Our climate goals

As the leading shopping centre in the Upper Austrian lakes region, we demonstrate our responsibility towards people, the region and the environment – both today and on behalf of future generations. This is why for many years VARENA has been consistently committed to energy efficiency, proactive climate protection, alternative energy sources and sustainable mobility. Our mall operator, SES Spar European Shopping Centers, has set clear climate goals for this that are to be achieved by 2050 at the latest.

88% less carbon emissions

100% green electricity

46% savings in energy costs

Photovoltaic systems on available roof surfaces

Mobility and accessibility

Excellent connections to local public transport, bicycle parking, a direct link to the cycle path network and modern infrastructure for electric vehicles provide an easy and eco-friendly alternative for our customers when they come and shop with us.

Sustainable transport links

12 EV charging points – 100% green electricity

The Energieplatz (energy station) is on VARENA level P-2 and provides a total of 12 charging points for electric vehicles. Two of them are rapid charging points with an output of 22 kW. The remaining ten have an output of 11 kW. All charging points have Type 2 connectors.

Links to public transport

Bus, main road, footpaths and cycle routes

VARENA has ideal links to the public transport network and is always easy to reach: relax and take the city bus right to the mall entrance, drive your car conveniently from the B1 to the parking level or one of our 1900 extra-wide free parking spaces in the covered car park, or come on foot or by bike using the nearby footpaths and cycle routes.

Bicycle service at VARENA

For those who enjoy traveling by bike, VARENA offers a great deal to support sustainable commuting:

  • Dedicated bicycle parking spaces
  • Free self-service terminal (for repairs)

Transport services and access

1.900 XXL free parking spaces
1.900 XXL free parking spaces.
Electric charging station
Energy charging station for cars on P-2. It currently offers you ten charging stations with an output of 11 kW and two high-speed charging stations with 22 kW at.
100 disabled parking spaces
There are 100 disabled parking spaces.
Weather-proof parking
In our parking garage, your car is protected against bad weather and hail, even outside of opening hours.
100 family parking spaces
100 family parking spaces are available on P-1, P-2 and the parking deck.
Bus stop
Lines 2 and 3 stop right in front of the VARENA (exit P-2).
Taxi rank
Taxi rank in front of the VARENA (Interspar entrance).
100 parking spaces for bicycles
100 parking spaces in P-2 and on the front parking deck.
Footpaths and bike paths
VARENA can be reached on foot and by bike via paved, wheelchair & pushchair-friendly footpaths and bike paths.

Energy management – planned systematically

Since 2019, VARENA has operated in compliance with an ISO-certified energy management system that was recertified by TÜV AUSTRIA in 2022. This means that we continuously analyse our energy consumption and implement measures to save energy and improve energy efficiency. For example, over the past few years we have succeeded in cutting energy consumption in our mall by around 40%.

Free cooling and optimised cooling

Water tank for cooling

Cooling requirements are met using the cold water tank. When needed, the night air is used to cool the shopping mall outside opening hours (free cooling). All ventilation systems include technical equipment for heat recovery.

LED lighting

Energy-saving lighting

Retrofitting saves electricity and money. Saving energy means protecting the climate. At VARENA, this has long included specific measures such as successively retrofitting all the lighting on the façades and the interior with energy-saving LED technology.

VARENA Luftaufnahme
8,300 m² of photovoltaics for sustainable self-generated power

Following the SES shopping centers MURPARK in Graz (2018), WEBERZEILE in Ried (2020), MARIANDL in Krems (2022), and CITYPARK in Graz (2022), a photovoltaic system on the roof of VARENA became operational in September 2023. With 3,148 modules and a capacity of 1,353 kWp, it is among the most powerful photovoltaic systems in the region.

Excellent centre management and building performance

In 2013 VARENA underwent certification of existing buildings in compliance with Breeam AT. In 2017, we even topped this excellent result with recertification in compliance with Breeam In-Use: since then the mall has been rated excellent – both for mall management and for building performance.

Übergabe TÜV-Zertifikat
Energy management system certified by TÜV AUSTRIA

SES Spar European Shopping Centers implemented an energy management system for the Austrian shopping malls in compliance with EN ISO 50001:2018 back in 2019. It has now been successfully recertified by TÜV AUSTRIA. At the same time, SES has been able to expand the energy management system to cover all SES shopping malls in Slovenia and Italy and obtain TÜV AUSTRIA certification for the malls in three countries.

People and society

Helping where there’s a need. We assume social responsibility, whether through long-term cooperation with clubs and associations in the region, through unforgettable events or various charity campaigns.

Zwei Hände, die ein Herz formen
What we do for people

Our corporate sustainability culture at SES

Our staff are our most important success factor. We create jobs in the region and are a platform for local retailers. As a neighbourhood shopping centre, we provide people in the region with the main products and services they need every day.


Certified energy management in compliance with ISO 50.001

We demonstrate responsibility:

Economical, eco-friendly and social – when it comes to the environment and society, the mall’s operating company SES Spar European Shopping Centers thinks ahead and is pursuing a clear energy policy.
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