Minimizing the impact of our operations
Reducing the impact on the environment of our offices, labs, factories and other operations is a key element of our environmental strategy. This includes using natural resources as efficiently as possible, and cutting greenhouse gas emissions and waste.
Employees’ understanding and action is essential and we strive to involve people in managing environmental issues. Our companywide environmental management system (EMS), certified to ISO14001, helps us monitor progress and identify ways to improve further.
The priority is to cut greenhouse gas emissions – our biggest impact. A year earlier than planned, we have met our orignal target of cutting CO2 emissions from buildings by 30 percent, based on the 2007 level, by the end of 2012.
We are cutting emissions through energy efficiency measures, purchasing certified renewable energy from the grid, and promoting less travel and lower-carbon travel modes. We also focus on improving the efficiency of computers and data centers to reduce emissions from our IT operations.
Energy efficiency in buildings
We are aligning our approach to the design, development and refurbishment of buildings with the framework set out by the United States Green Building Council. For example, one of our main Global Network Operations Centers in Noida, India, is certified as LEED Gold after being refurbished for Nokia Networks’ use.
Laboratories are our most energy-intensive buildings and we are improving the efficiency of lab cooling systems to cut energy consumption. Regular energy audits help us identify areas for improvement such as cooling and ventilation systems and lighting.
Using buildings more efficiently, with flexible workspaces, is also saving energy because it means we need less office space.
Travel and logistics
New ways of working are reducing business travel. HALO video-conferencing facilities and other virtual meeting tools such as WebEx mean that employees can meet remotely for business meetings and development activities.
We have reduced the average emissions from new company cars in Europe, have introduced hybrid cars into the fleet and will add electric cars when practicable.
We aim to continually improve the efficiency of logistics, cutting environmental impacts from the transport of components from suppliers and products to customers. The emphasis is on increasing the amount of products transported in each container, including redesigning and reducing packaging, and reducing the use of air freight.
Water and waste
We aim to minimize water use and reduce the overall amount of waste we create while increasing the amount recycled.
Water is an increasingly scarce resource in many of the countries where we operate, so we have improved monitoring of water consumption to identify opportunities to use less.
Waste management efforts are focused on:
- Reducing the amount of waste as a whole, by engaging employees, raising awareness and establishing controls
- Minimizing the amount of waste going to landfill by recycling more as well as capturing energy from waste
- Reusing products and materials, and avoiding the use of disposables as much as possible.