What do we do at CITRON
Low energy consumption
Commercial real estate accounts for nearly 40 percent of energy usage in Sweden. Much of the energy consumed is for heating and cooling. By renting premises from property company Vasakronan, we are an active part of their far-reaching environmental policies. Currently, Vasakronan’s properties average approximately 26% under the national average for heating of commercial premises.
All the electricity we consume is considered green power. That is the label given to electricity produced by renewable energy sources, which often includes wind, hydro, biomass or solar energy.
Vasakronan’s carbon emissions over the past three years have decreased by 90% to 3,000 kilos during 2009. In order to offset the remaining emissions an investment is being made in a CDM project, with a biofuel-fired power plant project in India, leading to reduced emissions accordingly.
CDM or Clean Development Mechanism is a sub-project under the Kyoto Protocol designed to allow industrialized countries that have acceded to reduce their carbon emissions (called Annex 1 countries) to invest in projects to reduce emissions in developing countries as an alternative to the more costly emission reductions in their own contries.
We sort and recycle all our waste directly in-house, from household garbage to the computer hardware.
As an addendum to the lease for our premises, we have signed a greeen rental agreement. In general, the agreement assures that we and the landlord actively pursue reduced environmental impact for our locale and property.
Specifically, we commit ourselves to:
- Conducting an annual energy survey to identify, implement and finance electricity savings.
- Annually examine ways of reducing the use of heating and cooling.
- Using building materials that result in minimal adverse environmental impact, when building on our premises.
- Regularly discussing options for further improvements regarding the environment.
- Only purchasing environmentally friendly electricity, according to the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation’s directive regarding Good Environmental Choice.