Elisa published its new climate goals today, and committed to carbon neutrality as early as of this year. All electricity used by the company is renewable. The rest of the emissions – including the personnel’s commutes and mobility as well as the network’s backup power – will be offset (totalling some 11% of emissions). Elisa is the first carbon-neutral Nordic operator.
Elisa was among the first Finnish companies to adopt goals prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Science Based Target initiative and confirmed as being in line with the Paris Agreement. Elisa is also one of the leading companies to have ambitious goals in line with limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees.
As a new goal, Elisa committed to an attempt to achieve carbon neutrality as early as during 2020 by implementing both energy reduction measures and acquiring carbon offset credits through the Gold Standard-certified improved cookstoves project.
“Climate change now requires effective action also from businesses, and we want to contribute to the faster achievement of a carbon neutral society. In addition to our own energy efficiency measures, we can impact the change right now, with certified offset credits. Emission reduction has been part of our strategy for more than 10 years. This represents one step on the journey aiming to make our entire energy consumption carbon neutral,” says Elisa’s CEO, Veli-Matti Mattila.
Elisa’s carbon footprint (Scope 1 and 2) has decreased by more than 60% compared to 2016. The measures include the use of renewable electricity, network optimisation and increasingly energy efficient new technologies as well as the utilisation of data centres’ waste heat in the district heating network. Elisa is a pioneer of flexible work in Finland. The Elisa Ideal Work operating model and opportunities for location-independent work have reduced personnel’s travel and emissions to a significant degree.
In addition to reducing carbon footprint the carbon handprint when utilising mobile techonologies can have even ten times positive impact*, and the services taking advantage of Elisa’s digitalisation, e.g. virtual meetings, reduce the climate burden of our customers’ operations. We also provide our customers with the efficient recycling of, and repair service for, devices as well as with new, environmentally friendly device options.
*) GSMA: The Enablement Effect report
For further information on Elisa’s climate work and the company’s Carbon Neutrality by 2020 goal, go to https://corporate.elisa.com/responsibility/environmental-responsibility/climate-targets/
Elisa’s seventh assured responsibility report (complying with the core requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards) was published today as part of the company’s annual report. Elisa is strongly committed to its mission Sustainable Future Through Digitalisation. The yearly report describes Elisa’s systematic responsibility work in financial, social and environmental areas, as well as in digital responsibility, which is essential to Elisa. www.elisa.com/annualreport
Further information: Minna Kröger, Corporate Responsibility Director, Elisa Corporation, tel. +358 50 572 7620, [email protected]
Elisa is a pioneer in telecommunications and digital services. We serve approximately 2.8 million consumer, corporate and public administration organisation customers, and have over 6.3 million subscriptions in our extensive network. Cooperation with Vodafone and Tele2, among others, enables globally competitive services. Our core markets are Finland and Estonia, and we also provide digital services for international markets. Elisa’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki. In 2019, our revenue was EUR 1.84 billion euros, and we employed 4,900 people. As a responsible Finnish market leader, our operations are guided by continuous improvement. We will be a carbon neutral company from 2020 onwards. Further information on www.elisa.com, Facebook (@elisasuomi) and Twitter (@ElisaOyj)
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