Client work - our material sustainable impact
Pöyry’s material impact on sustainability across the globe arises from our client work; compared to that, the environmental impact of Pöyry’s own operations is not significant. Our solutions enable clients to optimise their environmental performance by delivering energy, material and cost efficiency, environmental compliance and clean water solutions, as well as reducing negative environmental impacts. The work is carried out in accordance to the agreed contracts and Pöyry's internal guidance. Once delivered, the assignments fall under the clients’ own sustainability agendas.
environmental Due Diligences in the last decade
Vattenfall's Lillgrund offshore wind farm, 7 kilometres off the southern coast of Sweden, is one of the largest in the world. Pöyry's experts consulted Vattenfall from planning to operation and in order to minimise Lillgrund's impact on the environment, they worked closely with the local county administration throughout the project. The wind farm is expected to be operational for 20-25 years, after which almost all the parts can be recycled and the site restored completely. Read the full story.
Pöyry's environmental print
Pöyry’s own environmental footprint consists of project and other everyday work. We have identified our most relevant environmental indicators, including travelling and energy consumption.
Our most significant impact on the environment is caused by travelling. In particular, project work is mobile and often takes place at client sites, client premises or construction sites. Travelling as well as energy consumption generate greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Currently, GHG emissions are calculated in the Nordic countries and direct CO2 emissions from travelling in a limited number of Pöyry countries. Due to the significance and importance of GHG emission for us, for our clients and globally, reporting CO2 and other GHG emissions is another important indicator for our operations. The next step over the coming years is to develop the related reporting processes globally.
Pöyry’s CO2 emissions in Finland have decreased by approximately 35% since 2013.
One of the main travel related targets at Pöyry is to reduce unnecessary travel and use online communication tools instead. In addition, travellers are instructed to prefer public transportation whenever smart, available and safe.
The increasing use of online communication tools is also present in our everyday work. As part of Pöyry’s reporting, we track the use of online conference tools. For instance, the number of online conference calls on the Group level increased considerably in 2013-2017 while project related travel costs decreased almost by half.
Global ISO certification underway
Currently Pöyry has a local ISO 14001 certification in seven countries. In 2017, the company initiated a globally harmonised reporting process in these countries. The goal is to gradually extend environmental reporting to cover new countries in the wake of the global ISO 14001 certification that started the same year.