SM Investments Corporation through its property arm, SM Prime Holdings continues to provide a unique "malling" experience with the opening of its 83rd mall in Balanga, Bataan by integrating sustainability features in its design and operations. The geographic location of the coastal city provides an opportunity for the company to incorporate disaster resiliency in its design in the flood-prone municipality. Balanga experiences annual flooding based on its history of recurring disasters and so, SM has equipped the mall with two rainwater catchment tanks that can hold up to 900 cubic meters combined or equal to 3.6 million 250mL glasses of water.
The catchment tanks aim to reduce soil erosion and flow of stormwater that causes urban flooding. SM City Bataan also utilizes clerestory windows, series of large windows, for better light ventilation which reduces the electricity consumption of the facility. This could save up to approximately 2240 kWh of energy daily.
The company remains a staunch advocate of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to which their sustainability initiatives are anchored from. SM City Bataan uses recycled water for water closet flushing, landscape maintenance, and to supply waters to the cooling towers of the building's air conditioning system. SM continues to integrate sustainability in its daily operations.
As of 2022, the SM Group had already recycled 42.5 million cubic meters of water, enough to fill 17,000 competition-sized pools. The opening of SM City Bataan marked it as the 25th mall with rainwater catchment basin and 28th with electric vehicle charging station, further amplifying its commitment to sustainable practices.