The emission intensity of the yielding portfolio was 8.5 kg of CO₂e per m² of energy reference area (ERA) in 2021.
HIAG prefers to use public transport for business trips. In 2021, 69% of kilometres travelled were made by public transport.
HIAG and HIAG Solar jointly produced 3.2 GWh of renewable energy from hydroelectric and solar sources in 2021. That is equivalent to the annual consumption of 900 households.
The HIAG portfolio includes 32 hectares of valuable biodiversity areas. That is equivalent to the surface area of 45 football fields.
HIAG invests in team development. In 2021, HIAG employees validated approximately 1,040 training hours of continuing education.
HIAG plans for the future. In 2021, the share of Minergie-certified properties in the yielding portfolio was 13%.
In its annual report 2021, HIAG is publishing a sustainability report based on the GRI Standards for the first time. The GRI Standards provide maximum transparency with regard to the economic, environmental and social effects of business activities. The team was therefore reinforced with the addition of Andreas Kalberer as the dedicated sustainability specialist. Furthermore, the Board of Directors approved the sustainability strategy as part of the Strategy 2025. Dr. Felix Grisard, President of the Board of Directors, is currently responsible for sustainability on the Board of Directors as President of the Audit Committee. As CFO, Rico Müller is in charge of this topic on the Executive Board.
Decision taken to seek SNBS certification for Project CHAMA
HIAG plans to build the large-scale CHAMA project according to the Swiss Sustainable Building Standard (SNBS) and obtain certification. SNBS is a recognized seal of approval for buildings that documents the positive impact of a building on the environment, society and the economy. The CHAMA project, which comprises around 140 apartments and condominiums along with 3,000 m² of flexible-use office, service and retail space in the first phase, is another concrete step in the implementation of HIAG’s sustainability goals. Other projects that are part of the broad-based sustainability strategy are already being planned and will be built in the coming years.
Expansion of HIAG Solar
The joint venture launched at the beginning of 2021 with technology partner aventron shows that a commitment to sustainability can go hand in hand with eco nomic success. To date, four solar facilities with an output of over 1 MWp are in the grid. Another six facilities with a total of 2 MWp will be commissioned in the first and second quarters of 2022. The creation of another instalment of three facilities with 1.7 MWp is also planned for 2022. HIAG has now made a total of around 140,000 m² of roof surface area available and acts as a point-of-contact for customers at its sites; aventron takes care of the technology, installation and operation of the facilities. The objective is to achieve the highest possible degree of solar coverage by maximizing use of suitable roofs. HIAG is thus making an important contribution to the energy transition and supply security in Switzerland.
Upgrading of HIAG’s Pratteln site
The responsible authorities have officially declared the site to be free of chemicals. The dismantling work at the industrial site is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2022. Around 1,500 tonnes of hazardous waste and chemicals from the former industrial use were professionally disposed of in close cooperation with the cantonal authorities. The sale of a complete production plant including the building, which the buyer reconstructs and operates at the new location, contributed to the circular economy. Planning for a mixeduse, high-density central quarter is currently under way in close cooperation with stakeholders. The structure plan provides for up to 400 apartments, retail and office space for around 500 employees and publicly accessible garden and leisure areas. The new quarter at Pratteln railway station will significantly increase the value of the region.
Code of Conduct for Business Partners
The “Code of Conduct for Business Partners and their Subcontractors” of the HIAG Group was created to implement a conscientious and customer-oriented procurement policy. It is meant to involve suppliers and subcontractors in HIAG’s environmental and social responsibility initiatives so that HIAG can offer its tenants products that have been fairly produced. The Code of Conduct for Business Partners supplements the Employee Code of Conduct. It is based on the guiding principle of HIAG’s sustainability strategy, according to which the highest standards of social responsibility, environmental management, governance, health, safety, equality, diversity and integration must be adhered to. Suppliers are required to uphold these standards to prevent negative environmental effects and to promote fair working conditions and implement these with subcontractors.