Environment

Real estate - more energy with a new green element

Our properties, which we manage as asset managers, have already been converted to a sustainable energy supply (electricity and heat) as far as possible. For example, if a customer has an upcoming roof renovation, we bring about the energy-related and ecological optimisation by building an extensive green roof.

So far in 2020, we have converted a total of 78,080 kWh to green electricity in our properties. At 421 g CO2/kWh (German electricity mix – as of 2018), this corresponds to an annual saving of 32.9 t CO2.

In the case of natural gas, we have so far offset the CO2 emissions for a total consumption of 581,304 kWh in 2020. This corresponds to an annual saving of 145.9 t CO2 at 251 g CO2/kWh (GEMIS factor).

In the case of our leasing portfolios, we make our know-how available in a targeted manner, so that the user (lessee) can make a sound decision about which building optimisations are made.

 

Real estate - identifying potential

New properties that we purchase for our investments are subjected to an audit process. In addition to the usual due diligence, an extended purchase check is carried out under ESG criteria. 

The LHI-ESG criteria catalogue was developed on the basis of marketable certification systems such as DGNB, LEED, BREEAM or the ZIA Sustainability Guide. This audit covers, among other things, energy efficiency, water consumption, CO2 emissions, building materials, building equipment, operating costs, tenant comfort and connectivity.

In the future, however, further thermal insulation alone will not be enough. Instead, it is important to manage buildings smartly in the future, to take advantage of the opportunities offered by digitalisation and to participate in networked neighbourhoods, having dissociated ourselves from the “single property” way of thinking.

Renewable energies - the best way

Safeguarding our energy supply in the long term and above all in a sustainable manner is a central issue, especially for all industrial societies.

LHI has so far focused on solar and wind power in the renewable energies asset class. In the future, investments in hydropower plants, which are characterised by very long lifecycles, are also planned. It is important to us that any impact on nature, for example as the result of the accumulation of water or a riverbed being modified, is kept to a minimum.

Renewable energies – responsible all along the line

For renewable energies, sustainability also means not only making use of resources, but also ensuring that they are handled responsibly after the areas have been used. The dismantling of the parks, the restoration of the leased areas and the proper disposal of components at the end of the contractual term is a matter of course for us.

The next step will involve addressing the issue of how to store energy. As soon as storage technologies are available on an industrial scale, we intend to invest in them.

Aviation - useful and helpful

At first glance, one might think that sustainability and the aviation market are not a good fit. But that is not the case. Air transport is indispensable for the transport of freight and in the medical field, and passenger transport also has its legitimate place and brings people closer together worldwide. What is important is using the resources wisely and taking advantage of modern and innovative technology.

Aviation - achieving more with new technology

Thanks to LHI's financing solutions, new aircraft, engines and helicopters that emit significantly less CO2 and reduce their kerosene consumption can now be used. For example, we make sure that for new, proprietary products, we only invest in engines that are technologically capable of burning CO2-neutral synthetic fuel. We already nailed this requirement when we invested in two brand new A 220-300 aircraft and an AH 145 helicopter. In addition to new aircraft, the further development of engines also contributes to a more sustainable aviation market.

Aviation - using raw materials and conserving resources

The issue of recycling in the aviation industry is rapidly gaining in importance. A host of high-quality materials are installed in aircraft. By recovering these materials, such as aluminium, titanium and steel, important raw materials can be processed further. In the case of a new acquisition, we therefore take care that we contractually ensure what is known as a "back-to-birth-trace", in other words, a traceability option in the documentation for each individual component. We already nailed this requirement when we invested in two brand new A 220-300 aircraft and an AH 145 helicopter.

Working environment - clever technology for the environment

The LHI headquarters in Pullach has been awarded the DGNB platinum certificate. In terms of ecological quality, the building achieved a result of 96.5%. For example, we only use certified green electricity. Ventilation via geothermal heat exchangers (GHE) can be used in an energy-efficient manner for heating in winter and cooling in summer. Energy-saving LEDs are used as lamps.

All flat roofs are designed as green roofs.

Working environment - lived sustainability

No environmentally harmful pesticides or the like are used in the maintenance of our outdoor facilities. Our food suppliers are certified according to IFS, TÜV SÜD, SGS Organic Austria or the German Accreditation Body DAkkS and are members of the Association for Organic Farming and Healthy Nutrition (registered association).

Our employees can charge their electric vehicles during their working hours. We are happy to pass on the attractive electricity price of the green energy we buy, which is made of 100% hydropower.