Sep 5, 2023
Customer story: Regio
“SustainLab has been a huge help to our sustainability and digitalization efforts.”
With sustainability at the core of its long-term competitiveness strategy, real estate company Regio sought a reliable system to track data and monitor progress. Their partnership with SustainLab proved instrumental in streamlining data management, boosting digitalization efforts, and envisioning technologies to continue their sustainability initiatives.
Fastighets AB Regio is a Swedish real estate company owned by the Third Swedish National Pension Fund and Brunswick Real Estate. Since its founding in 2015, the company has prioritized sustainability as a responsibility to future generations and a critical element of its long-term competitiveness strategy. Initially focusing on energy reduction, Regio has since expanded its efforts to various other aspects, including reducing carbon emissions, adapting to climate change, and promoting social sustainability.
As part of their journey towards business transformation, Regio recognized the need for a reliable and efficient system to track their data and monitor sustainability progress – which they found with SustainLab. Simon Iaffa Nylén, Head of Sustainability at Regio and Sustainability Manager at Brunswick Real Estate, explains:
“We looked at different systems on the market, but SustainLab's product was unique. They were genuinely interested in product development and were aligned with our vision for the future. Their continuous product improvements and new features help us reach our sustainability goals.”
A dynamic partnership
Regio has been working closely with SustainLab since 2020, initially aiming to compile all their data inputs, excel files, and KPIs in one place. But as SustainLab has continued to evolve, Regio discovered they could do much more.
“We're currently using SustainLab to calculate, visualize, and analyze our annual carbon footprint. Our partnership with SustainLab has been a huge help to our sustainability efforts, especially when it comes to data management. It's made the processes more efficient and accurate, which has been great for us.”
Before working with SustainLab, Regio faced challenges in manually collecting and analyzing data using Excel. It was time-consuming and inefficient. With SustainLab's cloud-based platform, they can now easily collect and analyze data, saving time, improving data accuracy, and enhancing digitalization efforts.
"Many of those who fill in the data are our property managers, so I see this as a journey in their knowledge development on both sustainability and digitalization as well. Digitalization in the real estate industry is not the fastest, so this is a good way to increase the level of maturity in digitalization,” Simon says, adding:
“We actually sent out a survey to our property managers to ask their opinion on SustainLab, and the majority had a positive experience. They found it easy to use and to fill in data, which was very encouraging.”
Going forward, Regio is committed to making more informed and effective sustainability decisions with the help of SustainLab's continued efforts and innovation.
“As a leader in the area of sustainability, you must be able to demonstrate your progress and measure performance in relation to communicated targets."
“We always try to be at the forefront of sustainability, and with the digitalization of climate reporting not yet being a standard practice, we feel like we’re setting new standards,” Simon says.
SustainLab has played a crucial role in driving Regio's digitalization efforts towards sustainability. Looking ahead, Simon is determined to build on this success by deepening the partnership with SustainLab, thereby advancing and refining Regio’s sustainability initiatives even further.
“We're currently focused on improving our data collection methods to ensure accuracy, meaningful structuring, and effective visualization. But our vision for SustainLab is to gain even deeper insights into our sustainability efforts. With this kind of collaboration, we believe we can generate even greater value for our residents, the company, and society at large.”