Lippulaiva is setting an example when it comes to local energy production. Hidden under our building is Europe’s largest geothermal and cooling plant, which produces almost all the heating and cooling energy required by the centre, carbon-free. In total, there are as many as 51 kilometres of geothermal heating wells under Lippulaiva. Thanks to the geothermal solution, there is no need to install condensers on the roof of Lippulaiva either. Instead of condensers, 3,500m² of green roofs and 2,400m² of solar panels will be installed on the roof.
Our smart electrical system combines electricity needs, solar panels and our very own electricity storage facility. The system's task is to sniff out when peaks in electricity demand can be avoided and when electricity can be stored. This will allow Lippulaiva to become a zero-energy building. Located on the roof in an area of 2500m², solar panels generate electrical energy with the power of the sun for both the lifts, escalators and lighting of the centre. Now that’s powerful.
Our numerous parking areas and charging points for electric cars and bikes contribute to the development of electric mobility throughout the Suur-Espoonlahti area. We have 250 charging stations for electric and hybrid cars for visitors. Traditional cycling is even more ecological than electric cycling and 1500 spots are reserved for bikes. The metro station and bus terminal are also located in the centre, so you can leave your car at home and enjoy the ride.
“Lippulaiva’s smart energy systems are not only environmentally friendly but also economically very sensible investments. We are therefore looking forward to Lippulaiva’s in-use measurement of data. Of course, not everything may work in an optimal way right away, but a smart system will learn and increase the energy efficiency of the building.”
Risto Seppo, Citycon’s Director of Real Estate Development
Social responsibility was at the forefront of our minds right from the construction phase of this development. We have worked closely with the local community and Espoo library department to ensure families from the area have a voice. Together with Espoonlahti high school students, Lippulaiva and other shopping centres of the future are being devised. Experts in various fields also teach young people about the sustainable solutions in terms of both energy and mobility. In addition, the involvement, influence and responsibility of young people who spend a lot of time in shopping centres has been developed with the Youth Service Association.
Thanks to sustainable energy solutions, Lippulaiva has become part of the EU’s sustainable energy positive and zero carbon communities (SPARCS) project, which promotes energy efficiency and electronic mobility in cities. The five-year project involves 31 partners across Europe. Of these, the City of Espoo, together with Leipzig in Germany, has been selected as the lighthouse of the project i.e. the site where the most sustainable solutions are implemented. The SPARCS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme undering funding agreement No 864242.
Lippulaiva will be subject to an environmental assessment in accordance with the LEED certification system, the aim of which is a LEED Gold level environmental certificate. We are clear on our mission and responsibility, and want you to feel assured too.
Citycon’s shopping malls are urban meeting places close to people’s homes and workplaces with good public transport connections. At Citycon, we believe that responsible operations are the key to creating long-term added value. We are committed to sustainable development, strict ethical principles and the support of the surrounding community in all our activities. Citycon implemented a responsibility strategy in 2018, which defines clear and justified responsibility priorities. Our four priority areas are carbon neutrality, accessibility, comfort and excellent practical implementation. Lippulaiva is a prime example of the practical implementation of our responsibility strategy. One of the goals of Citycon’s sustainability strategy is to be carbon neutral by 2030.