Iso Omena on the path towards carbon neutral shopping centre management

Achieving carbon neutrality in a shopping centre is not an easy task, and the scale of the task varies much depending on how this is defined. Citycon’s key long-term sustainability target is to be carbon neutral by 2030. According to the company’s definition, Citycon we will have no direct carbon emissions from its own assets and all purchased energy will be carbon-neutral. At Iso Omena, Citycon will go above and beyond this.  

The vast majority of carbon emissions from shopping centre management stem from energy consumption, that is. electricity for lighting and ventilation of common areas and heating and cooling energy for the premises. In 2017, Citycon installed a solar power plant consisting of 2,000 solar panels on the roof of the centre, producing roughly 400 MWh of renewable electricity. All the electricity purchased by Citycon for own consumption has been green electricity since the beginning of 2018.  

Starting in the summer of 2018, the district cooling used by Iso Omena has been produced by free cooling from waste water. The Suomenoja pumping plant that provides the district cooling for Iso Omena, uses CO2-free electricity through purchases of Guarantees of Origin. In November 2019, Iso Omena joined Fortum's flexible district heating where intelligent control of heat can significantly reduce emissions. The shopping centre uses Fortum's Ekoplus heat, which is produced with 100% renewable fuels and waste heat.  

 In 2020, Citycon will strive to offer its tenants a system to offset their carbon footprint from operations at our shopping centres, with Iso Omena as a pilot centre. 

Benchmarking through environmental certifications for both construction and use phase…

Iso Omena has gone through two major extension projects, both of which have been certified according to LEED receiving Gold and Platinum certifications.  Iso Omena was first Breeam In-Use certified in 2016 and in 2019 Iso Omena was re-certified with the score of Excellent in both building management and asset performance. This was the highest BREEAM In-Use management score yet in Finland.

…And taking care of local biodiversity

In addition to solar panels, the roof of Iso Omena is the home of some 40 000 busy tenants. Our resident bees live in two beehives and produce around 100 kilogrammes of honey each year. Although bees can help pollinate flowers in a radius of around 1 kilometre, the closest greenery is much closer as Iso Omena has a 700m2 green roof.

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