Through leading technologies and the smart use of data, we believe we can positively impact the environment and build solutions that benefit everyone – from our customers to society at large.
Our long-term targets are defined in our Sustainability game plan 2023. In the plan, we have set ambitious targets to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in our own operations by 2025, and we are working to cut 80% of our market-based energy-related GHG emissions by 2023.
Our carbon handprint is an important tool to exemplify the positive impact increased use of digital solutions and services can have on customers’ emissions. We estimated that the avoided CO2 emissions for our customers during 2021 were 75 ktons of CO2, thereby meeting our goal of an annual increase of avoided emissions by 10%.
We focus our measures on where we have the biggest impact: running our own offices and data centres with a strong emphasis on energy efficiency and reducing business travel. We also recognize our contribution towards CO2 emissions caused throughout our value chain.
The Environmental Rule is the basis for our environmental work. The rule defines areas on which we build our development activities. Our aim is to minimize our negative impact, in other words, our footprint. We also aim to increase our positive environmental impact, in other words, our handprint.
We do this by continually assessing our significant environmental impacts and implementing relevant changes. A significant environmental aspect is one that has or has the potential to have one or more impacts on our operations. Our most significant environmental aspects are related to our data centres and our office areas. Our operations also cause environmental impacts in our supply chain. Concrete actions and yearly progress are reported publicly in our sustainability report.
We have also identified aspects with positive environmental impacts, like carbon dioxide emissions we can avoid through sustainable and sound digitalization. Read more on our sustainable projects.
We are continuously exploring new ways to minimize our environmental impact and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. We do this by working in environmentally certified offices, purchasing renewable energy for our data centers and reducing travel. Our operations are ISO 14001 certified.
Our Environmental Management System, EMS, helps us to identify, manage, monitor and control environmental issues in a systematic and holistic manner. External certification is a way of signalling to our customers and other stakeholders that we are implementing the standard properly and improving our environmental performance continually. It’s also in many cases a requirement from our customers and evidence of reference level environmental performance. By completing certification, we also assure our stakeholders that we meet international environmental standards. Certification by external auditors tend to strengthen the recognition and credibility of ISO 14001.
The Environmental Rule outlines the principles implemented in Tietoevry’s ISO14001 certified Environmental Management System. This Rule is also Tietoevry’s communication on commitment to United Nations Global Compact, Sustainable Development Goals and Science Based Targets.