Our total carbon footprint

Telia Company total value chain GHG emissions in 2020 amounted to 1,160 ktons of CO2e (2018: 1,270 ktons). The majority (99%) of emissions are generated in the value chain (scope 3) whereas our own operations generate limited climate impact, largely thanks to the use of 100% renewable electricity.

Value chain carbon footprint

Our total 2020 carbon footprint, calculated with support from expert partner Carbon Trust, was 1,160,000 tons CO2e. As illustrated below, our own operations (scopes 1+2 (market-based) and business travel) account for only 1% while 91% can be attributed to the supply chain, mainly network construction, infrastructure equipment, mobile phones, access products and content production. 8% of emissions relate to electricity consumption when customers use our products.

Working closely with suppliers to enable them to transition to a low-carbon economy will be key to achieve the 2030 goal of zero CO2. In the procurement process we assess suppliers’ climate maturity to reward the best ones and use our opportunity to influence them. In 2021, we continued to engage with suppliers, asking them to set science-based targets, and by year end, 27% of total supply chain emissions were covered by such targets. An additional 16% have committed to set such goals within two years.

 

Telia Company value chain emissions, tons CO2e

2018

2019

2020

Direct emissions (scope 1)

6 860

6 550

7 400

Indirect emissions (scope 2 market-based)

55 730

37 150

5 770

Value chain emissions (scope 3)

1 205 000

*

1 150 000

Science Based Targets covering the full value chain

Based on the value chain assessment, in December 2020 we adopted Science Based Targets (SBTs) aligned with a 1.5° C pathway and approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. The goals, to be reached by 2025, address the full value chain:

  • Halve emissions from own operations
  • Reduce the emissions related to use of sold and leased products by 29%
  • Engage with suppliers so that 72% of suppliers by emissions will have set science-based targets

* Reported every second year