The sustainable shopping centre

Buildings represent a large fraction of global carbon emissions and energy consumption. In addition, shopping centres affect local communities in several ways. By integrating sustainability measures into our daily operations, we aim to do more than expected to achieve sustainable development. Below are a few examples of how we do this.

Proximity and Easy Access

Shopping centres are located close to people, in urban hubs with excellent connections to public transport. Access to commuter rail, metro and buses is seamless or integrated into the centre itself. All Citycon’s shopping centres are accessible by public transport.

Environmentally-Friendly and Healthy Transportation

Ample bicycle parking and good pedestrian access make it easy to leave the car at home. Designated parking spaces and charging stations for electric vehicles and electric bicycles encourage environmentally-friendly modes of transportation. There are over 4300 dedicated bicycle parking spaces and over 400 EV charging points at our centres.  In 2020 half of our visitors visited us by public transport foot or bicycle. 

Energy- and Water-Efficient Solutions

There is a host of big and small technical solutions that minimise energy consumption: effective heat recovery from technical systems and appliances, LED lighting in both common areas and shops, optimised ventilation, low-flow water fixtures and toilets, as well as waterless urinals save both water and energy.

Citycon’s Buskerud Storsenter became the first shopping centre to use CO2 as a refrigerant for carbon neutral comfort cooling for its entire building. Using CO2 as a refrigerant benefits energy efficiency, as it enhances surplus heat recovery, as well as transference of heat and cooling within the building. Energy consumption at Buskerud has decreased by 34% compared to its pre-refurbished state.

Energy Production

Some of the energy needed is produced by shopping centres locally, using fossil fuel-free resources. Solar panels on the roof produce electricity and provide shade, which also reduces the need for cooling during summer. Geothermal heating and cooling reduces the need for external heat and cooling. The largest geothermal heating and cooling energy plant in Europe for a commercial building is being built under Lippulaiva and will generate carbon-free energy to meet the shopping centre’s heating and cooling needs. Lippulaiva will be a Nearly Zero Energy Building. Jakobsbergs Centrum converted to geothermal heating and cooling in 2016, and in 2018 expanded the use of renewal energy with photovoltaics. The centre now has the first combined solar and geoenergy plant installed in a shopping centre in Sweden. Seven of our centres currently produce solar electricity.

Waste Management and Maintenance

Well-planned and conducted waste management provides both tenants and visitors with the possibility to reduce, reuse and recycle, as well as dispose of waste in a sustainable way. At Citycon we have several initiatives for engaging with our tenants to enhance our recycling and waste management, ranging from online waste sorting training to a weighing system of different waste fractions and recycling coordinators giving hands-on advice about how to sort and recycle in the best possible way.

Environmentally-Friendly and Healthy Materials

Low carbon materials and recycled building elements reduce the carbon footprint of the building. Focusing on the building materials used also ensures a good indoor climate. A green roof has both aesthetic and practical benefits: it provides isolation that reduces the need of heating during winter and cooling during summer. Green roofs retain rainwater, easing storm water management during heavy rains. They improve air quality by filtering noxious gases and can help support local biodiversity. Our biggest green roof is at Mölndal Galleria. At 4,000 sq.m. it measures the equivalent of 15 tennis courts.

Local Engagement and Services

The shopping centre is a part of the local community with services such as health care centres, libraries, theatres, playgrounds and places of worship. It is a meeting point for local residents and provides a space for local engagement – a place for more than just shopping. With libraries, public health care units, film theatres and more, our shopping centres strive to truly be a place for much more than just shopping.

Accessibility for All

Accessibility for people with disabilities is taken into consideration as well as youths, the elderly and children and their families. This is done through continuous dialogue with local residents and other stakeholders. During the extension project of Iso Omena, we invited youths to participate in the planning and design of the centre and the same approach will be used in the Lippulaiva project.

Safety and Security

Safety is taken into consideration in the design of the centre as well as the building materials and technology. Safety procedures are planned and tested, and the shopping centre management is trained in safety matters. Security guards are trained to take a pre-emptive and de-escalating approach. Our youth-focused security guard project received the SOSTE award in 2018.

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