Technopolis has set a goal to use carbon neutral energy in all of its buildings by 2030. The company is currently creating a Net Zero Carbon road map, which will outline the measures to be taken in the following years in order to reach these goals.
“Businesses, governments and individuals all need to do their share to tackle climate change. The real estate sector is currently responsible for one third of total carbon dioxide emissions, so we think going carbon neutral is a must in our industry. Real estate players need to commit to concrete action and start leveraging new innovations to reach this goal,” says Sami Laine, CEO of Technopolis.
Another important aspect of cutting down emissions is how companies use their space. “Modern workspaces that are designed to meet the real needs of employees are often more compact and efficient than traditional offices. Sharing spaces and using shared services is another great way to minimize your environmental footprint,” Laine continues.
According to Johanna Kivelä, Concept Development and Sustainability Manager at Technopolis, the target of using carbon neutral energy in all of Technopolis’ buildings is ambitious but realistic: “We have already carried out substantial sustainability efforts over the years that will help us reach this goal. In three years, we have reduced our carbon footprint by 30%. This is thanks to energy saving measures, as well as procuring and producing more renewable energy. For example, we are already using 100% renewable electricity in Finland and Lithuania, and the Estonian unit will follow later this year. This alone will cut our emissions by a further 20%.”
In addition to procured energy, Technopolis has on-site electricity production with solar panels amounting to 810 MWh. The production of solar energy in Technopolis’ buildings has multiplied within a few years. In 2020, new solar panels will be installed in the Ydinkeskusta campus in Oulu and the Nova building in Vilnius.
Technopolis has systematically utilized building ratings such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) to develop the eco-efficiency of its buildings. Currently around 65% of Technopolis’ building portfolio, including its ongoing development projects, has been certified.
“I would like to highlight that even though we have focused on the eco-efficiency of our buildings, we also take into account the employees of our customer companies when we think about sustainability. We want to offer spaces and services that truly support employee productivity, wellbeing and enjoyment at work. This means that we provide healthy lunches and vegetarian options in our restaurants, gyms in many of our campuses, accessibility to all of our premises by bike and public transport, and services that improve overall wellbeing such as workplace design,” adds Kivelä.
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Technopolis Holding Plc
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Technopolis is the shared workspace expert. We provide efficient and flexible offices, coworking spaces and everything that goes with them. Our services range from workspace design to reception, meeting, restaurant and cleaning solutions. We are obsessed with customer satisfaction. Our 15 campuses host 1,400 companies and 45,000 employees in six countries within Northern Europe.