Environment

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90
%

Reduced carbon from emissions from 2014 baseline(Scope 2)

94
%

Renewable electricity

96
%
Waste recovery rate, manufacturing sites
91
%

Employees working on ISO 14001 certified sites

Vaisala´s Environmental Impacts

We aim to continuously reduce the environmental impact of our product portfolio, business operations, and supply chain. We regularly assess our environmental impacts as part of our ISO 14001 certified environmental manage­ment system. The most significant environmental aspects related to our operations are energy consumption, waste management, water consumption, the materials our products contain, and indirect emissions. Such emissions arise from purchased products and services, business travel, logistics, energy consumption during product use, and the disposal of products at the end of their life cycles.

Environmental Impacts

Products

A significant portion of the environmental impacts generated by our products arise during their use. Our industrial products and solutions help our customers improve their environmental performance, and our weather measurement solutions support decision-making in the society by providing a wide range of critical information.

The environmental footprint generated by products over their life cycle can be af­fected during the product design phase. Our product development process includes environmental requirements, and many of the required product qualities, such as energy efficiency and maintainability, are beneficial for the environment. The update­ability and modular design of many of our products, combined with our field services, extend the product life cycle, which typically ranges from a year to over 20 years. However, we are aware that the global scarcity of resources and changing environ­mental regulations require us to improve our product design process continuously.

To ensure that our products are safe for people and the environment, we set strict requirements during the product design process for the materials used in our prod­ucts. We analyze the components early on in the new product development process to ensure compliance. Between 2016 and 2018, our product engineers analyzed more than 20,000 components used in our product portfolio. We cooperate with our component suppliers to ensure that the components delivered to Vaisala contain only allowed materials. We select new suppliers carefully and ensure that they meet our strict requirements.

At the end of product life cycle, we advise customers to recycle the products in accordance with local regulations or to return them to Vaisala for recycling.