Towards a fossil fuel-free future

AF Bostäder reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by almost 80 % in the period 2016–2017. A contributing factor is the change to renewable electricity in the properties– an initiative suggested by a proactive tenant.

“AF Bostäder has a target to be 100 % fossil fuel-free by 2020,” says Klara Svensson, Sustainabilty Coordinator at AF Bostäder. “That’s why we have begun to calculate the carbon dioxide emissions of our company vehicles, heating, electricity, water and bought-in transport services. For most of the student housing, electricity is included in the rent and is purchased centrally in one and the same contract. A tenant got in touch to ask if the electricity in her rental agreement was renewable, and this set the ball rolling. The result is that from 1 January 2017, AF Bostäder has only purchased 100 % green electricity.”

“The residual mix in our prior electricity contract consisted mainly of nuclear power and fossil fuel, which resulted in emissions of 2 500 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2 e) in 2016,” says Klara Svensson. “We checked the price difference and it was not an obstacle, so we could immediately switch to green electricity. Now, the electricity we use in our operations and in the majority of our properties is completely sourced from hydro-electric power.”

AF Bostäder’s service vehicles run on electricity or gas. From 1 January 2017, the company’s gas- driven vehicles have run solely on sustainable biogas.

“Traditional gas for vehicles is a mixture of fossil natural gas and biogas. Using biogas as a fuel, there is an estimated reduction of 80–90 % in particle emissions that are harmful to health and the environment, compared with petrol and diesel. Since the start of 2017, we have only used 100 % biogas as fuel in our gas-driven vehicles, which is a welcome improvement,” comments Klara Svensson

Klara Svensson
Sustainability coordinator
klara.svensson@afbostader.se

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New valves ensure more consistent heating

In 2018, AF Bostäder carried out improvements on the indoor climate at four properties. All regulating valves and thermostatic valves were replaced, and tenants now have a more consistent indoor temperature.

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Business ethics guidelines provide increased clarity

AF Bostäder has a zero tolerance policy towards all forms of corruption. Preventive work is important and therefore new guidelines for business ethics were adopted in January 2018.

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Up to 85% of tenants’ residual waste is incorrectly sorted

An analysis of spot checks in randomly selected housing areas shows that between 70–85% of tenants’ residual waste, mainly food waste, is wrongly thrown away – and could have been recycled.

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Greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 89% since 2016

For the second year in succession, AF Bostäder reduced its greenhouse gas emissions – down by 89% since 2016. The reduced climate impact is mainly due to switching to renewable district heating and electricity.

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Detergent-free laundry rooms, the year’s cleanest news

AF Bostäder opened two new laundry rooms at Vildanden, where the tenants can wash their clothes using only cold water. The new technology reduces both energy consumption and the spread of chemicals.

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Good response to new films on recycling

Resource usage is an area in which AF Bostäder has considerable possibilities to make a positive impact. The target is that 50 % of total waste is to be sorted.

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AF Bostäder’s first Sustainability Report (2017) is here

AF Bostäder has long been involved in active environmental management. During 2016, we began to widening the perspective further and started to report on the activities in a Sustainability Report.

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Almost half of total waste is sorted – and the percentage will increase

Resource usage is an area in which AF Bostäder has considerable possibilities to make a positive impact. Using smart and efficient solutions, AF Bostäder creates good conditions for waste sorting and recycling.

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Setting high aims for lower energy consumption

AF Bostäder works intensively to reduce energy consumption. The focus is on properties built before 2009 and the aim is a 15 % reduction in energy consumption among the older properties in the portfolio by 2019.

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Sponsor project for young migrants

In the autumn of 2017, ten of AF Bostäder’s corridors and over 50 tenants took part in a social project in cooperation with the pro-inclusion association Föreningen Hållihopp in Lund.

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Don't waste the waste!

When AF Bostäder realized that the cartakers spent about 2-3 full-time posts per year to keep track of the waste stations, the information campaign "Do not waste the waste" was born.

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Congratulations Bokompakt - Solar System of the Year 2015!

AF Bostäder and Bokompakt have been awarded the "Skåne Solar Award 2015" in the "Solar Cells of the Year" class.

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A Swedish Classic? No, a Lund Classic!

If your employees are doing well, then AF Bostäder are doing well! That's why AF Bostäder invests heavily in wellness, happiness and fellowship

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Halved heat consumption

We continue to optimize energy use in the older property portfolio. That's why we installed our first geothermal plant at Kämnärsrätten - and halved the property's heat consumption.