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Effectiveness

With Green Office, you can reduce the carbon footprint of your workplace, use natural resources wisely and support biodiversity. An effective environmental management system and long-term work translate into great results.

Nature conservation at the workplace

Most of us spend one-third of our days at work. From the point of view of the environment, it is significant how premises are developed and how work communities act.

Green Office is a fun way of conserving the nature at the workplace. You can reduce your carbon footprint by e.g. saving energy and improving energy efficiency, making sustainable purchases, paying attention to travel and food choices and sorting and recycling. An effective environmental management system will show the way for your organisation’s climate work and guide towards wise use of natural resources.

Earth’s environmental issues require acting quickly. Climate change is one of our biggest global crises. Degradation of the natural environment does not threaten the nature alone; it also compromises people’s health, food production, economy and well-being.

Fortunately, it is still possible to change the direction. The efforts of businesses and organisations play a key role so that we can limit global warming to the 1.5 degrees agreed in the Paris Agreement and secure biodiversity. As a member of the Green Office network, you will be involved in contributing to these objectives.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

With Green Office, your organisation will also be implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In particular, the goals relating to the environment and well-being, such as mitigating climate change, preserving biodiversity and developing sustainable economy are visible in the practical measures.

See how Green Office contributes to the SDGs

Green Office matkalle Suvi-Tuuli Kankaanpää  WWF
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High scores in reducing emissions

Finnish Green Office reductions in greenhouse gas emissions have been monitored since 2007. The results have been amazing! The graph compares each year’s emissions to those of the previous year.

green Office emission savings 2007-2017 WWF
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In 2017, Finnish Green Offices cut a total of 7,680 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions compared to the previous year. This is equivalent to the amount of emissions that would result from flying from Helsinki to New York and back again every day for a period of five years.

Green electricity is already in use in 57 percents of Green Offices. Electricity produced with renewable energy is regarded in calculations as having no climatic effects, unlike electricity produced with, for example, fossil fuel. The banking and insurance sector and the ICT industry have been trendsetters in the Green Office network in the use of green electricity. More than 90% of the electricity consumed in these sectors is green electricity.

Emission savings, spring 2018 WWF
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History of Green Office

WWF Finland launched the Green Office programme in 2002. The goal has remained unchanged since day one: to offer offices effective ways and concrete measures to mitigate negative environmental impacts.

How did it all start and what has been done so far? Read about the history and story of Green Office

Awards

Green Office environmental system receives recognition

WWF Finland's award-winning environmental programme inspiring climate action around the world

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