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Sustainability First results

Focus on energy

Implementing the sustainability strategy has become part of the day-to-day operations for Real Estate Switzerland, while at the same time, selected projects are being realised. For example, a number of sub-projects were launched to achieve the prioritised sustainability goal of increasing energy efficiency, some of which have already been completed.

Operational improvements bearing first results

As part of an extensive operations optimisation programme, around 200 properties across the Real Estate Switzerland portfolio were analysed to identify potential opportunities for improving energy consumption. This task was performed by a team of external energy specialists over the course of the past
18 months. All in all, the project identified an economic savings potential of
19,200 MWh. This represents a reduction of around 14% of the energy consumed in 2014 and CO2 savings of around 6,000 tonnes, together with annual cost savings of approximately CHF 2.9 million. The payback period of the implemented measures is generally one to two years, and no more than four. The project, including steps to put the identified potential to use, was concluded at the end of 2016.

Energy Controlling System

Alongside this project, a comprehensive Energy Controlling System (ECS) was set up in 2016. This ECS encompasses all properties in the Real Estate Switzerland portfolio except in such cases where tenants are responsible for structural repairs and maintenance (Dach und Fach leases). Using the ECS, the consumption data for water, heat generation and electricity for communal areas is recorded, evaluated and compared with previous consumption periods.

Centralised energy procurement and ecological added value

However, the purpose of the ECS is not solely the analysis and comparison of energy consumption data. It also forms an essential basis for the structured procurement of electricity and heating power. The goal is for these to be purchased centrally and on the free market in future (to the extent possible) in order to obtain lower market prices, thereby reducing the cost of heating and other services. Not least, doing so will enable the procurement of energy at an ecological added value, simply and across the board. At the beginning of 2016, the contract for this was awarded and the underlying procurement strategy was adopted.