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Sampo Group measures the environmental impact of its own operations by calculating GHG emissions. Emissions reduction targets are set on subsidiary level, in order to acknowledge the characteristics of each individual company and its ability to set targets. Hastings, for example, is a CarbonNeutral® company and Topdanmark has set a goal to be carbon neutral by 2030. If has signed the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and committed to set science-based targets in accordance with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5°C. The work to identify and set targets has already begun at If.
If, Hastings, Mandatum, and Sampo plc offset the emissions caused by their own operations through certified offsetting projects. All carbon offset projects contribute significantly also to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
If, Mandatum, Hastings and Sampo plc purchase electricity from renewable sources.
GHG Emissions by Scope, Sampo Group
|Scope 1 – Direct GHG emissions||1,867.5||1,515.0||1,534.1|
|Scope 2 – Indirect GHG emissions||2,458.5||2,886.6||2,929.0|
|Scope 3 – Other indirect GHG emissions||6,314.9||6,925.1||11,950.1|
|Scope 1-3 GHG emissions, total||10,641.3||11,326.8||16,413.2|
|GHG emissions per employee||0.89||1.26||1.86|
* Excluding Hastings
GHG Emissions by Company, Sampo Group
|Sampo Group, total||10,641.3||11,326.8||16,413.2|
Source of GHG Emissions, Sampo Group
|IT and cloud services||20.8||14.5||6.5|
|Stationary and mobile combustion||17.5||13.4||9.4|
|Fuel and energy related activities||10.6||11.4||7.5|
|Heating and cooling||4.4||6.7||5.3|
* Excluding Hastings
More information is available in the Group companies’ sustainability reports.
In October 2021, If committed to the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The SBTi drives ambitious climate action in the private sector by enabling companies to set science-based climate targets for the reduction of GHG emissions. Following the commitment, If will develop the targets, submit them for validation, and communicate them externally within 24 months. All targets must cover a minimum of five years and a maximum of 15 years from the date the target is submitted to the SBTi.
If is a financial institution, and therefore the company follows SBTi’s sector-specific guidelines for the financial sector. If’s investment portfolio represents a majority of If’s total GHG emissions, and If will set targets for aligning the investment portfolio with the Paris Climate Agreement.
Although it is not required by the SBTi, If will also set targets for its claims handling. Claims represent a substantial proportion of the company’s total emissions and, therefore, there is a possibility to make a difference by requiring and supporting the company’s claims contractors to work ambitiously on sustainability, e.g., by reducing material use, by repairing and reusing instead of using new parts, and by recycling.
In addition, If will develop targets for company vehicles, offices (energy and electricity use, waste, office supplies, water, and IT equipment) and business travel. These emissions represent a relatively small proportion of the company’s total emissions compared to investments and claims, but If wants to continue to do everything it can in this area too.
Topdanmark’s goal is to become carbon neutral by 2030. The scope includes the operation of the company buildings (consumption of natural gas, district heating, and energy consumption), business travel by car (use of company cars for business travel and use of private cars for business travel), and air travel. The baseline year for emissions is 2019. The goal has been approved by the company’s Board of Directors, and the responsibility for the actual implementation is with the Sustainability Steering Group.
Actions leading to carbon neutrality, Topdanmark
|Focus area||Action plan|
Operation of the company’s buildings
Use of company cars (Topdanmark has leased approximately 100 cars)
|Use of private cars for business travel (primarily business-related driving in privately owned cars by the company’s salespeople and claims adjusters)||
Air travel (primarily external IT developers employed by Topdanmark in connection with different projects, travel to investor meetings, other business meetings and conferences, etc.)
To further the company's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, Hastings has an ambition to work towards being a net-zero company by 2050. Hastings will use science-based targets and the analysis phase is expected to begin in 2022. The company has set a target to have reduced its GHG emissions by 50 per cent at the end of 2023 against its 2019 emissions and is on track to achieve this.
Hastings is a certified CarbonNeutral® organisation for 2020 and 2021 with all emissions calculations verified and offset through purchasing of various Gold Standard emission reduction projects.
During 2021, Hastings extended the data captured across Scope 3 emissions to include usage of consumables such as paper, IT equipment, and business-related accommodation. This will enable a baseline to be captured in 2021 with the intention to set new reduction targets in 2022.
During 2022, Hastings will launch a sustainable travel plan to support and encourage employees to use more environmentally friendly methods of transport, achievable through working with local councils, public transport providers, and offering a range of discounts and benefits. The aim of the travel plan is to set a baseline for employee commuting emissions and to set targets to further reduce Scope 3 emissions.