As Europe's largest industrial real estate developer, Panattoni is committed to designing and operating facilities that meet the most stringent green certification requirements.
The importance of ESG in the construction industry has also increased over the last few years, and this is further enhanced by the challenges of the current economic environment. The main objective of Panattoni's carbon neutral efforts beside to set an example for all members in the sector is to create positive long-term impact. In Europe alone, nearly 9 million square metres of certified sustainable land have been delivered to date with a further 6 million square metres under preparation. As part of the sustainability strategy, "Go Earthwise with Panattoni", which launched in 2021, takes a new approach to investment: taking into account the environment, workers and local communities.
„For us, it is crucial that we strive to exceed the legal requirements in every country. For example, 95 percent of our developments in France, Italy and Germany are located on brownfield sites, and we also place great emphasis on using as many sustainable materials as possible in our buildings. However, regulations and local market needs vary from country to country, so our main goal is to bring all our developments up to the same standard and to create a new approach across Europe" – says László Kemenes, Managing Director of Panattoni Hungary.
Green developments are increasing
In the sector investment will inevitably involve large areas, which is why energy modelling and the idea of a circular economy are crucial for Panattoni in the planning phase. In addition to careful planning, exploiting the potential of technology can also help climate efforts. Improving energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption is a priority for Panattoni's buildings - LED lighting powered by dynamic control systems can significantly reduce consumption. Saving of water resources is also important. More conscious use of rainwater and greywater and no flush toilets will contribute to the sustainability of water management in the area.
Today, one of the most widely used building rating method in the world is BREEAM, which involves assessing the environmental sustainability of a building and the well-being of its occupants. Users of Panattoni facilities certified under this scheme could reduce their energy consumption by up to 60 percent. Several projects in the surrounding countries have already been built with BREEAM Very Good or higher certification. In Hungary, Panattoni City Dock Törökbálint will be the first last mile logistics park to achieve BREEAM Excellent certification.
„Part of our green development strategy is to ensure a pleasant atmosphere. Tenants also have needs that are linked to the well-being of employees. Access to the area, recreational opportunities and the creation of a pleasant environment and well-being can all be factors. Finding the transition between wellbeing and positive environmental impact is a lot of challenge, but at Panattoni we strive to create biodiversity in our developments” – explains Mariann Tóth, Leasing Director of Panattoni Hungary.