Environmental impact of the Group’s own activities

Environmental impact of the Group’s own activities

Property management

Hafslund owns and leases properties in Oslo, Akershus and Østfold. Some of these are sublet to third parties. During 2011 Hafslund occupied an area of around 31,000 m2, with energy consumption totalling approximately 7.2 GWh, 0.9 GWh of which came from the Group’s own district heating output. Energy consumption decreased in most buildings from 2010 to 2011, due to both milder weather and to an increased focus on energy consumption.
The company is endeavouring to further reduce energy consumption in its buildings. Heightened energy monitoring is an important tool in this context. Hafslund’s in-house system, Hafslund Online, is also used for this purpose. Efficient space utilisation in the properties represents a further important measure.
The head office at Drammensveien 144 was certified as an Environmental Beacon in 2010. In 2011 work was performed to prepare the Conference Centre at Hafslund Manor for certification under the same scheme. Certification is due to be completed in 2012.

Transport and communication

The company’s head office at Skøyen is extremely close to a major public transport hub for trains, buses and trams. This makes it possible for many employees to take public transport to and from work. The Hafslund Group had a fleet of around 105 motor vehicles at its disposal in 2011, of which around 20 were electric cars. Some of the e-cars are included in a pool, and can be used by staff for travel to and from meetings. This also makes it possible to reduce private car use. The total petrol consumption of Hafslund’s car fleet was around 22,000 litres and the diesel consumption around 93,000 litres.

Many employees also use their own vehicles for business travel. Consumption of fuel for this purpose is estimated at 83,000 litres.
The Group’s employees undertook around 300 flights during 2011 which were registered through the company’s travel agent. This is a lot less than the actual figure, due to the fact that many trips are ordered directly through airlines. At around 160 tonnes, CO2 emissions are estimated to be on a par with 2010.
The Group’s unequivocal goal is to further reduce its transport-related environmental impact. Employees are encouraged to use telephone and video conferences so far as such is practically possible, and for which the company can provide excellent facilities. These are used regularly, in particular for communication between the head office and subsidiaries.

When new vehicles are purchased stringent environmental requirements are set in order to ensure that vehicles are no larger than they need to be. In accordance with these requirements, an environmentally friendly alternative shall be chosen to cater for the transport requirement in question.
Employees with high business-mileage can also receive training on fuel-efficient driving.

ICT

Hafslund continued to focus on “Green IT” in 2011. This essentially involves reducing the number of servers through virtualisation, as, in addition to being economically efficient this reduces the need for both electricity and cooling. The number of virtual servers has increased significantly since 2010.

Purchased services

Hafslund is a major purchaser of various external transport, logistics and construction services. In particular Networks and Heat are important players in this regard, through extensive plant activities in population centres. Such activities can impact the environment in the form of noise and local pollution. Hafslund endeavours to make such activities as little harmful as possible, and also tries to provide accurate and timely information to affected parties. In many cases such measures are required in order to reduce the long-term environmental impact, for example with the burying of district heating pipes or upgrading of the power grid.