We focus our measures on where we have the biggest impact – our own operations.
One of the best ways 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 this figure even further.
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 - both upstream and downstream.
We are also eager to find innovative ways to further reduce our CO2 footprint. In the spring of 2019, we participated in auctions arranged by Puro- which involved trading in CO2 removal certificates. Read more on the initiative here.
In Finland and Sweden, some of the excess heat generated by our facilities is recycled back into society to heat nearby households. Meanwhile, our data centre in Norway – located deep inside a mountain in Stavanger – is run with 100% renewable energy and cooled by cold water from the adjacent fjord.
We are committed to continuing activities and reducing our CO2 footprint in the coming years. We will continue managing our carbon footprint throughout the value chain and explore opportunities toexpand supply chain CO2 emission reporting. Our new long-term sustainability plan is underway and will be publicly disclosed upon finalization.
Read more on how we examine ways to reduce our CO2 emissions even further here.
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 in our operations. Our most significant environmental aspects relate 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 identified also 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. An external certification is a way of signaling 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.