Our environmental work

Every year we strive to actively limit our climate impact and improve our sustainability. We work to contribute to the Åland development and sustainability agenda and its objectives. Every year we measure our climate impact in several different categories together with an external partner, and we work to keep our offices Green Office certified. We choose to climate compensate our calculated impact on the environment from our chosen categories by supporting projects through our climate partner.

 

Green Office Certificate

Our two largest offices in Mariehamn and Helsinki are included in the Green Office programme, which is run by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The programme provides tools for planning and monitoring internal environmental initiatives in various areas; such as waste, recycling, energy efficiency and purchasing.

Paf’s Helsinki office was Green Office certified again in the autumn of 2019 and our office in Mariehamn underwent a new audit in 2020, which was approved. The audit is conducted every three years and our goal is for both offices to retain their status as Green Office certified.

 

Kranmärkta (Eco-tap) offices

In autumn 2019 we chose to pursue Eco-tap labelling for our offices in Mariehamn and Stockholm.

This means that we no longer buy water that is served in plastic bottles. Instead, we only serve local tap water, directly from our own faucets. In autumn 2018, we also installed new water-saving nozzles for most of the faucets at the head office, which reduced our water consumption in 2019 by as much as 136 cubic metres of water. 

We have identified how our environmental sustainability work contributes to the UN’s global sustainability goals, as well as to the local Åland development and the sustainability agenda’s strategic goals. This resulted in two different goals within the Åland sustainability agenda and three different global UN goals.

The Åland sustainability agenda

Goal 6: Significantly higher share of energy from renewable sources and increased energy efficacy.

Goal 7: Sustainable and responsible consumption and production.

 

UN Global Development Goals

   

Climate-smart head office

During Paf’s 50th year of operation, its newly built head office was put into use. The starting point for the building and its design was to create a pleasant workplace and reduce Paf’s environmental footprint. Hence the head office is structured as a passive building, where renewable energy is used as far as possible.

Large parts of the slanted, bow-shaped exterior walls of the building are covered by a special sealing layer that reduce heating emissions, and 742 solar panels collect daylight in order to generate energy for use inside the building.

Inside the building there is motion detector-controlled LED lighting and water reducing nozzles, and on the parking lot 20 electric car chargers have been installed for the employees to use.

Big parts of the head office is built with glulam. This because it is;

  • Renewable and domestic
  • Strong and lightweight
  • Fireproof
  • Clean and easy to work with
  • Good for indoor environment
  • Timber absorbs carbon dioxide

The office is both Green Office certified and Kranmärkt. The audit is conducted every three years and our goal is for both offices to retain their status as Green Office certified.

How we contribute to the Åland sustainability agenda and UN’s global sustainability goals:

Green energy and electricity

We now purchase more environmentally friendly energy and electricity alternatives.

Free bicycles

Bicycles are free to borrow for our Paf employees.

Climate compensation

We climate compensate our calculated impact on the environment from three chosen categories by supporting different climate projects.

Water reducing nozzles

We have installed water reducing nozzles in Mariehamn and Helsinki.

Electric car chargers

We have installed 20 electric car chargers by the head office in Mariehamn.

Solar panels

We have installed 742 solar panels at the head office on the southern wall and on the rooftop (producing 170 000 kWh).

Review our climate impact

We review our company climate impact annually and carry out measures to reduce our emissions accordingly.

LED lighting

We have changed to LED lighting in the head office and in Helsinki. We have also installed motion detector-controlled lighting.

Video conference

We have implemented many technical solutions, such as video conferencing facilities and google meet, that facilitate teleworking and reduce our travel.

Annual climate audit

Paf’s annual climate audit is conducted by an external partner according to the established international standard, the GHG protocol (the Greenhouse Gas Protocol). The audit helps us to understand, identify and also reduce our climate impact by measuring three chosen categories of climate impact.

Paf’s operations in 2020 resulted in a total of 371 tonnes of CO2e from the measured categories, which is a decrease of as much as 74% from 2019. The reason for the decrease is mainly a decrease in the number of flights, from 3,119 in 2019 to 629 in 2020. The main reason behind the reduced travel was the corona pandemic.

Most of our emissions come from business travel which accounted for 67% of total emissions, i.e. category 3 (Travel). Energy consumption in our offices accounted for 26% and 7% consisted of transportation.

 

 

Category 1 / Direct emissions (Transport)

Direct emissions of greenhouse gases from sources owned or controlled by Paf (e.g. commercial vehicles).

Category 2 / Indirect emissions from purchased energy (Energy)

Emissions from heating, cooling and production of electricity purchased by Paf.

Category 3 / Indirect emissions from business activities (Travel)

Indirect emissions caused by Paf’s activities such as business and customer travel (e.g. air, boat, taxi and hotel stays).

Climate compensation

We climate compensate our impact on the environment based on the annual climate audit. We do this every year by supporting different established projects through our climate partner Tricorona.

Read more about the climate projects we have been supporting over the last years bellow.

Barangay

Type of project: Wind energy

Certificate: Gold Standard VER

In 2020 we climate compensated our company’s calculated climate impact by supporting the Barangay wind energy project in the Philippines. Fossil fuels account for more than 70% of the energy in the Philippines and Barangay is one of the first renewable energy projects in the country. The climate compensation project expands wind energy in the Philippines and it also contributes to socio-economic benefits for the region’s residents.

Read more about Barangay here.

 

Direct Air Capture

Type of project: Direct Air Capture

We also chose to climate compensate an equal amount in a climate project that is underway in Iceland. The company Climeworks has developed a technology that sucks carbon dioxide out of the air and pushes it into the ground. The ground-breaking technology is called Direct Air Capture; it mixes the carbon dioxide with water in a geothermal plant as it is pumped deep into Iceland’s bedrock, where it is transformed into stone within a few years. It’s not an ordinary climate compensation project, but we want to support their efforts and we will receive confirmation from the company when the carbon dioxide has been permanently removed from the atmosphere.

Read more about Direct Air Capture here.

Paf compensated 371 tonnes of CO2e.

Type of project: Solar energy

Certification: Gold Standard CDM

In 2019 we climate compensated through supporting the Bhilwara solar project in India. The climate compensation project expands the solar energy investment in India and it also contributes to socio-economic benefits for the region’s residents. The project is run by the Finnish energy company Fortum, which has taken a strong position on more sustainable energy production.

Paf compensated 1,455 tonnes of CO₂e.

Read more about Bhilwara here.

Type of project: Replanting and forest protection

Certificate: Gold Standard

We climate compensated for our calculated climate impact in 2018 by supporting the Sodo & Humbo project in Ethiopia. The deforestation in Ethiopia has made the Ethiopian agricultural suffer from soil erosion, flooding and drought. The agriculture provides over 90% of the population with livelihood, so the deforestation is resulting in making the food security and income generation uncertain for one of the world’s poorest populations. Therefore the project’s aim is to reverse the deforestation trend in the country, which is being done by planting and protecting over one million trees.

Paf compensated 1,897 tonnes of CO₂e.

Read more about Sodo and Humbo here.

Type of Project: Bioenergy

Certificate: CDM – Gold Standard

In 2017 we chose to support the Sri Balaji project, which is a biomass power plant in Andhra Pradesh in eastern India. The power plant uses renewable farm waste instead of coal, the most common source of power in the country. This saves approximately 29 000 tonnes CO2e each year. India’s current energy production is based almost entirely on fossil fuels, but by contributing fossil-free energy to the power network, the project helps mitigate local pollution. 

Paf compensated for 1761 tonnes of CO2e.

Read more about Sri Balaji here.