Wihlborgs climate work
Wihlborgs takes steps to reduce CO2 emissions in a range of areas. Emissions from property management are reported in Scope 1 (direct impact) and Scope 2 (purchased energy). For these scopes there are good conditions for reducing our CO2 emissions to a very low level in the foreseeable future. Over time we have clearly reduced these emissions even as our operations have expanded, thanks to continuous energy efficiency enhancements and purchases of renewable energy.
Climate neutral property management
Since 2019 the goal for our Swedish property management has been to achieve climate neutrality, and we managed to achieve that goal again in 2020 by climate-compensating for our net deficit in both Sweden and Denmark. We climate compensate by purchasing certificates based on the Gold Standard. Naturally, our efforts to reduce our own operational emissions are ongoing, meaning climate compensation will become a smaller part of our work to achieve climate neutrality.
How we reduce our CO2 emissions
Own operations, for example refrigerants, service vehicles, company cars and gas consumption.
With respect to the climate impact of our own operations, we have taken a number of steps including only purchasing electric, hybrid or gas vehicles to transitioning to renewable biogas and rebuilding our cooling facilities. Leakage from refrigerants accounts for a considerable proportion of our climate emissions, which is why we have been developing our own cooling facilities for a number of years, through which our technology managers collaborate with our suppliers. We are replacing old cooling machines with new ones that run on a natural refrigerant (propane), which has a very small climate impact should there be a leak compared with traditional refrigerants.
Energy purchased for operations, for example, electricity, district heating and district cooling.
To reduce the climate impact of energy we purchase for our properties, we work to systematically reduce energy demand, convert to renewable types of energy and install our own solar power systems at our properties. Each year we carry out energy efficiency enhancement projects at selected properties. The fact that we have our own service technicians and operators with extensive expertise and strong system support means we are easily able to identify the properties with the greatest savings potential. We are in principle solely using energy from renewable sources in our Swedish operations, and we are continuing to purchase renewable energy to the greatest extent possible in Denmark as well. However, there is limited access to renewable energy. We continually install new solar power systems and now have solar panels at a total of 21 properties.
Purchasing goods and services, for example transportation of waste, flights, work trips in vehicles using a private vehicle. Tenants’ use of electricity at our premises via their own electricity agreements.
A large proportion of the property sector’s climate impact originates from the building process, and we are enhancing our efforts in this area together with the construction sector, for example via LFM30 in Malmö, the local roadmap for a climate-neutral construction sector in Malmö by 2030. The Zero CO2 certification is another important initiative, where we are planning for our first certification; for the Vista (Bläckhornet 1) project in Hyllie. We we need to adopt a lifecycle perspective for the buildings and it is important that we as far as possible reuse, renovate and convert existing buildings.
A lifecycle perspective for the buildings
Already in the design phase, the framework is set for the entire life cycle of the building. The decisions made in the design phase affect, for example, the possibility of flexible adjustments of the premises over time. Therefore, we already in this stage focus on flexibility, resource optimization and choice of materials in dialogue with our tenants.
The need to climate-proof our properties has increased in line with climate change. This is largely managed through the property caretakers’ day-to-day work inspecting the buildings. To future-proof new buildings, we conduct climate risk analyses at an early planning stage to establish any location-specific climate risks and identify suitable measures for climate-proofing buildings. Climate adaptation is also one of the points on our contract documentation sent to contractors.
Some examples to reduce the effects of climate change include installing green roofs that slow down rainfall and cool buildings in summer, planting trees that offer shade and reducing the amount of impermeable surfaces in favour of materials that can absorb rainwater. The field is still relatively new and we see potential to work more actively on these issues in the future as we expect to see changing weather conditions in the Öresund region.
Our own solar power systems
By installing own solar power systems, we reduce the need for purchased energy, and we can produce our own renewable energy that is often used directly at the properties. We also contribute to more robust energy systems locally by way of lower power requirements, as solar power fills the gap during certain periods. In 2020, we installed more new solar power systems, including at voestalpine Böhler weldcare AB’s new facility at Stenåldern 7 in Malmö and MilDef AB’s new premises at Musköten 20 in Helsingborg. In Denmark, solar panels were installed at two properties: Lautruphøj 8 in Ballerup and Banemarksvej 50 in Brøndby. We now have solar panels at a total of 21 properties in Sweden and Denmark.exibility, resource optimization and choice of materials in dialogue with our tenants.