A campus geared for sustainable development
We operate and develop our campus and our other sites in line with the principles of sustainable development. The key environmental impacts of the campus are related to energy consumption, transport and recycling, and we work actively to develop the energy efficiency of our existing property portfolio and to reduce energy consumption in our campuses.
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 (Aalto CRE), which manages Aalto's properties, makes an effort to produce its own energy in an environmentally-friendly manner. Aalto CRE 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 71 real estate sector companies have already signed (17 June 2019). 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 (Otakaari 24) geothermal pumps and the solar panels and geothermal pumps under Väre building (Otaniementie 14) and School of Business building (Ekonominaukio 1). For more information on energy efficiency agreements please see the Motiva website.
Energy self-sufficient Otaniemi 2030
The goal of the Energy Self-Sufficient Otaniemi 2030 project is to make the Otaniemi campus energy self-sufficient by 2030. An energy self-sufficient campus requires a comprehensive campus-wide energy system, in which the production, transfer, distribution, storage and consumption of energy support one another. It is essential that consumption can be reduced to reach this goal.
The aim of the project is to define the technical and financial conditions and guidelines for building a comprehensive campus-wide energy system. Energy self-sufficiency ensures, above all, the cost-efficiency of Aalto CRE's energy procurement in the long term. The project will be carried out in phases.
The reference point for the goal set is year 2014 when the Energy Self-Sufficient Otaniemi 2030 project was launched. At the time, nearly all energy consumed in the buildings located on campus and owned by Aalto was produced outside Otaniemi, with Otaniemi having only small-scale production.
Most of the Aalto CRE buildings have been built in the 1960s. The energy efficiency of these buildings can be improved and the functionality of their facilities can be enhanced to correspond to current requirements through renovations.
Energy consumption and production on campus
Building a sustainable campus
The main goals of these lobby screens were to more easily communicate information about modification, repair and maintenance projects in buildings
The Maarintie 8 building located in Otaniemi houses, among others, the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation.
The core impact of our operations is related to high-quality teaching and education, enabling solutions for pressing sustainability challenges. Developing a sustainable campus is also a key part of our strategy.
Understood through all its dimensions - ecological, social, economic and cultural - we are committed to carrying out our activities in a sustainable manner. For example, we work actively to develop the energy efficiency of our property portfolio and to reduce energy consumption in our campuses.