Greenhouse gas emissions

We continuously examine ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of our activities. Emissions are mainly caused by indirect energy consumption in data centres and offices and by employee travel. 

Our climate initiative focuses on how to increase energy efficiency in offices and data centres, and how to reduce employee travel. In 2014, greenhouse gas emissions caused by our operations decreased by 22% to 31 834.7 tons of CO2 (40 834.9). This development is explained by the reduced indirect energy consumption in business operations as well as reduced travel by employees. 

 

Emission class Unit 2012 2013 2014 % change
2014–2013
G4-EN3 Direct energy consumption
Diesel litres 36 232.4 47 503.5 51 595.0 9%
Total litres 36 232.4 47 503.5 51 595.0 9%
Energy returned to district network1 kWh        
           
G4-EN3 Indirect energy consumption kWh        
Electricity kWh 119 942 521.9 105 767 514.5 100 476 048.9 -5%
Cooling kWh 11 315 097.0 12 396 217.4 16 668 789.0 34%
Heating kWh 11 379 571.1 18 681 723.2 17 514 499.2 -6%
Energy returned to district network* kWh -5 569 000.0 -9 362 000.0 -13 970 000.0 49%
Total kWh 137 068 190.0 127 483 455.2 120 689 337.1 -5%
           
G4-EN 15, 16 Total direct and indirect
greenhouse gas emissions
tCO2        
Electricity tCO2 28 580.9 20 132.1 15 518.3 -23%
Cooling tCO2 3 515.7 3 169.9 3 637.2 15%
Heating tCO2 3 197.8 4 868.2 3 020.2 -38%
Diesel tCO2 9.5 123.5 134.1 9%
Energy returned to district network tCO2 -985.4 -1 525.9 -1 711.1 12%
Total GHG Scope 1 tCO2 9.5 123.5 134.1 9%
Total GHG Scope 2 tCO2 34 309.0 26 644.2 20 464.6 -23%
Total GHG Scope 1-2 tCO2 34 318.5 26 767.8 20 598.7 -23%
           
G4-EN17 Other relevant indirect
greenhouse gas emissions
tCO2        
Flights tCO2 13 203.2 12 008.3 9 670.0 -19%
Own cars tCO2 2 382.2 1 786.7 1 296.0 -27%
Taxi tCO2 319.3 272.2 270.0 -1%
Total GHG scope 3 tCO2 15 904.7 14 067.1 11 236.0 -20%
Total CO2 emissions tCO2 50 223.2 40 834.9 31 834.7 -22%
           

As a whole, 65% (66%) of our CO2 emissions in 2014 derived from energy consumption in business operations. While travel represents only a small part of our purchases, it is recognized as one of our key emission sources. In 2014, 35% (34%) of our CO2 emissions related to employee travel. 

Sources of emissions

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by business operations, we have set energy consumption targets, as well as travel cost targets. Activities relating to energy consumption are presented in more detail in the Energy consumption text. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts arising from travel, we encourage employees to use our internal online conferencing options. These consist of a social and commercial media inspired workplace with digital communication and collaboration tools, such as integrated teleconferences, video conferences, chat, and functionality to share digital content with others. Our Travel Rule requires a pre-approval step, which helps to eliminate unnecessary traveling. 

In 2014, travel spend was reduced by 3.9%. Our goal was to reduce travel costs by 4.3%. During the year, we implemented a new travel management tool, applying to all significant Tieto countries of operation. This tool improves traveller security and service and overall harmonizes in practise the way Tieto employees travel. Due to consolidation, costs of traveling can be further reduced as well. The tool provides improved reporting opportunities, enabling us to get a wider array of environmental reports about traveling. 

We also implement local solutions to cut CO2 emissions from commuting to work, outside our reporting scope. Several buses run in Pune, India, transporting employees to the office and back. This way we help to eliminate the local pollution problem and also provide a safer and healthier opportunity to commute to work. In Ostrava, Czech Republic, we dedicate parking places to car-pooling. If three or more employees arrive by one car, they can park at a dedicated parking place.