Energy efficiency enhancements

We have worked systematically on energy issues for over 20 years and have achieved excellent results. The energy strategy is an important part of the work towards achieving climate-neutral management. Our ambition is to be an industry leader in energy efficiency and sustainable office properties.

Reducing our climate impact and energy usage are two of our most important sustainability issues. According to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, homes and premises account for more than a third of Sweden’s total end-use energy consumption. This, combined with a strained energy market, has led us to intensify our work on energy efficiency, with a particular focus on digitalisation and our internal processes in order to work smarter and more data-driven.

Energy strategy

Our energy strategy takes a holistic approach to the energy issue for our properties, projects and city districts. Imposing stringent environmental requirements when purchasing energy and customising energy use to tenants’ needs using digital technology are important tools for reducing energy consumption. We monitor and analyse energy usage hourly to identify any deviations in energy performance early on. Extensive checks are conducted at building and company level via an energy follow-up system that scans and processes all recorded consumption values.

Focus areas

Our energy strategy has a strong focus on both our processes and working methods linked to how we work with the energy issue, but also what technology we should use and improve in our properties and city districts.

Important focus areas in our energy strategy include:

  • expansion of renewable energy,
  • power optimisation and flexibility,
  • geoenergy solutions,
  • more efficient ventilation with improved recycling and
  • customising energy use to tenants’ needs using digital technology.

Energy efficiency targets

Our energy efficiency targets are divided into phases. By 2019, we had already achieved the first stage by halving our energy use compared with 2005. Our long-term goal is an average specific energy consumption of 70 kWh/sqm Atemp by 2025. Our 2023 outcome using the same metric was 71 kWh/sqm Atemp. Our 2023 outcome measured as a primary energy rating totalled 67 kWh/sqm Atemp. This means that our energy performance is on average below the requirements for new buildings, even though the vast majority of our portfolio is more than 30 years old.

71 kWh/sqm Atemp

average energy consumption

"The main reason why we managed to achieve such low energy consumption is the great commitment that pervades our entire organisation and the fine cooperation we have with our tenants. Together, we constantly challenge old truths and dare to test new ways of controlling our consumption."

Caroline Ödin, Energy Strategist

Energy efficiency improvements in operations

We are actively working with our processes and our technology to minimise electricity use and we have implemented a large number of measures to reduce consumption and thus mitigate the price increase and support the electricity system. We have also intensified the dialogue with our customers to support them in their energy efficiency work.

Only ‘Good Environmental Choice’ district heating is used in our properties in Solna and Sundbyberg, and for Stockholm inner city and Flemingsberg we buy carbon neutral heating. We work closely with our tenants to support them in reducing energy use, including via green leases. The aim is for green leases to account for 100 per cent of the total lettable area above ground. In 2023, 96 per cent of the total newly signed area above ground and 91 per cent of the total area above ground pertained to green leases.

Changed 14 March 2024

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