The Mutual Pension Insurance Company, Varma, owns the Elisa head office, where the completed energy overhaul will reduce energy use and carbon footprint of the property by roughly 40 percent.

The condensate heat from the data centre located in the basement of the head office is directed into the building’s heating and air conditioning system. In this way the heat produced reduces the demand for district heating and cooling energy. At the same time, the costs of both the property owner and the property user are reduced.

Elisa’s head office will save roughly 250 tonnes of CO2 per year, which is approximately equal to the yearly output of 1000 solar panels or the ability to compensate for the emissions of over 2000 return flights to Stockholm.

Varma’s goal is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its properties by 20 per cent by 2025. In addition, Varma has committed to a 10 per cent energy-saving goal between 2017 and 2025. The company placed fifth in last year’s international AODP comparison, where the 100 largest pension insurance companies were assessed on their readiness for climate change.