Sustainable development, reducing emissions and energy self-sufficiency are global trends that steer the development of university campuses as well. The long-term aim of Aalto University Properties Ltd is to make the Otaniemi campus area energy self-sufficient by 2030.

One of Aalto CRE’s strategic targets is energy efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint, as well as increasing the share of renewable energy sources in building maintenance. Aalto CRE’s critical success factor is to produce long-term cost-effective solutions.

The most significant target in terms of improving energy efficiency has been recorded in the Facilities’ Energy Efficiency Agreement (Toimitilojen energiatehokkuussopimus TETS) signed with the Ministry of Labour and the Economy in Finland on 25 January 2011. The provisional total aim for energy savings in 2016 is 5,338 MWh, which is altogether 6 % of the energy use in 2010 for the equivalent real estate stock. According to the agreement, Aalto CRE must annually report the energy use for the previous year, as well as the implemented saving and efficiency measures related to energy use.

In addition to the TETS agreement, Aalto CRE has made an Energy Saving Agreement with the Aalto University Foundation in January 2010. The aim of the agreement is to activate the parties to perform energy savings. The agreement includes the joint target for total consumption of electric energy and dividing the possible profit derived from the savings. The aim is to implement similar agreements for heat and water consumption.

In its own office, Aalto CRE has committed to the target of the WWF Green Office badge for the reduction of the environmental burden resulting from office work and operations.

Aalto University Properties Ltd received an honorary mention in Tekes’ Fiksu Energia (Smart Energy) competition