Environmental value added
Conservation of the environment is an important part of our strategy. The aim is to minimise our environmental impact, which means that we focus actively on cutting our carbon dioxide emissions, raising the proportion of renewable energy consumed in our operations and helping our customers to develop more environmentally- friendly products and solutions.
Addtech’s main business currently consists of trading in technology products, which means that a large proportion of our environmental impact comes from transport and warehousing activities. Our own use of raw materials, chemicals and fossil fuels is limited, as most of the actual production process takes place at our suppliers. However, we have decided to assume a degree of responsibility that stretches beyond our own operations, with our Code of Conduct also requiring our suppliers to consider the environment in their production.
The environmental perspective must be part of all important decisions, with a view to creating long-term value for customers, employees, shareholders and society at large. Environmental work must be conducted within the scope of our business concept and closely integrated into operational activities. With a high level of expertise among our employees, and constantly development of our knowledge of environmental consequences, we can maintain a holistic approach to environmental issues and contribute to improvements within the organisation and among our customers and suppliers. As much of our environmental impact is indirect, we aim to develop more sustainable products and solutions that help our customers reduce their environmental impact. That way, we can make a difference on a larger scale. During the year, we did not incur any fines or sanctions for environmental contraventions. During 2017/2018, we have rolled out our updated environmental policy in the Group.
Addtech’s main impact on the climate comprises carbon dioxide emissions. Combustion of fossil fuels also produces emissions of other greenhouse gases, but Addtech has concluded that carbon dioxide emissions represent the largest negative environmental impact from our operations.
The calculation of carbon dioxide emissions arising from electricity generation was based on Nordic electricity generation, where 1 kWh is estimated to generate 0.1 kg CO2. In addition to emissions arising from the internal use of fossil fuels and electricity, carbon dioxide emissions are also generated by various kinds of transport, including transport of materials and products, as well as employee travel. Addtech reports carbon dioxide emissions for employee travel and for materials and product transport according to the table below, which shows the Group’s CO2 emissions. We place total carbon dioxide emissions in relation to sales to give a true and fair view of emissions, referred to as an intensity measure for greenhouse gases. The total climate impact for the year amounted to 2.2 tonnes CO2/SEK million.
*Based on reported kilometres driven and average emission of CO2/km from the Group's vehicle fleet.
**Based on reports from transport providers, plus own calculations using ecotransit.org.
***Based on Nordic electricity generation, where 1 kWh is estimated to generate 0.1 kg CO2.
The Group’s energy analysis is progressing according to plan and will be used to identify areas for improvement. At present, more than half of the electricity that we use comes from renewable sources and our aim is to continue to increase the proportion. Total energy consumption decreased to 21.3 GWH (19.1) during the year. Energy consumption in relation to net sales was 2.66 MWH/SEK million (2.66).
* Solar energy, wind power and hydropower
** Biofuel, waste heat, waste (70 percent renewable)
Suppliers and the environment
Addtech’s sales of high-technology products and solutions have little direct impact on the environment and our indirect environmental impact largely takes place at our suppliers. The objective of our supplier evaluations is to obtain an overview of how our suppliers pursue sustainable development. Environmental conservation measures shall be implemented to the extent they are technically feasible, reasonable in terms of business economy and environmentally justified. Suppliers are encouraged to operate in line with our environmental policy. Suppliers are also required to be familiar with and observe requirements laid down by national legislation, statutes and industry standards. Suppliers must as a minimum requirement operate a secure system for management of hazardous materials and waste.
Targets for environmental value added
Addtech shall focus actively on continuously reducing the direct and indirect environmental impact from our operations, products and processes. To achieve this, we endeavour to:
- to continue our work on offering products and solutions that play a part in advancing sustainable development and reducing environmental impact
- to continue our work in setting energy and climate goals