Easy to do the right thing
Nyfosa’s ambition when it comes to sustainability is to make it easy to do the right thing. The goals should be clear and have a direct link to daily operations and should be easily deduced from the SDGs and evidence-based climate research. To clearly show the way forward, Nyfosa has identified a number of concrete goals presented below.
Training and education
Evidence-based climate targets
Material consumption and choice of material
* Environmental certification means all certifications that are approved by SGBC (Sweden Green Building Council).
Today Nyfosa's property portfolio contains four properties that have received environmental certification in connection to the completion of renovation or redevelopment. Within environmental certifications, we have set a target for our Like-for-Like properties (LFL), that is, properties that were not acquired or sold during the current year.
Today, Nyfosa offers so-called green leases, which are based on the contract template of the property owners organization for both new leases as well as renegotiations with tenants. Green leases are a form of collaboration between tenants and property managers to work together for more sustainable properties. Nyfosa will continue working towards green leases and encourage its tenants to sign green leases.
Nyfosa uses 100% renewable electricity (hydropower) through an agreement with Vattenfall. This means that the electricity consumption in our buildings has a low carbon dioxide emission per square meter. It is the heating of our premises that causes the greatest energy consumption and has the highest carbon dioxide emissions per square meter. We as buyers cannot fully influence the mix of energy sources used by the energy supplier for heating. On the other hand, we can choose to invest in alternative energy sources, such as solar energy and geothermal heat.
For Nyfosa, it is a priority to be able to attract employees who can contribute with the right knowledge and experience. Nyfosa is therefore working actively to be an employer that offers a creative, open and stimulating work environment with a focus on proximity to business decisions, participation in business development and personal development for all employees. Our employees are offered continuous training in the working environment, property owner responsibility and contract responsibility.
In accordance with the industry code of conduct for suppliers, Nyfosa shall actively impose environmental and sustainability requirements on suppliers in connection with procurement. Nyfosa's goal is to implement the Property Owners' industry common code of conduct for suppliers, which means that suppliers must respect the code of conduct and do their utmost to meet the requirements both within their own organization and to ensure that the code is complied with by their suppliers and subcontractors. The Property Owners organizations’ code of conduct is based on the fact that goods and services delivered must comply with the 10 principles in human rights, working conditions, environment and corruption of the UN Global Compact.
The intention is that evidence-based climate targets will help Nyfosa to build a clear and defined path to future-proof growth. This is done by specifying how much and how quickly we need to reduce our climate footprint according to current science. In this way, Nyfosa can in the long run adopt even more ambitious and scientifically established goals for reducing emissions.
In tenant-specific adjustments, reconstruction and new construction, large quantities of materials are used which increase the environmental impact. Material consumption is the single largest post for carbon dioxide emissions in the construction and real estate industry. Nyfosa strives to reuse and recycle materials and products and to use renewable raw materials as much as possible. We also consider the sustainable characteristics of materials in our selection to ensure that materials used in our properties do not contain hazardous substances that are spread to ecosystems or create unhealthy indoor environments. At present, Nyfosa has no system for monitoring material consumption and choice of material, so this is a priority issue to work with throughout 2020.
The operational green framework describes what can be done at Nyfosa's operational level to achieve the goals.