|Invested||2006 – 2018|
|Ownership at exit||100%|
Protecting the environment
The real estate sector represents around 40 per cent of the world’s energy consumption and contributes up to 30 per cent of global emissions1.
Although new design and construction methods are helping to create more sustainable buildings, significant investment is required to enhance the energy efficiency of established properties to help meet global emissions reduction targets.
Techem has been a leader in the development of quality technologies in the areas of energy and water measurement, billing and management since the early 1950s – enabling homeowners, landlords and tenants to reduce their energy consumption and bills. At the turn of the century, Techem was listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and its suite of innovative consumption reduction products saw it become a market leader in Germany.
Investing in innovation
Between 2006 and 2009, a MIRA-managed fund acquired 100 per cent of the business in several stages through a take-private process. On taking ownership of Techem, MIRA partnered with management to invest more than €1 billion to develop a suite of highly efficient and cost-effective products that enable apartment buildings and commercial properties to reduce their overall energy consumption. Techem also expanded its service offering to provide more sustainable heat supply solutions, enhanced fire protection monitoring and products to improve drinking water quality.
Techem’s continuous innovation and range of integrated and digitalised customer solutions saw the business extend its market leading position in Germany and expand into new markets. At the time of MIRA’s divestment, Techem had approximately 51 million devices servicing 11 million dwellings across 20 countries.
Importantly, Techem’s growth during MIRA’s period of ownership has had a significant impact on advancing environmental sustainability, with its products and services helping to avoid a significant amount of CO2 emissions each year.
Walking the talk
In addition to enabling greater awareness around the efficient use of energy and water amongst its customers, Techem also recognised that it had a responsibility to lead by example by promoting environmental sustainability amongst its workforce.
Techem ensured that the operations of its more than 50 branch offices across Germany were powered with certified green electricity. Utilising innovative building design and cutting-edge technology, Techem optimised its electricity usage and configured heating and cooling systems to prevent waste.
Outside of its offices, Techem also significantly expanded the use of hybrid and electric mobility solutions in its operations and maintenance fleet. Techem’s more than 3,500 staff were given access to company bicycles and were actively encouraged to utilise public transport on their commute and during business hours.
All information current as at 31 March 2019, unless otherwise stated.