Our daring goals – Zero CO2 & Zero Waste by 2030
By 2030, Telia Company will be CO2 neutral with zero waste, not only within its own operations, but throughout the value chain.
Science shows that climate change and excessive consumption will have devastating impact on the planet if we do not do something unprecedented. Therefore, we take a stand by stepping up our environmental efforts and minimize the negative impacts.
“We feel it’s our responsibility to bolster our commitment and cut our environmental footprint to zero. But we also see an opportunity for growth as digitalization lies in the center of carbon emission reductions and circular economy. With our abilities and competence in communications, data analytics, IoT and much more, we can help our customers run their operations in a more energy-efficient way and enable new business models in for example sharing economy,” says Anne Larilahti, Head of Group Sustainability.
Reaching the goals of zero impact of our own operations requires a broad agenda of actions in all parts of our operations. Some are already in place, such as using over 90% renewable electricity. And when it comes to minimizing customers’ impact, focus will be where the effect is the biggest, and where it fits our business strategy the best. Through digitalization, we have significant potential to impact the environment in a positive way and providing customers with eco-friendly solutions has a great potential of saving money while reducing emissions and increasing resource efficiency.
Doing business with Telia Company will also come with even stricter environmental requirements and expectations. A letter signed by the CEO and CPO has been sent to over 200 suppliers, clarifying these expectations. Starting in 2019, CO2 will be added to supplier selection criteria. By 2022, we want our suppliers to have a plan in place for reaching zero CO2 in their whole operations, including suppliers, to be reached by 2030.
Over time, we will work closely with our thousands of vendors and subcontractors to integrate the environmental agenda into their operations.
“I have already talked to some of our main vendors, some of them are big global companies, explaining that we will expect them to show higher ambition. So far, I have only seen positive reactions. I notice a willingness around the world, not least from our business customers, to change to sustainable operations, but there needs to be strong push and pull from forward leaning businesses,” says Johan Dennelind, Telia Company CEO.
Adopting new daring goals will not only affect the way the company does business – to accelerate and achieve these goals, everyone in the company will be involved.
”This agenda will require strong collaboration within the company, among peers, across industries, and with the public sector. We welcome all partners and while we are proud of our bold ambition, we would love to see others join or get even bolder,” says Johan Dennelind.