Panattoni has stepped up its sustainability activities in recent years. The 'Go Earthwise with Panattoni' concept is a new standard for developer's investments: friendly to the environment, employees and local communities. Thanks to its comprehensive ESG strategy, Panattoni won an award in the Prime Property Prize category debuting this year.
As Emilia Dębowska, Sustainability Director at Panattoni, comments: 'This award is a great honour, and we also congratulate the other companies that entered this category - it is essential that leading companies consistently follow the sustainable path. We take sustainability very broadly: it is not only at the heart of our 'Go Earthwise with Panattoni' strategy but also applies to every aspect of our business. In minimising the impacts of our operations, we go well beyond the legal requirements. In addition, we act for the benefit of local communities by expanding road infrastructure in the cities where we operate, supporting access to education or supporting culture and the arts."
Towards excellence: Panattoni is constantly raising the standard of its investments, which are currently undergoing BREEAM certification at the Excellent level. Among other things, this means focusing on the well-being of facility users, including facilities for the disabled. In addition to increased daylight, office spaces are tested for acoustics and undergo thermal comfort analysis. For each new development, an air quality plan is prepared and a mechanical ventilation system is designed to minimise the concentration and recirculation of pollutants.
Panattoni has also extended the range of ecological solutions throughout the investment process, especially during construction, which has resulted, among other things, in a reduction in CO2 from transport, and additionally uses an EPD (Environmental Product Declaration). The carbon footprint reduction is supported by each life-cycle analysis of the designed facility before construction.
In terms of the environment, Panattoni's most crucial task is to achieve zero emissions. Achieving climate neutrality in all investments is planned for 2025. To this end, the developer is, among other things, powering its facilities on a massive scale with green certificates. In 2021, 250,000 MWh powered 3 million sq m, and in 2022 the company plans to reach 312,000 MWh, reducing CO2 emissions by 160,000 tonnes. In addition, the developer recently completed the first zero-emission plant in the Danfoss portfolio, which was delivered in Grodzisk Mazowiecki.
Panattoni has also raised the standard of solutions to reduce the consumption of potable water through leak detection systems, watertight fittings, rainwater installations and the further creation of green areas with native vegetation featuring flower meadows that do not require frequent watering.
For the community. The developer is also actively working for the benefit of local communities. For example, the company has financed the renovation of wards in hospitals and health centres (e.g. in Gdańsk), or equipped a Sensory Integration room in one of the primary schools in Warcz. Panattoni also assists local and international NGOs. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the developer has helped medics and supplied medical facilities with the necessary equipment. In the face of the ongoing conflict in the east, the company has made vacant industrial space available to Ukrainian companies, allowing resources to be relocated. The company is also a sponsor of two football academies - the Lukasz Piszczek BVB and Widzew Łódź. In addition, through its involvement in sports, its employees support organisations such as UNICEF and the Curie Institute.