Green accounts

NERI’s action plan on environmental management and green purchasing policy is based on the Ministry of Environment and Energy’s policy and on the guidelines in the Ministry’s joint action plan. NERI’s green accounts reflect the fact that environmental management is regularly expanded to incorporate new areas. The emphasis is still on the consumption of energy and water, but waste and purchases of chemicals have been included since 1997 and the transport area was added in 1998.

In 1998, NERI enhanced efforts to influence and inspire the staff towards more environmentally sound behaviour. A green committee has been established at each NERI site. The committees deal with specific problems and propose new initiatives. In addition, NERI informs new members of staff about the environmental management project.

Consumption of water and energy is carefully monitored. In connection with the annual energy labelling, suggestions are made to reduce NERI’s total consumption of energy and water. A number of these suggestions are regularly implemented, for example in areas such as ventilation, lighting, refrigeration and freezing equipment, etc.

NERI prepares an internal energy report. The theme this year is a comparison of the consumption of resources in laboratories and offices. It transpires that the laboratory activities use twice as much heat and water and approx. four times as much electricity as if the buildings were exclusively used as offices.

The development in NERI’s consumption of energy, water and paper is shown in the figure. More detailed green accounts are included in NERI’s annual accounts.

The consumption of paper for photocopying and printing fell by 14% between 1997 and 1998. Only recycled paper is used. As something new, paper consumed in connection with externally produced publications is included in NERI’s green accounts from 1998.

Waste production by NERI in 1997 and 1998.

Transport study

In 1998, NERI analysed the staff’s official journeys and commuting to and from work. NERI staff travel a total of 2 million km annually in connection with official journeys. Individual transport by car accounts for just under half, while public transport (especially by aircraft) accounts for the remainder. The environmental impact expressed in terms of CO2 emissions amounted to 409 tonnes. NERI has also examined the possibilities for reducing pressure on the environment. In the case of travel between NERI’s sites, the greatest potential lies in switching from aircraft and car to train. NERI has therefore requested staff members to make as many of such journeys as possible by train.

Staff commuting between home and work amounts to 4.4 million km annually, or twice as much as the official journeys. NERI’s employees travel an average of 52 km daily to and from work. Two thirds of this transport takes place by car. The CO2 emissions amount to approx. 500 tonnes annually. The results of the study have been collated in a report which also surveys staff attitudes to various measures that could make daily transport more environmentally sound. On the basis of this report NERI will draw up a transport plan in 1999. In the first instance, NERI has initiated a cooperative venture with Risų National Laboratory (with which NERI shares a site) aimed at improving public transport to the site, and jointly assessing other initiatives that could help ensure more environmentally sound transport to and from work.

NERI's CO2 emissions (tonnes/year) apportioned by source.

Development in NERI's consumption of heat, electricity, water and paper.