Environmental sustainability

We enable our customers to become more resource efficient

The information and communications technology (ICT) industry is a key stakeholder in transforming our society’s way of operating, to become more environmentally sustainable and to mitigate climate change. For us to effectively enable other stakeholders to reduce their environmental footprint, we must first take care of our own carbon emissions.

Climate change mitigation and reducing carbon emissions are two of our main targets and have been part of Elisa’s strategy implementation since 2009.

We have set Science Based Targets initiative 2030 targets, as well as a target of zero emissions (including supply chain emissions) by 2040, in line with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) Net-Zero Standard.

We report our carbon footprint annually in the CDP questionnaire. Elisa's climate report for investors and global markets has been annually rated among the best of Nordic telecom companies. Our latest rating is A.

Elisa environmental sustainability in brief

Material topics

  • Minimising our emissions
  • Improving material efficiency
  • Driving climate innovations with customers

Focus areas


    • Near-term climate target: reduce absolute scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions by 42% by 2030 from the base year 2021 
    • Net-zero target: reduce absolute scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions 90% by 2040 from the base year 2021 
    • Mobile access energy consumption / GB 
    • Emission savings
    • Carbon handprint improvement 

    Governance bodies

    • Corporate Executive Board 
    • Corporate Responsibility Management Board
    • Environment & Energy Working Group
    • Energy Market Steering Team

    Employee awareness

    • Elisa mission workshops
    • Training for policies and management systems
    • Training around sustainable procurement
    • Internal communication and external campaigns

    Our way of working for environmental impact

    Creating a carbon neutral society

    At Elisa we work to reduce our own carbon footprint, and that of our supply chain and customers. We continuously improve resource efficiency in our own operations, encourage our supply chain to do the same, and offer digital solutions that enable our customers to create value in a more sustainable way.

    Read more about Elisa's environmental governance, described according to TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure).

    Our approach to environmental strategy

    Focusing on climate and energy

    Elisa's Environmental Policy and management system guide our work to decrease our key environmental impacts. We are committed to improve the environmental impacts of our business and to promote environmentally sustainable operations. We monitor Elisa's carbon footprint and energy efficiency performance. We regularly review material climate risks and perform energy audits on different levels.

    Read more about Elisa's environmental strategy, described according to TCFD.

    We support our customers in reducing their carbon emissions

    Enabling solutions for better sustainability

    When solutions by Elisa enable customers to reduce their own carbon emission footprint, we talk about Elisa’s carbon handprint. By measuring this impact, we see how Elisa’s mission of a sustainable future through digitalisation contributes to climate transition in society.

    • We recycle used devices and offer repair service (Fonum)
    • Elisa Polystar helps operators in network optimisation and reducing electricity consumption, download the white-paper to see how
    • Elisa IndustrIQ offers improved energy and material efficiency
    • We utilise waste heat from data centers

    Mitigation and adaptation to climate risks

    Increasing resource efficiency in operations

    A significant part of the ICT industry's environmental impacts come from the manufacturing of hardware and devices. This production involves consumption of raw materials, water and energy, It is essential for the industry to promote improvements in resource efficient manufacturing as well as recycling.

    Read more about Elisa's environmental risk management, described according to TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure).

    Our ambitious climate targets

    Aligning with the 1.5 celcius target of the Paris Agreement

    In 2018, Elisa became the first Finnish operator to set science-based climate targets. Elisa has already achieved the target of reducing the absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions of its own operations by 50% from 2016 levels by 2025.

    We have now set new science-based targets where we commit to achieving our near-term climate targets by 2030 without offsetting and, in the longer term, we set a zero emissions target for 2040, which means that in practice we will ensure that there are no carbon emissions in the supply chain either.

    Read more about Elisa's environmental metrics and targets, described according to TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure).