Objectives and measures: Energy and environmental efficiency

Objectives for 2015

Climate change

  • The comparable total energy consumption of Sponda's properties in Finland (electricity, heating, district cooling) will decrease from the 2014 level. Concerning electricity and cooling, the combined effect will be taken into account.
  • The comparable water consumption of Sponda's properties in Finland will decrease from the 2014 level.
  • The carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions caused by the entire energy consumption of Sponda's properties in Finland will decrease from the level reported in the 2014 annual report.
  • The energy consumption of Sponda’s headquarters will decrease from the 2013 level.1)
  • The consumption of electricity and water will decrease in three of Sponda’s properties in Russia.

1) The year of comparison is 2013 due to renovations and water damage dehumidification that took place in 2014.

Material efficiency

  • The waste recovery rate in Sponda's properties in Finland will remain at least at the level of 96 per cent achieved in 2014.
  • The waste recycling and reuse rate in Sponda’s properties in Finland will be 50 per cent by the end of 2015.
  • The waste recycling and reuse rate of Sponda’s headquarters will, at minimum, remain at the level of 61 per cent achieved in 2014.

Environmental co-operation with clients: property use and maintenance

  • During 2015, at least two new environmental partnerships will be established.
  • One new Green Lease contract will be concluded in 2015.
  • Active and regular follow-up and reporting on the action plans of Sponda’s environmental partners during 2015. The objective is to reduce the environmental impact of partners.

The environmental classification of buildings:

  • Sponda will apply for certification of all new building sites and large basic repair sites.
  • During 2015, environmental certification will be achieved for at least one new building site.
  • During 2015, environmental certification will be achieved for at least one basic repair site.

Measures taken in 2015

Sponda’s Energy efficiency programme expanded

At the end of 2015, Sponda’s Energy efficiency programme covered 109 (2014: 113) properties, which means that as many as 88 per cent of our wholly-owned properties in Finland are included in the programme. During the year, we continued to carry out energy reviews, implement energy saving measures and monitor consumption in accordance with property-specific action plans at the properties covered by the Energy efficiency programme.

A total of 95 energy reviews of our properties were carried out in 2015. We continued to implement energy saving measures, the most important of which were measures concerning the use of ventilation and heating systems. We also improved energy efficiency by measures such as enhancing the efficiency of property cooling and reducing the electricity consumption of the properties.

Environmental co-operation with clients

In 2015, we established two new environmental partnerships in accordance with our stated objectives, and one partnership ended due to the expiration of the lease. At the end of the year, the number of partnerships stood at 23. We concluded one Green Lease contract during the year.

We organised three environmental events in co-operation with our partners in 2015. Lassila & Tikanoja and WWF participated in the events.

Employees involved in environmental activities

We organised our annual Green Day environmental event for employees to distribute information on environmental matters related to Sponda and the company’s head office. The theme of Sponda’s Green Day event in 2015 was climate change. We also organised an Energy Saving Week and held a nature-themed photography contest to mark World Environment Day. In addition, we rode bicycles to participate in the Kilometre Competition organised by the Network of Finnish Cycling Municipalities and the Finland is Biking campaign, and we also participated in the WWF Earth Hour climate event at our head office.

The key figures for the Energy efficiency programme and the Environmental partnership programme for 2015 are presented in more detail in page Energy efficiency programme and environmental partnership.

The energy consumption and carbon footprint of our properties declined further

In recent years, the energy consumption of our properties in Finland has been at a good level. We achieved our objective of further reducing consumption: The energy consumption of Sponda’s properties declined by 16.1 per cent, while their carbon footprint was reduced by 18.4 per cent.

Another objective of ours was to reduce energy consumption in Russia at three of our properties. We sold one of the properties in June 2015. At our other office properties in Russia, the consumption of electricity declined by 3.5 per cent compared to 2014.

We aim to actively reduce the energy consumption and other environmental load of our head office in Helsinki. Good results were achieved in 2015 through greater efficiency in the operating times of air conditioning and lighting systems, leading to a reduction of 12.7 per cent in energy consumption compared to the year 20131).

By far the greatest factor in our carbon footprint is the amount of purchased energy (electricity, district heating and district cooling). We also monitor the carbon dioxide emissions arising from waste management at our properties, the use of company cars and air travel for business. 

The figures for the carbon footprint and energy consumption of our properties for 2015 are available in pages Carbon footprint and Energy consumption and energy sources

First LEED Platinum® certificate achieved

Sponda’s environmental certification efforts reached a new level in 2015 with the awarding of our first LEED Platinum® certificate. The certificate was awarded to Estradi, an office property completed in Helsinki’s Lassila district.

BREEAM® In Use certificates were renewed for three of our properties. We have already achieved a total of eight international LEED®- or BREEAM® environmental certificates. At the end of 2015, we had five active certification processes underway for new construction and renovation projects.

In recognition of developing adaptable and energy-efficient commercial properties Sponda was elected the Developer of the Year 2015 by the RAKLI jury. 

The following properties are LEED®-certified:

  • Estradi, Helsinki (Platinum)
  • Citycenter office tower, Helsinki (Gold)
  • Ruoholahden Ankkuri, Helsinki (Gold)
  • Tampereen Tulli, Tampere (Gold)
  • Sörnäistenkatu 2, Helsinki (Silver)

The following properties are BREEAM®-certified:

  • Ruoholahden Tähti, Helsinki (Very Good)
  • Ducat II, Moscow (Good) 
  • Unioninkatu 20–22, Helsinki (Good)

The certified properties represent 8 per cent of the total leasable space of Sponda’s property portfolio.

Waste recovery rate remained close to 100 per cent

We achieved our target for 2015 and raised the waste recovery rate to 97 per cent at Sponda’s Finnish properties. The waste recycling and reuse rate in our properties in Finland was 45 per cent. We fell slightly short of our target of 50 per cent because we were not able to increase the rate of waste sorting at source at our properties. In 2016, we will focus on increasing the rate of waste recycling at our office and shopping centre properties together with our customers.

We were able to decrease the amount of office waste generated at our head office in 2015, and the rate of waste recycling and reuse at our head office remained at the previous year’s level, in line with our objective.

The key figures for waste management in 2015 are presented in more detail on page Waste management.

Water consumption reduced in 2015

Water consumption at Sponda’s properties was approximately 347,000 cubic metres in 2015, down 5.1 per cent from the previous year. Water consumption includes water used for property maintenance, water consumption in the common facilities of the property, and water consumption by tenants. All of Sponda’s properties are part of the municipal water infrastructure and they do not have water treatment stations of their own.

1) The year of comparison is 2013 due to renovations and water damage dehumidification that took place in 2014.

Objectives for 2016

Energy efficiency and the carbon footprint

  • The comparable total energy consumption of Sponda's properties in Finland (electricity, heating, district cooling) will decrease from 2015 level. The long-term target is to decrease consumption by 20 per cent from the average level in 2001-2005. Concerning electricity and cooling, the combined effect will be taken into account. 
  • CO2 emissions arising from total energy consumption of Sponda's properties in Finland will decline by 0.9 per cent, using 2015 as the baseline.
  • The waste recovery rate in Sponda's properties in Finland will remain at 96 per cent, and the rate of waste recycling and reuse will increase.
  • The consumption of electricity and water will decrease in two of our properties in Russia.

Environmental co-operation with clients

  • Two new environmental partnerships will be established with clients.

Environmental certification of properties

  • Certification will be sought for all new construction and major renovation projects (LEED® or BREEAM®), or In Use certification will be sought for properties. During 2016, two new environmental certifications will be achieved.