OP Property Management achieved the energy savings targets of facilities ahead of schedule

Energy efficiency agreements are an important part of Finland’s energy and climate strategy, and an excellent way of promoting efficient energy use in Finland.

Along with many other responsible property owners, OP Property Management has joined the action plan of RAKLI (the Finnish Association of Building Owners and Construction Clients) aiming to increase energy efficiency in business properties. The action plan’s shared guideline energy savings target (GWh) for 2017–2025 is 7.5 percent for 2025, and the intermediate target is 4 percent in 2020, calculated from the energy use of the member entities in the action plan’s target group.

OP Property Management reached its energy savings target, 7.5 percent, ahead of schedule. The energy efficiency agreement period will end in 2025, but it only took two years until consistent work brought about results. 

- We were not trying to achieve results this fast. They were a pleasant surprise, a ‘thanks’, if you will, for our long-term work towards increasing energy efficiency, Property Manager Matti Puromäki from OP Property Management explains. 

Responsible property ownership is OP’s rule of thumb, and OP has worked for energy efficiency for a long time. 

- Achieving the result has required that we invest in new technology and energy production, and it is proof that we have truly wanted to put effort into energy efficiency, Puromäki reminds.

The properties have made significant investments in renewable energy. For example, all three Pohjola Hospitals, managed by OP Property Management, have solar panels on their roofs. There are also a total of 15 solar power stations along with eight properties with terrestrial heating. In addition, machines and equipment that consume less energy have been selected for properties where repairs are made.

- This work is never ending. Sometimes it involves small decisions when renewing computers, other times large investments when building new properties. However, the key is to build and maintain properties responsibly and energy-efficiently, Puromäki sums up.