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Emissions in Finnish offices reduced with green electricity

In 2016, WWF’s Green Offices in Finland reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 4,440 tonnes compared to the previous year. The largest reductions were seen in the energy consumption of offices and in emissions caused by air traffic. A decisive factor in the good result was green electricity. 

In 2016, Finnish Green Offices reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 4,440 tonnes compared to the previous year. This is equivalent to a four-person family flying from Helsinki to Gran Canaria and back again every day for a year. Electricity accounts for 3,320 tonnes and air traffic 1,830 tonnes of the emissions savings.

The way electricity is produced has a significant effect on the amount of emissions. Electricity consumption in the Green Office network grew, but the emissions caused by consumption were reduced since most of the offices are now using green electricity. Electricity produced with renewable energy is regarded in calculations as having no climatic effects, unlike electricity produced with, for example, fossil fuel.

Green electricity is already in use in 57% of Green Offices.

"Choosing green electricity is good for the climate. Due to digitalization and, for example, air conditioning becoming more common in offices, the energy consumption of offices is growing. That is why energy efficiency and minimizing consumption is necessary. With only the energy consumed throughout the Green Office network in a single year, Linnanmäki amusement park’s rides could be kept running day and night for 26 years," says Helka Julkunen, Head of Green Office Programme at WWF Finland.

Growth in energy consumption in a few large companies and the amount of energy intensive offices have had an impact on the Green Office network’s energy consumption.

Almost six million sheets of paper were saved during the year in offices—an amount that would make a pile over half a kilometre high. The amount of waste was also reduced.

"The choices of individuals play a huge part in the reduction of paper consumption and waste sorting. In the Green Office programme, engaging personnel and encouraging ecological choices are an integral part of the environmental management system," says Julkunen.

WWF Green Office is a practical environmental management system for offices. With its help, companies can decrease their ecological footprint and reduce emissions. Green Office also helps companies to achieve many of the UN’s goals for sustainable development.

WWF Finland launched the Green Office programme in 2002. The Finnish Green Office network includes 403 offices from 150 organisations, with a total of around 57,500 employees. In addition to Finland, other WWF Green Office networks are administered by China, Latvia, Pakistan, and Turkey.

The greenhouse gas emissions of Finland’s Green Offices have been monitored since 2007 and the results have been creditable. In spring 2017, the number of organisations obligated to participate in reporting was 380.

The key indicators in the annual Green Office reporting (Finland):

INDICATOR  CHANGE IN EMISSIONS tCO2eq   CHANGE IN EMISSIONS % CHANGE IN CONSUMPTION
Electricity consumption  -3,322.44 -11.01 +8,832,902.10 kWh
Heating and cooling consumption  +1,291.33 +5.44 +9,496,490.80 kWh
Road traffic -221.26  -3.87  
Air traffic  -1,834.54  -6.26  
Paper consumption  -95.52  -6.67 -5,870,579 sheets
Waste -258.58  -13.3 -557,579.99 kg
Water consumption     +4,871.69 m3
TOTAL -4,441.01    

For additional information, please contact:

Helka Julkunen, Head of Green Office Programme, WWF Finland, tel. +358 40 531 0555, helka.julkunen@wwf.fi

www.greenoffice.fi/en

Twitter: @WWFGreenOffice

WWF Finland is part of the broad international WWF network that has offices in some 50 countries and operations in over a 100 countries. We build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

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