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Material efficiency

Material efficiency is part of Sponda's comprehensive approach to environmental responsibility. Sponda’s efforts in the area of material efficiency are particularly focused on waste sorting and providing instructions for waste sorting.

Why is this a priority?

In 2008, the Finnish Government approved a national waste plan aimed at reducing waste generation and achieving a reduction in the total annual volume of municipal waste by 2016. The objective of the plan is to have less than 20 per cent of municipal waste end up in landfill sites, with the remaining 80 per cent recycled or used for energy generation. Sponda aims to contribute to the overall effort to reach the goals of the national waste plan through its own operations.

Material efficiency in Sponda

The key aspects of the priority:

  • the sorting and recycling of property waste
  • improving efficiency in material use, also in purchasing
  • producing services with fewer material inputs and lower environmental effects

While the appropriate sorting of waste is the responsibility of the users of properties, Sponda aims to facilitate convenient and effective sorting of waste at its properties through its own operations and by ensuring that the necessary waste sorting facilities are in place. The company arranges for post-sorting waste management at its properties, unless otherwise agreed with tenants. Sponda guides the users of its properties in waste recycling and sorting as well as in the reduction of waste volume.

Reducing the volume of waste generation is an integral aspect of material efficiency. Sponda's construction and renovation projects take this aspect into account by incorporating flexible and adaptable spatial solutions in building design. This reduces the need for subsequent alterations that produce further construction waste.

In the construction phase of new buildings and major renovation projects, the company has adopted on-site waste management guidelines according to the international LEED® and BREEAM® certification systems in order to reduce the volume of waste requiring disposal. In all construction and renovation projects and in the daily use of the company's properties, the aim is to minimise the volume of waste ending up at landfill sites by ensuring the appropriate sorting and recycling of waste

In addition to the waste sorting and providing instructions for sorting Sponda will focus increasingly on reducing the volume of waste as well as producing services with fewer material inputs and lower environmental impact.

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Objectives for 2011

  • The total waste volume will decrease and the monitoring will improve

Measures taken in 2011

In 2011, Sponda paid particular attention to waste sorting and recycling as well as monitoring the volume of waste. Sponda aims to ensure that tenants have appropriate waste sorting facilities at their disposal. The company has also made waste sorting instructions available to customers on its extranet services and offers building-specific guidance at certain properties.

Sponda encourages its customers to waste sorting and recycling also with its Environmental Partner Programme, which aims to reduce the environmental load resulting from the use of properties. The partnership was started in 2011 among others with Kesko in Ruoholahti shopping centre, Elisa, Nordea Bank Finland Plc, the city of Espoo, Evli Bank Plc, National Board of Patents and Registration in Finland and the Cancer Society of Finland.

In 2011, Sponda improved its reporting of waste volumes in cooperation with subcontractors. More comprehensive reporting enables the company to better communicate with the users of its properties on the volume and type of waste generated. Sponda's total waste volume in 2011 was 5,610 tonnes, of which 2,371 was mixed waste. The volume of mixed waste will be further reduced by improving waste sorting.

Sponda improved waste recycling at its properties in the beginning of 2012 by signing a cooperation agreement with Lassila & Tikanoja. The new cooperation agreement is expected to reduce total carbon dioxide emissions from properties owned by Sponda by some 300 tonnes per month and increase the recycling ratio to approximately 90 per cent. It is further estimated that the volume of waste ending up at landfill sites will decline to one tenth of current levels.

Objectives for 2012

  • Environmental partnerships with clients will be increased
  • Sponda's properties in Finland: recycling ratio of waste increased to over 70 per cent

Key figures

Waste volume report
 
Sponda Plc and Sponda Kiinteistöt Oy in total 2011 (Tons) 2010 (Tons)
Mixed waste 2,371.0 2,096.5
Biowaste 493.2 307.7
Energy waste 304.4 262.3
Waste paper 736.0 595.5
Waste office paper 86.0 183.5
Retail and industrial packaging 299.5 435.7
Paperboard 891.7 558.1
Cardboard 120.5 97.1
Recyclable waste 147.6  
Other waste    
     Wood 16.8 30.5
     Glass 60.8 15.7
     Metal 34.1 13.6
     Plastic 0.9 1.0
     Construction waste 7.7 9.5
     Data security 1.7 3.8
     Hazardous waste  7.0  
     Other waste 31.2 0.6
Total 5,610.0 4,611.1
     
Number of sites 127 126
All sites 203 200
Partially owned or cold leased properties 72 74

Sponda-owned properties where the property owner is responsible for waste management is included in the calculation.
The company responsible for property maintenance has collected the information on a centralised basis from waste management service providers.