Sustainability Services

About Us

As an early pioneer in integrating sustainability in the real estate business, we have built our reputation based on our solid experience in applying state-of-the-art solutions to real estate assets and, we are highly recognised by our partners and clients.

With a holistic and integrated approach, our sustainability services cover the whole lifecycle of the building, offering a comprehensive range of solutions, from assessing and mitigating risks to designing and implementing the best strategy according to our clients’ needs.

Why are we the partner of choice?

  • We offer a holistic approach to risk management and resilience helping clients to prioritise options and protect building vulnerabilities.
  • We work in diverse geographic areas and boast a world-wide network of expertise, always working closely with our clients to solve complex sustainability challenges by offering pragmatic solutions to every project according to their ESG agenda.
  • Our multidisciplinary team enables clients to reach their sustainability goals, reducing the impact of their activities and future-proofing their operating assets, as well as revealing their true sustainable value.


To clients aiming to achieve compliance and a holistic approach to risk management:


  • Support with licensing in development project
  • Assess safety, health and environmental legal compliance at the local, national and international level


  • Develop socioeconomic impact studies
  • Undertake due diligence to assess safety, health and environmental gaps to evaluate risks and opportunities
  • Carry out a risk assessment and draw up a mitigation plan for the following areas: climate change and its financial and technological implications, fire and safety, health and environmental risks
  • Develop environmental impact studies

  • Design and building phase
  • Operating phase
  • Both phases


For clients who wish to optimize costs in order to drive investment, these are the services we offer:


  • Sustainable building design
  • Safety, health and environment management system during construction works


  • Benchmark energy and water consumption
  • Devise energy and water efficiency programmes
  • Design and implement management systems to address operational control
  • Develop a waste management plan


For clients looking for the best pathway and tools to unleash their sustainable value in real estate assets:


  • Pinpoint environmental and social challenges and opportunities specifically related to your business strategy through a materiality assessment
  • Carry out stakeholder mapping and assessment and draw up an engagement strategy
  • Develop an ESG strategy for your asset, or portfolio of assets, to leverage your business strategy


  • Develop a climate change strategy towards the implementation of a net zero energy building
  • Assess the carbon footprint
  • Develop a carbon footprint optimisation plan


  • Achieve Green Building Certifications such as BREEAM and LEED
  • Achieve Healthy Building Certifications such as WELL
  • Achieve Safety, Health and Environment Management System certifications such as OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001

Key credentials

  • Our environmental management practices were first established in 1999 and we have been improving them ever since. In 2018, our company was able to avoid costs of €25 million, due to the implementation of energy, water and waste efficiency measures.
  • In the development of new retail real estate assets (including office towers), 26 Sonae Sierra construction sites have achieved ISO 14001 certification, 10 have achieved OHSAS 18001 certification and 2 have achieved green building certifications (DGNB and BREEAM).
  • 6 retail real estate assets currently certified with BREEAM in-use certification.
  • 52 ISO 14001 certifications have been achieved at operational shopping centres since 2005, and OHSAS 18001 certifications have been achieved at 48 operational shopping centres since 2008.
  • Since 2003, our water consumption has decreased by 21%, our electricity consumption has decreased by 49% (since 2002) and our waste recycling rate (since 2002) has improved 248% (47 percent points) from 19% to 66%.

Elsa Monteiro Head of Sustainability

Daniel Santos Sustainability Business Development

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