Reducing the environmental impact of our operations

KONE's operational environmental work focuses on reducing our carbon footprint and improving energy and material efficiency, as well as lowering our water consumption, waste and use of hazardous substances. We work with our suppliers and customers to minimise the emissions and other adverse environmental impacts of our business operations and to prevent them altogether whenever possible. 

In 2014, KONE's absolute operational carbon footprint amounted to 326 (2013: 316) ktCO2e (thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent). The increase is mainly a result of growth in employee headcount, sales and production volumes. 

During the year, KONE's operational carbon footprint relative to net sales decreased by 1.8% compared to 2013. The operational carbon footprint of externally assured scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 9.1% relative to net sales. The absolute scope 1 and 2 carbon footprint decreased by 4.8% whereas KONE's sales volumes increased by 5.8%.

Relative operational carbon footprint

Data assured externally


2012
2013
2014
YoY
Vehicle fleet (Scope 1)
kgCO₂e / Unit in service
83.1
77.4
73.7
-4.8%
Electricity (Scope 2)
kgCO₂e / Headcount
1055
1018*
863
-15.2%
Business air travel (Scope 3)
kgCO₂e / Headcount
335*
397*
380*
-4.3%
Logistics (Scope 3)
kgCO₂e / Unit
1088
1039
1023
-1.6%
Overall operations
kgCO₂e / KEUR sales
47.2*
45.7*
44.9
-1.8%

* restated

60%

Between 2008 and 2014, we have managed to reduce our energy use carbon footprint relative to orders received by 60%. *