A campus geared for sustainable development

The key environmental impacts of campuses are related to energy consumption, transport and recycling. A campus operating in line with the principles of sustainable development is a key part of the University's campus strategy.
Aalto-yliopisto/Otaniemi sydän/Image: Isohanni Kiuru

Aalto University campuses actively work to develop the energy efficiency of their present building base and to decrease energy consumption. Aalto University Campus & Real Estate, which manages Aalto University Properties Ltd. makes an effort to produce its own energy in an environmentally-friendly manner. The property company is responsible for approximately 75 percent of the facilities used by the university. The objective is to achieve a energy self-sufficient Otaniemi by 2030.

Energy efficiency agreements create concrete targets and incentives for energy savings

Aalto CRE is committed to reducing campus energy consumption by 2015 to 10.5% of what it was in 2014. The targets are defined in the national energy efficiency agreement for facilities (TETS), which 38 real estate sector companies have already signed. The TETS energy efficiency agreement is a part of Finland’s comprehensive package of voluntary energy efficiency agreements, which aim to make it possible for Finland to achieve the energy savings targets set for it. 

The intermediate target is a drop of 7% by 2020. This target aims to ensure as great an energy impact as possible early on. The consumption figures for 2014 were 36,155 MWh electricity, 50,465 MWh heat and 150,038 m3 water. The largest implemented renewable energy projects are Dipoli’s geothermal pumps, as well as the solar panels on the roofs of Maarintie 8 and the Computer Science building. For more information on energy efficiency agreements please see the Motiva website.