De Leite Brewery
July 17, 2017
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June 20, 2019

AG Real Estate

How AG Real Estate implemented sustainable water management in its buildings and supported Water Heroes.

BOSAQ has implemented sustainable water management in the buildings of AG Real Estate helping them to become real Water Heroes. We are set out to reduce the water consumption in the assets of AG RE both by offering technical solutions and by creating awareness among the tenants of the buildings to encourage them to conserve water.

Client

Type Brewery
Investment X
Annual ROI X
Money Saved (p/year) X

Introduction

Sustainability is a major priority for AG Real Estate (AG RE), the biggest real estate company of Belgium. They have set goals to manage their assets in a more sustainable way. Reducing the consumption of both water and energy will result in a reduced impact on our environment and water resources.

Challenge

Water consumption in buildings accounts for a significant share of total water consumption in societies. Technical interventions to reduce water use in building assets is often insufficient to dramatically increase sustainability and positive impact on the environment of Real Estate companies. From the experience obtained by BOSAQ, it is clear that communication to all stakeholders is essential to create a movement to a more sustainable water cycle. Combining expert technical knowledge and effective communication is key to promote sustainable water management in Real Estate.

Solution

BOSAQ helps AG Real Estate to become real Water Heroes. We are set out to reduce the water consumption in the assets of AG RE both by offering technical solutions and by creating awareness among the tenants of the buildings to encourage them to conserve water.

On the 22nd of March, World Water Day, we kicked-off our awareness campaign in two buildings identified by AG Real Estate. That day, their tenants were surprised with a little guerilla stunt. Tips and information about water were shared everywhere in the buildings.

Technical measures are being taken and a benchmark is being set. AG RE took the first step towards more sustainability within their buildings, however, they can’t do it alone. Together with all their tenants, they are striving to be real ‘Water Heroes’. By the end of this year, a winner of the Water Hero Contest will be identified.

Not only is AG RE implementing sustainable water management, with every m3 they save, but they will also donate €1,- to our non-profit organization Water Heroes, which provides safe drinking water to vulnerable communities around the world. We do this by providing our technology, decentralized and sustainable water purification units, to local communities in need.

With €1,- BOSAQ can provide 200 liters of drinking water one single time. In developing countries, the average water consumption per day is 5 liters. This means that with 1 euro per day, we can help 40 people for a whole year!

Result

AG Real Estate decreases the water use in its assets and obtains a sustainable image through our communication efforts. A sustainable image has a positive effect on employer and company branding, providing AG Real Estate with a competitive advantage. Besides these benefits for AG Real Estate, it also assists in obtaining social impact by donating €1 per m³ of water saved to our non-profit organization Water Heroes, helping to provide drinking water to those that lack access to it. In short, AG Real Estate becomes a real Water Hero.