Sustainability

The heart of HIAG's business model is the long-term development of the properties in its own portfolio. Due to the use and conversion of existing building fabric, our business model is sustainable per se, as we thereby make an important contribution to the circular economy and create space for the development of people and companies with the development of new destinations. As part of our site and development strategy, we consistently take into account the technological possibilities for realising energy-efficient buildings and are expanding our production capacities for renewable energies in a targeted manner.

Photovoltaics

Many existing and planned properties in HIAG's portfolio are predestined for expansion with photovoltaic systems for local use. In order to systematically exploit this great potential, HIAG has founded the joint venture HIAG Solar with aventron, which specialises in the production of electricity from renewable energies. The aim of the cooperation is to develop HIAG Solar into a significant solar power producer with a planned module area of around 65,000 m2 and an output of around 10 MWp. To this end, the photovoltaic capacities on HIAG's sites will be continuously expanded. The first four plants will gradually start producing electricity by 2022. More are in the planning stage.

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Hydroelectric power

Some of HIAG's sites are located along rivers and have power plants that were important energy suppliers for the former industrial companies. Due to their integration into the site structures, we have gradually taken over the operation and maintenance of the plants ourselves and have repaired and modernised the power plants in recent years. Today, they are once again used to produce electricity. In 2020, five small hydropower plants with an installed capacity of about 2 MW generated a total of about 5,500,0001) kWh of electricity from renewable sources, which corresponds to the average annual demand of about 1,400 homes.


1) Due to maintenance work, the power plants in Biberist and Diesbach were shut down for three and two months respectively in 2020.

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Innovation

Every step of real estate development offers room for innovation, from the acquisition to site development, operation, portfolio and asset management and finally the sale. This is the case on both the technical as well as the social and environmental level. An example of this is the “Hive Innovation Lab” in Meyrin: using a concept developed jointly by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HIAG, it has created a flexible and interconnected ecosystem that offers start-ups attractive space for interdisciplinary cooperation and innovation.

Quality in architecture and urban planning

HIAG places value on urban planning and architectural quality when developing its sites, and particularly for parks, where a unique biodiversity can develop. They are part of urban planning, as high-quality living space is created around these parks. A habitat with its own flora and fauna was created at “The Hive” campus in Meyrin, for example. Around 70 kg of honey are produced annually from five beehives.

UN sustainable development goals

The United Nations set forth 17 sustainable development goals in its 2030 agenda, which can be recognised in many of our developments. That way, HIAG’s sites can become the centre of meaningful entrepreneurial initiatives. In particular, the goals of “Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure”, “Sustainable Cities and Communities” and “Responsible Consumption and Production” are at the heart of our understanding of site development.

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The following HIAG sites pursue the UN sustainable development goals:

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