Achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 means that we must reduce our operations’ direct and indirect carbon dioxide emissions to zero. On the area of emissions resulting directly from our own operations, we are committed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025.
The primary tool in reducing our carbon footprint is to make changes in our operations and supply chain, for example by switching to renewable energy sources. Carbon offset is a secondary means for us, to be used when it is not possible to further reduce our emission levels.
Oriola’s carbon footprint consists of three emission groups: direct emissions, which includes refrigerant leaks; emissions from purchased energy; and indirect emissions in the supply chain. The carbon footprint has been calculated in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol accounting principles and covers the whole company.
In 2021, we significantly reduced the share of energy related emissions (2% in 2021, 14% in 2020) and direct emissions (7% in 2021, 13% in 2020) in our carbon footprint. This was mainly due to increasing the share of renewable electricity to 100% and switching to renewable district heating at our distribution centre in Finland. The direct emissions were reduced for example due to using more environmentally friendly refrigerants.
Transport is Oriola's largest source of indirect emissions, as suppliers are responsible for the entire transport network. Close cooperation with transport partners makes it possible to reduce emissions by for example optimising routes, using capacity efficiently and expanding the use of alternative fuels. For example, in Sweden the share of renewable fuels in our transport was around 40% in 2021. In Finland, the share of biofuels has increased from 40% to nearly 95% over the past two years in our pharmacy deliveries in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. To monitor transport emissions, we also require transport partners to regularly report emissions.
Transport emissions can also be impacted at our distribution centres, for example by improving the filling rate of transport boxes, which reduces the number of boxes delivered to customers.
Our goal is that we use only renewable electricity and carbon-neutral heat by the end of 2022.