Environmental responsibility

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 2 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.

Elisa’s telecommunication networks in Finland and Estonia consume around 240 GWh of electricity. Electricity consumption is responsible for around 98 per cent of Elisa’s direct CO2 emissions. 

Reducing our carbon footprint and that of our customers

Elisa has an environmental policy and a management system to continuously decrease its key environmental impacts. 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. The EU Energy Efficiency Directive obligates Elisa to perform energy audits at company and target level every four years.

In the case of electronics, batteries, rechargeable batteries and packaging, Elisa is bound by the WEEE Directive. In Finland, our shops have WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) collection receptacles, through which waste is taken for re-processing to become material for new electronic devices. Our shops also have collection boxes for mobile phone batteries and other portable batteries. We provide monetary compensation for any functional phone given to us by a customer who purchases a new one. These phones are sold to be recycled.

In Estonia, Elisa’s shops accept used batteries. Used electronics may be returned without charge to Kuusakoski recycling points, for example. Elisa Estonia’s own electronics waste is recycled at Kuusakoski in Finland.

We follow statutory regulations and instructions when building our network. We promote product safety by making sure that the products we sell comply with the statutory environmental requirements.

Key measures and their results in 2016

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  • Almost all of the electricity Elisa used in Finland and Estonia 244,700 MWh (240,050) came from renewable sources.   
  • Our carbon footprint (Scope 1 and 2) has shrunk by 70 per cent since 2014.
  • Since 2014 we have achieved 14,000 MWh savings in our mobile network.
  • The waste heat recovered from our data centre in Espoo corresponded to the annual consumption of 82 single-family houses with electric heating.
  • 73 per cent of our own servers are virtual, which resulted in energy savings of 31,187 MWh.
  • With our solutions, our customers achieved emissions savings of 37,527 tCO2 (32,313).
  • Of the invoices we sent, 70 per cent (65) were electronic.
  • The grade of Elisa’s environmental report in the CDP Nordic Climate Change 2016 report was B, compared to the average grade of C among Nordic companies.

The calculation basis of Elisa’s CO2 emission indicators and additional information is available on our website.

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