ICSC Priorities and Issues
Current ICSC Europe Priorities include but are not limited to the European Retail Action Plan, multi-channel retailing, energy efficient buildings, freedom of establishment, sustainable construction and finance and investment.
ICSC Europe in Brussels
ICSC Europe in Brussels is the newly introduced monthly European Public Affairs e-newsletter. Each issue will set out key topics being discussed within the European Union that are likely to impact on the shopping centre industry and how ICSC is representing your interests at the highest level. We will also list meetings and events within the European Union where ICSC represents its members.
As your membership organisation representing your professional interests, we invite and welcome feedback from you on the content of this e-newsletter.
The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) welcomes the opportunity which the Commission has given to all stakeholders to present their views on the Retail Market Monitoring Report. Given the importance of the retail sector to the European economy, we support the Commission's intention to address some of the identified barriers and to give a fresh impetus to this crucial sector of the economy.
As investors developers, owners and managers of retail developments across Europe, ICSC and its members recognise the important role which they can play in creating more sustainable stores and shopping environments. Considerable work in this area has already taken place within the context of the ICSC Sustainability Working Group, which brings together member companies to exchange best practices and experiences and to discuss the challenges to the development of greener shopping centres. One of the most important initiatives in this regard has been the development of BREEAM Retail, an environmental assessment and certification scheme to measure and benchmark the environmental performance of shopping centres. This scheme has been created in cooperation with the Building Research Establishment and funded by ICSC and its members and has already been piloted in 9 countries across Europe.
In 2008, the ICSC Sustainability Working Group, in cooperation with the Building Research Establishment (BRE), begun to develop a pan-European BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) for use in the assessment of new and refurbished shopping centres throughout Europe. A year-long pilot assessment of the scheme will complete in July 2009 and the BREEAM scheme can then be rolled out across Europe to measure and to benchmark the environmental performance of retail developments and to drive improvements.
ICSC is also a member of the European Buildings Platform and is committed to work with EuroCommerce, the European Retail Round Table and other industry and public sector stakeholders at the European level.