We obtain environmental certification for our buildings
We certify our commercial new builds in accordance with BREEAM, existing buildings in accordance with BREEAM In-Use and newly built residential buildings in accordance with Miljöbyggnad.
The certifications help make our buildings more sustainable, at the same time that it is easier to compare buildings to one another and to communicate with tenants.
When we certify our new builds in accordance with BREEAM, our goal is to achieve a minimum rating of ‘very good’. When we certify buildings in accordance with Miljöbyggnad, our goal is to achieve at least a ‘silver’ rating.
When purchasing building materials, we use the Swedish Building Materials Assessment, which is an online system for building materials that have been environmentally assessed. The system helps us minimise our environmental impact during construction work.
Our energy consumption
Electricity accounts for the largest share of our energy consumption, and our electricity primarily comes from hydroelectric power. For about a year, we have also obtained electricity from our own photovoltaic installations; the plant in Sickla is the largest in Stockholm County.
We use district heating to heat the majority of our properties. When our properties need to be cooled, we use both purchased district cooling and self-generated cooling.
We have reduced our energy consumption by 15 per cent since 2014, and our goal is to reduce it by 30 per cent per square metre by 2021 as the result of greater energy awareness among our employees and improved energy efficiency.
Our carbon dioxide emissions and climate impact
Our carbon dioxide emissions are 7.5 kg per square metre. The emissions mostly originate from heating our properties with district heat and from visitors coming to our retail hubs by car. A very small proportion is from electricity consumption and business trips. Even if business trips only account for a small share, we have accepted the Company Car Challenge, which means the company will only purchase electric cars, plug-in hybrids or biogas cars as company cars from 2020.
In order to reduce emissions deriving from visitors and tenants, we have installed electric charging points and invested in additional bike parks. The electricity we use in our properties is carbon dioxide-free and comes from hydroelectric power. There is one exception. To compensate for this, we support a wind power project in India.
We are increasing the proportion of green lease contracts
Green lease contracts are agreements between the landlord and tenant and pertain to a joint commitment to reduce the environmental impact in the properties arising from energy, waste and transportation, for example. The goal is, by 2021, for the proportion of green lease contracts to be at least 50 per cent of the contracted annual rent. At present the figure is 31 per cent.
From 2021 we aim to offer individual waste measurement
We provide recycling at all of our properties. Demand from tenants to be able to monitor their waste management has increased. The goal is by 2020 to be able to offer individual measurement to tenants at our office and commercial buildings.
Re-utilisation at our retail hubs
Our customers have shown great interest in reusing materials. There is at least one second-hand operator at most of our retail hubs. We have also carried out several campaigns at our retail hubs where customers have been able to donate used clothing. We collaborate with Stadsmissionen on these campaigns.