Sustainability report

Green Office

green_officeSince 2009, Hansel has been a WWF Green Office and is a member of Finland’s Green Office network that consists of approximately 180 organisations. Green Office is an environmental programme developed by WWF Finland. Its objectives include reducing the environmental burden caused by offices.

To ensure sustainable development in Hansel’s internal operations, we regularly monitor key figures for the consumption of electricity and paper, for travel and equipment, and for furniture procurement. WWF’s Climate Calculator, which is a Green Office tool, has been utilised in the calculations. Emission figures have not been adjusted in proportion to growth in business or personnel.

Environmental impacts are primarily generated by travel, energy consumption in facilities, and office equipment. Office equipment and some office furniture were modernised in 2014. Since, due to the nature of our business, the emissions from our operations are very small, our emissions in 2014 increased as a result of equipment and furniture replacement.

The environmental impact of Hansel’s own operations

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Direct impact, Hansel’s own operations CO2 thousands
of kilograms
CO2 thousands
of kilograms
CO2 thousands
of kilograms
CO2 thousands
of kilograms
CO2 thousands
of kilograms
Paper consumption 0,74 0,75 0,78 0,97 1,03
Road traffic according to fuel consumption* 46,75 42,43 46,93 35,04 45,60
Emissions corresponding to the mileage allowances paid out by the company 0,23 0,32 0,52 0,36 0,56
Other traffic (taxis) 1,15 0,98 1,21 1,08 3,18
Air traffic 38,84 24,12 42,41 33,12 35,05
Marine traffic 1,27 3,41 0,00 1,03 0,46
Rail traffic 0,08 0,10 0,11 0,23 0,00
Electricity consumption** 15,04 12,97 11,19 9,88
Direct impact, total 104,10 85,08 103,15 81,71 85,88
Emissions caused by office equipment and furniture procurement***
Mobile phones 1,87 0,70 0,56 0,72 0,46
Laptop computers 13,07 0,17 0,86 1,54 9,75
Desktop computers 0,00 0,00 0,00 0,00 4,70
LCD displays 28,83 0,23 1,14 1,59 14,53
Multifunction equipment 0,00 0,00 0,00 1,89 0,41
Furniture 13,37 0,42 0,89 4,78 0,00
Emissions caused by office equipment and furniture procurement, total 57,14 1,52 3,45 10,52 29,85
Total 161,24 86,60 106,60 92,23 115,73
*Calculation is based on the company-car fuel purchases.
**Since the beginning of 2011, at least 30% of the electricity produced is of renewable energy sources, as required in line with the Government’s decision-in-principle.
***Emissions related to office equipment procurement have been monitored since 2010. Emissions are calculated on the basis of consumption over the full life cycle of the equipment.

Practical information and actions

Hansel’s employees have received environmental training, and the company’s website and intranet regularly publish environmental tips on various topics. Video conferencing is used to reduce the need for travel.

Hansel issues its employees with HSL commuter vouchers, to encourage them to use public transport. The CO2 emissions limit for company cars is 140 g/km.

Whenever possible and applicable, Hansel also uses the framework agreements concluded after tendering processes in its own procurement. Hansel’s own marketing materials are mainly in electronic format.

Following participation in the Green Office project, solutions generating a smaller environmental load were introduced in minor office purchases. For example, waste sorting at Hansel’s offices has been established in accordance with the Green Office guidelines.

In 2014, Hansel exceeded the objectives for renewable energy sources specified in the government’s decision-in-principle in its energy consumption.