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by Property Forum | Career

Colliers Poland has launched a new Energy Advisory service designed to provide clients with comprehensive advice on optimizing their electricity purchasing processes, selecting renewable alternatives, and building energy independence using their own sources. The practice will be led by Dariusz Chrzanowski, an expert with 15 years of experience in the energy market.

The services the Energy Advisory team will undertake for property owners bridges three areas of activity: advisory on electricity purchases (energy care), creation of a long-term strategy for green energy purchasing, and sustainability, such as developing a decarbonization strategy with optimization of electricity consumption costs.

“The introduction of this new service builds on our belief in doing what’s right for our clients, people and communities. We know that in the rapidly changing energy sales market, a strategic view of ESG and an understanding of the new competencies are needed in order to achieve cost optimization and decarbonization goals as efficiently as possible,” said Agnieszka Krzekotowska, Senior Partner, Real Estate Management Services for Colliers Poland, and part of the new Energy Advisory team.

A host of factors have made energy one of the key challenges facing companies today. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused a disruption in energy supply chains. This has heavily influenced the price of electricity, which has risen an average of 3.5 times in Poland since Q4 2021.

“The current situation does not allow companies to complete long-term budget planning, make stable investments or develop reliable price lists. Consequently, we are regularly answering client queries on how to respond to these challenges,” explained Krzekotowska.

Furthermore, in January 2023, the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) came into effect, requiring approximately 50,000 companies across Europe to report their carbon footprint and reduce carbon emissions to 62% by 2030 in ETS-covered sectors (Emissions Trading System). Additionally, the reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) will see the commercial real estate industry become part of it from 2027.

“The EU’s decarbonization plans present another hurdle in addition to energy prices. The goal is to manage and minimize the consumption of energy in the process of erecting and operating a building. Exceeding acceptable standards will result in extra costs. Our in-house experts can help clients optimize electricity prices and take the first steps towards the production of energy to meet their own demands,” explained Dariusz Chrzanowski, Director of Energy Advisory for Colliers | Poland.

“As the pressure to decarbonize looms, clients will benefit from our enterprising and innovative thinking to deliver solutions based on their needs and energy consumption profile. Backed by our global real estate knowledge, we expect to help owners of buildings we manage, as well as many more companies looking to maximize asset value and make progress on their sustainability journey,” continued Chrzanowski.