures. Leaving unstretched belts in with a width of 6 to 12 meters provide conditions for the survival of all stages of development of butterflies and other invertebrates that are dependent on the existence of growing grass vegetation.
  • A gentle way of farming on our farms also demonstrably contributes to the protection and improvement of groundwater quality. Well-treated meadows and pastures prevent intensive inputs of nitrates and soil erosion and thus contribute to improving our environment.
  • Organic farming is a positive relationship with animals, soil, plants and nature without the use of artificial fertilizers, chemical products, sprays, hormones and artificial substances. It takes into account natural cycles and dependencies, contributing to the care and preservation of the environment. Its main goal is the production of healthy foods in harmony with nature.

Long-term strategy

Our long-term strategy is the production of authentic, higher value added foods - organic food, which will not be just an exclusive item on the menu.

Ecological agriculture

Cultivation, breeding, storage, processing and packaging - the whole organic production process is strictly controlled according to the Act on Organic Farming No. 242/2000 Coll., that complies with strict international requirements and Commission Regulation No. 889/2008 laying down implementing rules to Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products. The labelling of organic food is uniform throughout the Czech Republic and it is allocated annually on the basis of an independent control e.g. KEZ ops The authenticity of organic food is guaranteed by a certificate and a trademark for products from controlled organic farming.