One of Finland’s best-known and most traditional shopping centres, Forum in Helsinki, started using district cooling in October 2012.
District cooling reduces carbon dioxide emissions in the city centre
Forum aims to promote city centre services whilst also taking the climate change into account with responsible infrastructure solutions. The transfer to district cooling was carried out effortlessly in connection with the shopping centre’s expansion project.
Forum considered it important that district cooling mainly involves seawater and other otherwise unutilised renewable energy sources, instead of cooling agents which are detrimental to the climate. Choosing district cooling as the cooling solution is the most efficient way to reduce properties’ carbon dioxide emissions in the Helsinki city centre area. The heat produced in the Forum shopping centre is conducted with district cooling to Helsinki’s district heating network, in which it is utilised for heating properties and utility water.