Environmental responsibility

A standardised reporting system
Measures have been taken to promote environmental responsibility throughout the Solar Group. By establishing a new  reporting  system and setting specific goals, Solar now has the possibility to improve our way of measuring and set goals for reducing our co2 emission in Solar Group

The world faces environmental challenges in the climate area. With businesses, including Solar, relying on natural resources for multiple reasons, new corporate efforts are needed to address environmental responsibilities.

As a result, in Solar, we actively prepare for a more sustainable future and focus on becoming part of the solution instead of only part of the problem. Therefore, we keep a constant focus on reducing our co2 emissions.

Since 2010, Solar has reported our emission to the Carbon Disclosure Project. Therefore, Solar has established a standardised reporting system for our CO2 emissions.

A clear agenda is necessary
In the beginning of 2016, we implemented a new strategy for carbon disclosure in all our subsidiaries in order to reach specific goals. The strategy dictates that
1) all company cars must be diesel driven, electrical or hybrid and with room for minimum 4 persons,
2) all trucks live up to European emission standards when agreements with transportation companies have been made,
3) to set focus on our use of water, set up conditions for car wash and replace existing toilets with water saving ones, and
4) eventually make recycling and separation of waste part of our goals.

“The strategy for our future goals to reduce our co2 emission is finished. Now we have a job to do in  implementing the improvements. By working together throughout the Solar Group we are stronger together, and we can reach our goals,” says Charlotte Bejerholm, responsible for the Carbon Disclosure Project in Solar Group.

The four areas mentioned above are carefully selected to support Solar’s business model.

Carbon Disclosure Project

CDP Facts and figures
Solar has been an active signatory to the UN Global Compact since 2009. This means that Solar has established a reporting system for activities covered by Global Compact's 10 principles. By signing up for Global Compact, Solar meets the reporting requirements of the Danish authorities applicable as of 2009.            

Therefore, we hereby state the figures which are going to be reportet to UN Global Compact as of 30.06.2018:

Environment Unit 2017      
Total emissions of greenhouse gasses Tonnes CO2e 23,105      
... of which company cars account for (Scope 1) Tonnes CO2e 4,956      
Diesel cars * MWh 19,823      
Gasoline cars* MWh 1,361      
Ethanol cars * MWh 0      
... of which energy use accounts for (Scope 2) Tonnes CO2e 4,550      
Electricity * MWh 15,852      
Heat (district heating, heating oil and gas) MWh 11,405      
... of which transport of goods by lorries accounts for (Scope 3) Tonnes CO2e 13,599      
Per full-time employee (Scope 1 & 2) Tonnes CO2e 3.35      
Per € 1 million of revenue (Scope 1 & 2) Tonnes CO2e 6.48      

It is still a challenge to get the needed information from distributors because not all of them are able to extract the specific figures.

Solar implemented restrictions concerning the need for travelling which resulted in less travel activity, compared to previous years. Furthermore, we have implemented a common booking platform which means that the figures for travelled air mileage is now more actual and accessible.

The number of kilometres driven in company cars went down, especially in Norway and the Netherlands.

Some of the figures were previously mere estimations, but now they are actual figures.

Code of Conduct Responsible sourcing

We want to be sure that the product we offer have been produced and transported in an ethical manner. Therefore, our suppliers have agreed to our Code of Conduct

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