Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our times, with policymakers and businesses scrambling to find rapid and effective solutions. The best way for us to combat global warming is to improve the energy efficiency of our operations and reduce emissions.
How we work
Tieto is committed to the United Nations Global Compact and Sustainable Development Goals. We continuously strive to improve and support the precautionary approach to tackling environmental challenges. We focus our measures on where we have the biggest impact: in running our own offices and data centres with a strong emphasis on energy efficiency and reducing business travel. We also recognize our part of CO2 emissions caused throughout our value chain, both upstream and downstream.
Our Environmental Rule defines our approach to managing the company’s environmental impact. Accordingly, we have implemented measures to boost energy efficiency in our existing offices and data centres. We have also relocated to BREEAM or LEED certified buildings with upgraded facilities to reduce direct and indirect energy consumption. In addition to environmental certificates, the energy efficiency of a building has been an important site selection criterion.
For all our data centres, our target is to drive and maintain operations as energy efficiently as possible. We regularly collect and monitor energy consumption data to ensure the highest efficiency possible is maintained.
Our Travel Rule encourages only essential travel. We provide and encourage employees to use virtual conference solutions and various digital collaboration platforms to help minimize our environmental travel footprint. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our times, with policymakers and businesses scrambling to find rapid and effective solutions. The best way for us to combat global warming is to improve the energy efficiency of our operations and reduce emissions. Our aggregated CO2 emission reduction since 2016 totals 53% and we are continually examining ways to reduce our CO2 emissions even further.
Our Chief Procurement Officer is responsible for the environmental management of our offices and procurement including business travel. The Head of Data Centres has the same responsibility for our data centres. All Nordic data centres and offices with more than 50 employees are covered by our Environmental Management System (EMS), which is ISO 14001-certified. The responsibility for the implementation of the EMS, as well as activities for energy reduction actions, lies with an Environmental Manager appointed for one or several countries of operations. The Environmental Managers form a global network that is responsible for putting into practice global environmental guidelines and objectives in our operating countries. Our data centre teams are responsible for energy consumption monitoring on a regular basis. Possible risks or incidents related to environmental issues can be reported via the EMS in each country or via our global risk reporting portal.
We are committed to continuing activities and reducing our CO2 footprint in the coming year. Our focus longer-term we will be on increasing the usage of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency measures in offices and data centres as well as reducing CO2 emissions caused by business travel. We will continue managing our carbon footprint throughout the value chain and explore opportunities for expanding supply chain CO2 emissions reporting. We will also continue to investigate and measure how our solutions and products can support our customers in decreasing their own carbon footprints. During 2020, we will launch our new long term sustainability plan, which will contain new and further stretched targets for our efforts to minimize our environmental impact.
Read the full text on sustainable IT solutions and learn more on our sustainability results in our annual report.