- The certification applies to our offices in Kristiansand and Arendal, and is mainly about upholding standards that relate to the operation of our offices and initiating measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Agder Energi. It is imperative that we continue to prioritize this work not only for our own betterment, but also to create positive ripple effects in the region, says Jan Atle Liodden, Senior Adviser on Sustainability.
Emission cuts and green solutions
One of the parent company's priorities is setting specific goals to reduce our travel emissions. In this area we have both committed to reducing business travel by 40% by 2024 and electrifying a minimum of 40% of our fleet vehicle by 2025.
Another focus area in our environmental management is the energy efficiency of the parent company's buildings and properties. Our head office is a low-energy building with an energy solution based on district heating and cooling, electric heating, and solar energy. At the Stoa office we also have electric heating and cooling, but with the addition of extra heat supply from our daughter company Agder Energi Varme.
- We have taken steps to ensure continuous improvement. For instance, in both offices we have switched to LED lamps with sensor control when an upgrade was needed. A new LED based luminaire is cheaper these days compared to older solutions, and it comes with guarantees of up to 10 years without lamp replacement. We have also replaced several windows and ventilation systems at Stoa, and sealed windows with poor insulation in their frames. These are all actions that reduce the energy consumption and costs of our tenants, says Steven Astrup, Director of Real Estate at Agder Energi.
Sustainable consumption and production
An important dimension in our environmental responsibility is also setting requirements for business partners and suppliers in our value chain. This is acknowledged in Goal 12, one of Agder Energi’s 7 sustainability goals, which is to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Under UN targets 12.6 and 12.7 we have committed to ensuring that at least 95 percent of the value of our purchases will come from suppliers with an environmental certification under ISO 14001, the Eco-Lighthouse scheme, or an equivalent environmental management system by 2025.
- Sustainable purchasing for us means not only ensuring that our suppliers actively work to reduce their climate footprint, but also that they have fair and ethical labor conditions. We have set requirements for working conditions in mineral extraction when purchasing new laptops, as well as for decent wages for the producers of our workwear. Every year Agder Energi trades from approximately 1500 suppliers and spends 1.5 to 2 billion NOK on goods and services. We must constantly find a balance between meeting our needs and exerting our consumer power as responsibly as we can, concludes Purchasing Director Olav Ausel.