Environment and energy

The most significant means for us to impact the environment and carbon footprint are the services and solutions we offer our clients, allowing them to reduce their environmental impact. By taking into account the entire life cycle of a property or an industrial facility, we contribute to sustainable development. In addition, we strive to keep the environmental impacts of our own operations as minor as possible.

 

 

All of our services and solutions are designed to optimise a property’s energy consumption.

 

EU's tight energy goals for 2020 and 2030 

 

The European Union aims to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions by 2020 as follows:

    • 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions within the EU compared to the emission levels of 1990
    • 20% of energy consumption from renewables
    • 20% reduction in primary energy consumption

The targets set for 2030 are even stricter. The binding reduction target for greenhouse gas emissions is 40%. The target is also to increase the use of renewal energy sources by 27%. In addition, there is an indicative target to improve energy efficiency by 27%.

The practical implications of these targets mean that all new buildings should be almost zero-energy buildings – i.e. buildings that produce the same amount of energy as they consume − as early as by the end of 2020. In addition, an increasing share of energy must be renewable energy, such as ground heat or solar energy.

The demand for energy-efficient solutions is rising also in existing buildings. Energy efficiency directive adopted in 2012 includes the obligation for large enterprises to carry out an energy audit at least every four years, with a first audit at the latest by December 5, 2015. Audits must be undertaken by qualified and accredited experts. The obligation covers companies in all industries with personnel exceeding 250 persons or revenue more than EUR 50 million or total assets of over EUR 43 million.

Sustainable building accounts for a property’s entire life cycle

To meet these strict requirements, environmental impacts must be examined
over the entire life cycle of a building.

As an international company that offers technical systems and their maintenance to properties, our chances of impacting energy consumption and carbon footprint in our countries of operation is related, above all, to the services we provide to our clients.

We provide buildings and industrial facilities with services that span their entire life cycle and which allow our clients to reduce the environmental impact of their operations: professional design, efficient technical solutions, quality implementation and comprehensive operation and maintenance.

All of our services and solutions are designed to optimise a property’s energy consumption.

Energy efficiency is considered throughout the life cycle: in design and engineering, project execution and in operational phase.  

 

We offer energy efficiency throughout the life cycle, in all of our service areas:

  • Energy inspections, audits and analyses
  • Energy-efficient technical systems and their modernisations
  • Optimisation of energy efficiency through system adjustments, building automation and remote management
  • Solutions that enable the use of renewable energy sources
  • Automated waste collection systems for entire residential areas
  • Total deliveries of the ESCO (Energy Service Company) and EPC (Energy Performance Contracting) energy savings contracts
  • Advisory services related to environmental certificates

 

We help our clients to reach the requirements of environmental certification

Energy efficiency and environmental building certification are decisive factors for our clients when selecting service providers. The environmental classification allows investors, authorities and property users to compare the energy efficiency and environmental impact of buildings using uniform methods. Environmental classification is considered to increase a property’s value, the return on invested capital, utility rate and rental income. In addition, a company that operates in green premises has a responsible image.

Buildings must meet certain minimum requirements that, in terms of technical systems, are usually related to the consumption of energy, water and materials. There are several different classification systems, of which the most common in our operating countries are the international classification systems BREEAM and LEED.

In addition, there are numerous local classification systems, such as the certificate awarded by the DGNB (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen) in Germany, and evaluation tools focused on specific areas, such as the energy performance certificates of buildings in the EU area and the indoor air classification and the quality certificates for housing cooperatives in use in Finland.

International cooperation

Cooperation with other industry operators further improves Caverion’s possibilities to strengthen its competence in energy-efficient and eco-friendly building systems.

    • We participate in the local activities of the international Green Building Council in several countries, including Finland, Sweden, Norway and Germany. The network promotes practices related to sustainable development in built environments, as well as the environmental classification of buildings.
    • In Norway, we cooperate with Enova, a public enterpise by Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy promoting efficient energy use and the production of renewable energy, which has provided financial support to many of our clients.
    • In Germany, we are a member of the German Sustainable Building Council DGNB (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen e.V.).
    • In Finland, Caverion is one of the founding members of the Climate Leadership Council, established in 2014. The Council aims to influence Finnish businesses’ and research organisations’ general competitiveness, readiness to combat climate change and their ability to make use of the business opportunities created as a result.