Our environmental responsibility focuses on climate and energy
The ICT industry is a key player in moving operating methods in a more environmentally friendly direction and mitigating climate change. The global carbon footprint can be reduced by as much as 20 per cent with telecom and ICT products and services.
For the ICT industry to be able to effectively reduce the emissions of other industries, it must take care of its own emissions. At present, emissions from the ICT industry are around 3-4 per cent of global emissions. Emissions from the industry are expected to decrease, even though the amount of data and the number of devices will continue to grow on a global scale.
Energy consumption of Elisa’s telecommunication networks in Finland and Estonia is responsible more than 90 per cent of Elisa’s direct CO2 emissions
Reducing our carbon footprint and that of our customers
We want to participate to contribute to creation of a carbon neutral society by providing our customers the services which enables them act effectively and in an climate friendly way.
We have set science-based targets to reduce our emissions. Elisa is the first Finnish teleoperator to take part in the international Science Based Targets initiative, which helps provide companies with a clearly-defined pathway for aligning their strategies with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Elisa has gained approval from the Science Based Targets initiative on two new emissions reduction targets:
- By 2025, we will reduce our emissions (Scopes 1 and 2) by 50% compared to 2016.
- By 2025, we will reduce emissions related to travelling and waste, as well as emissions from the supply chain (Scope 3) by 12% compared to 2016.
Additionally Elisa has previously signed the Finnish Commitment 2050 where it commits to become carbon neutral in its use of energy by 2050.
Elisa has an environmental policy and a management system to decrease its key environmental impacts. We are committed to improve the impacts of our business and promote environmentally sustainable operations.
The reduction of carbon dioxide emissions has been part of our strategy since 2009. We monitor our objectives every six months through the CO2 emission savings scorecard. The energy efficiency of our operations is monitored through the sub-metrics of the scorecard.
The energy efficiency team meets four times a year to monitor the achievement of our energy efficiency and carbon footprint goals. Material climate risks are reviewed in the energy efficiency group once a year. The EU Energy Efficiency Directive obligates Elisa to perform energy audits at company and target level every four years.
In reducing carbon emissions Elisa focuses on utilising energy from data centers, district cooling solutions, zero-emission energy, continuous improvement of energy efficiency, and new innovative solutions like liquid cooling base stations.
With these procedures Elisa has succeeded in reducing its electricity consumption per byte by 50% (from the 2015 level) and our carbon foot print has decreased over 60% (since 2016). We continue our determined work towards the set emission targets and carbon neutrality.