With an array of measures, we are set to minimise energy requirements in our portfolio and use as few CO2-intensive energy carriers as possible for our unavoidable energy demand. Our goal: to reduce CO2 intensity from its current level of 33 kg CO2e per sqm to less than 12 kg CO2e per sqm by 2040. This value corresponds to the definitive target corridor for a near-climate-neutral housing portfolio defined by initiatives such as Initiative Wohnen 2050 (IW.2050).
A strong starting point
Deutsche Wohnen already began modernising building material and heat generation facilities, using thermal power stations and switching to more eco-friendly energy sources many years ago. Around 90% of general energy requirements in the rented portfolio are covered by certified power generated from 100% hydropower. This means that by comparison across the industry, we already have an eco-friendly portfolio.
In the coming years, we will advance the expansion of decentralised heating supply with thermal power stations and the use of renewable energies. The installation of solar panel systems on our rooftops will gradually supply the neighbourhoods with renewable power. The new construction of eco-friendly property, home automation and smart use of heating management will also contribute to meeting our climate-neutral target. Overall, we have identified five definitive areas for action with which we wish to bring our portfolio toward climate neutrality.
One target – 5 measures
We're investing in energy sector coupling of decentralised heat generation and efficient combined heat and power generation, regenerative power generation and charging infrastructure for e-mobility.
We’re refurbishing our portfolio according to energy efficiency and thus helping improve our portfolio’s carbon footprint.
With a continually growing proportion of district heating, we are reducing the primary energy factor of our end energy consumption significantly, thereby expanding our eco-friendly heating supply.
A key focus of investment is resource-saving new construction for our portfolio with high energy-related standards, based on the Gold standard under the DGNB certification system. We are aiming for the KfW55 standard, which is associated with 20% lower energy requirements, as measured by the current applicable German Energy Saving Ordinance [Energieeinsparverordnung - EnEV].
We’re helping our tenants save energy through automated consumption management and helping them be more eco-friendly with smart home solutions.
Together with our tenants
We want to bring affordable housing and eco-friendly buildings into balance with each other and affirm our promise that no one will lose their home due to energy-related refurbishment.Learn more