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 KWh of renewable electricity. All the electricity purchased by Citycon for own consumption has been green electricity since the beginning of 2018. In 2020 Citycon will start a large energy-efficiency project at Iso Omena, with the aim of reducing the energy consumption by up to 25% during the coming years.
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.
From the beginning of 2020, Iso Omena will offset the carbon footprint of the waste management with Gold Standard certified afforestation/reforestation projects in cooperation with our waste management service provider. 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.