Humana strives to reduce the operations' negative environmental impact by, among other things, traveling climate-smart, facilitating teleworking, installing solar cells and switching to more environmentally friendly heating. With our new carbon dioxide index, we will follow up our initiatives.

Environmental policy

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

Humana’s climate impact is mostly through transport by car along with the development and operation of care homes. This includes heating and electricity as well as purchases and handling of food, beverages, consumables and medicine.

Carbon index

Humana endeavours to reduce the climate impact of its operations. We developed a ­carbon index during the year based on ­emissions as measured per the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG). The calculations are based on measured and estimated data from all operations and countries in the Group
and general emission factors.

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

  • Scope 1 recognises direct ­emissions from car travel within operations and from heating with fuel oil.
  • Scope 2 recognises indirect emissions from purchased electricity and district heating.
  • Scope 3 rec­ognises indirect emissions from centrally booked air travel. We intend to continue to collect data so we can report additional indirect emissions, thereby increasing our understanding of how to reduce the Group’s negative climate impact.

According to the data collection and delimitations made, Humana’s emissions in 2020 total 5,781 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents, compared to 6,505 tonnes in 2019, a decrease of 11 percent. The goal is for this to decrease further in 2021.

Humana’s travel policy 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 through more virtual project teams and online meetings. Compared with 2019, Humana’s car travel in 2020 decreased by 14 percent and air travel by 60 percent, mostly due to the pandemic. The few Humana properties that are still being heated with fuel oil are being retrofitted with more eco-friendly heating methods.

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


2020 2019
Scope 1: Emissions from own vehicles and own energy generation (company cars, oil) 

3,950 4,578
Scope 2: Indirect emissions from purchase of electricity and district heating

1,766 1,766
Scope 3: Emissions from business travel (air)

65 162
TOTAL 5 781 6 505


Scope 1: Based on measured fuel volumes for own vehicles. The oil consumption is based on measured and estimated volumes, where 2019 estimates are partly based on 2020 data.

Scope 2: Based on measured and estimated electricity and district heating consumption, where 2019 estimates are based on 2020 data.

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

Environmental criterias for new homes

Humana requires that the following criteria be met for all newly constructed buildings: energy use should be at least 20 percent lower than required by law, solar cells must be installed if conditions allow and all lighting fixtures should use low-energy technology.

All elderly care homes to be opened in 2021 will be equipped with charging points for electric cars, and several existing elderly care and LSS homes already have solar panels and charging points.

Humana's elderly care home in Växjö is certified as LEED Platinum and Skanska Dark Green, which means it is a nearly net zero energy building. The new elderly care home in Norrtälje that opens in 2021 will be certified at the Sweden Green Building Council's Silver class.

All Humana's operations work to reduce food waste and garbage.


The management teams in the Individual & Family business area have ISO 14001 certification for the environment and ISO 9001 certification for quality. Humana is also working on structures and processes for local units where they use checklists and other aids to develop their own environmental plans.