Managing energy in facilities
More efficient use of our buildings is achieved through better workplace functionality a shift to more energy-efficient buildings and by driving building requirements (e.g., Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) level gold or equivalent). We prioritize the use of renewable energy in our facilities.
Global ICT centers
We have an ongoing transition to establish three high-tech, global ICT centers. In 2016, all three centers were operating, and consolidation activities continue.
The ICT centers—two in Sweden and one in Canada—are situated in areas with access to renewable energy and a reliable power grid. The centers' have a feature-leading edge design that is modular and scalable and has efficient use of resources. As one example of that approach, we are now able to recycle waste heat by sending it to the heating plant to be reused.
In 2016, we continued the ongoing shift from air to surface transport to reduce CO2e emissions. Product volumes transported were comparable to 2015; however, we have achieved a reduction of 26 ktonnes CO2e in absolute terms and are below 1 tonne CO2e per tonne goods transported.
Business travel emissions dropped by approximately 4% per employee compared to 2015. Virtual meetings have become a standard way of how we work as a substitute to travel.
We aim to reduce CO2e per kilometer in our vehicle fleet by using vehicles more efficiently, implementing telematics, and trialing alternative fuels.
We are signatories to the UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate which commits companies to a number of steps in water management. This includes taking action in our direct operations as well as our supply chain.
Water supply for our facilities is municipal water, mainly used for toilets, restaurants, changing rooms and sports facilities. We do not abstract freshwater directly from ground or surface water sources. In 2016, water consumption within our activities was approximately 25 cubic meters per employee.
Managing water consumption is an increasingly important part of our supply chain management. We require our suppliers to control and measure their water usage. If water consumption is identified as a significant environmental aspect, the supplier is expected to develop a water management plan. We have begun informing our supply chain about the new requirements.