“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.” Veli-Matti Mattila, CEO
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 by 2025:
- • We will reduce our emissions (Scopes 1 and 2) by 50% compared to 2016.
- • We will reduce emissions related to travelling and waste, as well as emissions from the supply chain (Scope 3) by 12% compared to 2016.
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 in Uganda. 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’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
We annually report our carbon footprint with the CDP questionnaire aimed at international investors. We achieved a result of A- in the CDP climate change assessments. Thousands of companies from all around the world participate in the annual CDP climate reporting.
Elisa's CO2 emission savings calculations 2019
What are Elisa's climate targets? Elisa aims to achieve carbon neutrality in 2020. This means the partial (approximately 11%) offsetting of emissions. Following this, the aim is to reduce the need for offsetting and energy consumption by as much and as fast as possible, and to pay attention to emissions generated outside of Elisa’s core operations (Scope 3) throughout the entire supply chain.
What is offsetting? In practice company supports climate positive actions equalling thos measures it is not able to reduce immediately on its own. In this context, offsetting in general refers to an operator purchasing emission reduction units outside of its own area of operations which offset the operator’s remaining greenhouse gas emissions.
Why is Elisa offsetting? Elisa’s primary objective has been to identify its own emissions and look for means to reduce them. Emission reductions and actions have been carried out since 2009. Given that we cannot eliminate all emissions generated by our operations, we use offsetting to accelerate climate action while systematically looking for ways to reduce our offsetting portion.
What is the improved cookstoves project and why did Elisa choose it? The project reduces global gas house emissions and promotes the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project supports acquiring more energy efficient stoves for Ugandan families, thereby reducing the need for firewood and local deforestation. Further information
Elisa chose the project because it is effective, has an external certification (Gold Standard) and accords with the SDGs. The emission reductions are new and additional, meaning that we would not be able to achieve them without investments in this project. Further information
Is offsetting equal to greenwashing? When you have primarily identified and are reducing your own emissions, you can cover emissions not under your direct control with certified offsetting which produces additional emission reductions. The key is to achieve the majority of the emission reductions by changing your own operations.
Is the offsetting paid for by Elisa’s customers? Elisa’s offsetting is about the company’s voluntary climate action, the costs of which are not collected from customers in the form of voluntary payments, for example. Nor do the costs have a direct impact on products or services.