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It is a great pleasure for me to present our sustainability report for 2020. Through the implementation of our 4 Pillar strategy, we have made great strides in our journey towards creating ever more sustainable and attractive outlet shopping locations for our brand partners and our guests, as demonstrated through our 5 star result in GRESB, the reduction of our environmental footprint and the setting of new ambitious climate change targets based on the industry specific and science-based carbon risk analysis CRREM.
2020 was a difficult year for our brand partners, our guests, our employees and our communities, but we adapted our activities to ensure a safe shopping experience, certifying each of our 11 Outlets under the Bureau Veritas Safer Shopping certification, and engaging with our brand partners to mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic to the extent possible.
Despite a difficult start of the year, I am equally excited about everything that we have planned for 2021. We will be recertifying 8 of our 11 Centres under BREEAM In-Use, confident that each and every one of our Centres will improve their score, despite the more stringent standard requirements; we will be drawing out investment plans for each of our assets, aligned with our Carbon reduction pathways working towards our 2030 targets; we will be engaging more intensely with our brand partners to increase the presence of their sustainability efforts for our guests and we will be defining our long-term vision when it comes to construction and refurbishment standards in a Manifesto, aimed at creating the shopping environment of the future.
I want to thank the VIA Outlets’ team and our investor APG for their tireless efforts in making VIA Outlets a leader in sustainability amongst our peers and I look forward to increasing our engagement on sustainability with our brand partners and guests, as this will undoubtedly multiply our impact and allow us to contribute to making our communities a better place to live and shop.