Nokia Sustainability Report: Water Intake Down 9%, Normalized Factory Emissions Up 24%
The communications company said 95 percent of its water comes from municipal supplies and 5 percent come from ground water – a ratio that has been roughly the same for the last five years. The company’s water use per person remained fairly static.
The firm reduced its total waste production by over 23 percent from 2010 to 2011, from 59,800 to 45,900 metric tons. Of the 2011 figure, 96 percent was recycled, reused or had its energy recovered by Nokia – up from 94 percent in 2010. The total amount of waste sent to landfill dropped from 3,200 metric tons in 2010 to 1,700 metric tons in 2011.
Normalized greenhouse gas emissions from the company’s factories rose 24 percent from 2010 to 2011, from 276 to 342 grams of CO2 per device. But normalized emissions from logistics and offices fell by 48 percent and 9 percent respectively. In 2011 the company’s logistics produced 1.68 kg of CO2 for every sales package while its offices produced a net 1.51 metric tons of CO2 for every staff member. These figures were down from 3.50 kg and 1.66 metric tons in 2010.
The company’s absolute scope 1 emissions fell 7.5 percent year-on-year, from 20,100 to 18,600 metric tons. The lion’s share – some 1,000 metric tons – of this drop came from a reduction in emissions from Nokia’s facilities. Nokia’s absolute scope 2 emissions rose two percent year-on-year, from 193,800 to 197,700 metric tons. Nokia’s indirect emissions from its facilities fell 12 percent from 2010 to 2011, from 286,400 to 251,800 metric tons of CO2.
The company used over 10 percent less energy in 2011 than in 2010, dropping from 672 GWh to 602 GWh. But when normalized against floor space the company’s energy use increased from 485 kWh per square meter to 489 kWh per square meter.
The amount of renewable energy it purchased dropped from 196 GWh to 193 GWh, but the proportion of its energy drawn from renewable energy rose from 36 percent in 2010 to 40 percent in 2011. In 2011 the company purchased enough renewable energy to cut 54,100 metric tons of CO2 from its footprint, down from 60,100 in 2010.
The amount of CO2 Nokia avoided as a result of Gold Standard offsets in 2010 was 32,500 metric tons, but in 2011 it purchased no such offsets.
The largest source of scope 3 CO2 emissions for Nokia is its supply chain, but it made huge progress over the last year in the amount of CO2 emitted from this source. In 2010 Nokia’s supply chain emitted almost 6.9 million metric tons of carbon, and in 2011 this figure dropped to just under 1.9 million metric tons – a drop of almost 73 percent. In 2011, 66 percent of Nokia’s hardware suppliers that account for the highest environmental impact had company-level reduction targets for energy, greenhouse gas emissions, water and waste.
Late last year, Nokia was ranked as the equal 11th most climate responsible company in the Climate Counts 2001 review. Nokia improved its score by four points year-on-year. Unilever topped the poll.
In compiling its 2011 sustainability report, Nokia used the Global Reporting Initiative’s G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines version 3.0. A third-party GRI Application Level check conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy confirmed Nokia’s self-declaration that this report meets the requirements for GRI Application Level A+.
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