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by Property Forum | Office

Ghelamco has become a member of the Partnership for Climate program initiated by the City of Warsaw.

The goal of the platform is to conduct comprehensive, innovative educational and promotional activities related to climate change issues. The Partnership for Climate program is based on the cooperation of a group of about 60 partners: public institutions, non-governmental organizations and businesses for which environmental protection is a priority area of their operational strategies.

“As a market leader, as part of our ESG strategy, we are taking a number of specific measures to care for the environment. We want to share this experience with representatives of different organizations for the common goal of climate protection. We are joining the program of the City of Warsaw knowing that by acting together we can do more and inspire one another,” says Jarosław Zagórski, Managing Director, Ghelamco Poland.

Among other things, the platform organizes conferences, debates or exhibitions to support the City of Warsaw in raising public awareness of climate protection. The main areas of focus include energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, and the promotion of green lifestyles.

Ghelamco has become the first developer in Poland to build its own photovoltaic farms with a total capacity of 10 MW. As part of its ESG strategy, the company aims to power its projects and office spaces with clean energy from renewable sources. Ghelamco plans to achieve energy neutrality by 2025. Ultimately, the developer will build 11 photovoltaic systems in the first phase of the project, of which three have already been completed and more are under construction.

The first building powered fully by clean energy will be the more than 200-meter-high Warsaw UNIT. Thanks to this, CO2 emissions throughout the building’s lifecycle will be reduced by more than 50 percent, and in terms of consumption of utilities by as much as over 70 per cent. Thanks to the use of 40,000 sensors and 800 meters as part of the Building Energy Management System, Warsaw UNIT’s average energy consumption is already nearly 30 percent lower than that of comparable office buildings in its class.