Humana works to reduce the business's negative environmental impact by, among other things, traveling climate-smart, facilitating teleworking, installing solar panels and switching to more environmentally friendly heating. By measuring greenhouse gas emissions, we follow up our initiatives.

Environmental policy

Humana's environmental work is based on the company’s environmen­ tal policy. Here, climate and resource efficiency are defined as guiding crite­ ria. Our environmental efforts are based on the principles of precaution and substitution. Each of Humana’s units strives continuously to work resource­efficiently and to minimise environmental impact and lower costs. It is mandatory for all of Humana’s employees to undergo the company’s digital sustainability training.

Humana impacts the environment and climate mostly through road trans­ port and through the development and operation of care homes. In opera­tions, this includes heating and elec­tricity as well as purchases and han­ dling of for example food, beverages and consumables.

Environmental criterias for new homes

Humana requires that energy use in all new builds is at least 20 percent lower than legal requirements, that solar panels are installed where possible and that all lighting uses low­energy technology.

Humana’s new elderly care home in Norrtälje Hamn, which opened in 2021, is certified at the Silver level by the Green Building Council, meaning that it meets strict standards for acous­ tic environment, ventilation and sun shading.

All five elderly care homes that Humana opened under own manage­ ment in 2021 are equipped with com­ fort cooling to keep the living environ­ ment comfortable during heat waves. They also have charging points for electric vehicles. Several existing elderly care and group homes already have solar panels and charging points. Humana’s elderly care home in Växjö is a nearly­zero energy building certified to LEED Platinum and Dark Green in Skanska’s own environmental system.

All of Humana’s operations work to reduce food waste and rubbish.

Certifications

The management teams in the Individ­ ual & Family business area have ISO 14001 management system certification for the environment and ISO 9001 certification for quality. We are also working on structures and processes for our units where they develop their own environmental plans.

Greenhouse gas emissions

Humana strives to reduce the climate impact of our operations. We mea­sure and report on our greenhouse gas emissions according to the Green­house Gas Protocol (GHG). The calcu­lations are based on measured and estimated data from all operations and countries in the Group and emission factors.

The table illustrates emissions divided according to the GHG Proto­col’s three scopes.

  • Scope 1 covers direct emissions from car travel within Humana’s operations and from heat­ ing with fuel oil.
  • Scope 2 covers indi­rect emissions from purchased electric­ity and district heating.
  • Scope 3 covers indirect emissions from centrally booked air travel.

In 2021 we screened other areas within scope 3 and started a measures and target analysis for our continued work on climate issues.

According to the data collection and delimitations made, Humana’s emis­sions for 2021 total 6,621 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents compared to 7,769 tonnes in 2020. This is a reduction of 15 percent, primarily thanks to new agreements on renew­ able electricity in Norway and the phasing out of oil­fired boilers. The goal is to reduce emissions further in 2022.

Humana encourages employees to travel climate­ smart and to use com­pany vehicles efficiently. Besides reduc­ing travel, Humana wants to facilitate remote working as much as possible. Humana has agreements for renewal electricity in Sweden and Nor­way. In all countries, heating systems that use oil are continuing to be replaced.

Table: Humana's carbon footprint, CO2e (tonne)

 

2021 2020
Scope 1: Emissions from own vehicles and own energy generation (company cars, oil) 

3,911 3,753
Scope 2: Indirect emissions from purchase of electricity and district heating

2,619 3,931
Scope 3: Emissions from business travel (air)

91 85
TOTAL 6 621 7 769

 

Scope 1: Based on measured fuel volumes for own vehicles. The oil consumption is based on measured and estimated volumes.

Scope 2: Based on measured and estimated electricity and district heating consumption.

Scope 3: Based on travel agencies’ emission calculations for air travel, booked centrally in Sweden and Norway.

Compared with the total figure of 5,781 CO2e reported for 2020 in the 2020 annual and sustainability report, updates of the following data have been made in the calculations in 2021, which have changed the total figure: the emission factor for electricity has changed in line with the GHG protocol and has been calculated using a market-based method. The emission factor for vehicle emissions has been adjusted to correspond to direct emissions, while an RFI factor has been added for business trips by air.