(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sponda, one of Finland’s leading real estate asset management companies, has today announced an agreement with Helen, one of the largest energy companies in the country, that will enable the construction of a new wind power farm in Ostrobothnia, Finland. As a result, 100% of the electricity consumption in Sponda’s properties will be produced by emission-free wind power. The agreement supports Sponda’s objective of carbon neutrality, highlighted in the company’s sustainability programme.
From 2022, 50% of the wind power used by Sponda to cover electricity consumption will be generated at Helen’s new Lakiakangas 3 wind farm. The remaining 50% of required electricity will be obtained from other Nordic wind farms. Guarantees of origin, issued for electricity produced from renewable energy sources, will ensure the electricity is generated by wind power.
Sponda’s sustainability programme objective is to achieve carbon neutrality for in-use energy consumption by 2030. The new wind power agreement supports Sponda’s goal of emission-free electricity supply, which is included in the company’s climate road map. Sponda is one of the first operators in the real estate sector to promote the construction of a new wind farm in Finland.
“As a renewable and emission-free energy, wind power plays an important role in the achievement of climate targets, in addition to contributing to domestic energy self-sufficiency. As a major operator in the real estate sector, we have the opportunity and a duty to support the work to mitigate climate change. The use of wind power also supports the achievement of our sustainability targets”, says Pirkko Airaksinen, Sustainability Manager at Sponda.
“It is great that together with Sponda, we can promote a carbon-neutral future. We want to offer our customers services that renew the energy sector. The Lakiakangas 3 wind farm is a good example of a solution in which customers can buy wind power also in larger shares of the power plant's production. The model is already in use when selling solar power; now we are also bringing it into wind power”, says Anu-Elina Hintsa, Director of Sales and Customer Service at Helen.
Sponda is a leading real estate asset management company in Finland specialising in owning, managing, developing and letting commercial properties in the largest cities across the country. With a focus on customer-oriented solutions and high-quality properties, Sponda is actively developing best practices in the sector, enhancing the cityscape and the environment in a sustainable way, and supporting its customers. www.sponda.fi
Helen Ltd provides easier and more streamlined everyday living for nearly 500,000 customers in Finland. In addition to heat, cooling and electricity, it offers solutions for regional and renewable energy, smart housing, and electric mobility. The company is developing a smarter carbon-neutral energy system that allows everyone to produce, use and save energy with respect for the environment. Helen’s target is to achieve 100% carbon neutrality in its energy production by 2035. Let’s join forces and make the possibilities of a new energy era a reality! www.helen.fi.
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