Annual Report and Sustainability Report 2020

SUSTAINABILITY

We are continually making improvements

Climate and Environmental Accounts for 2020

The Group adopted in 2016 a target of reducing CO2 greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent relative to turnover or in absolute figures by the end of 2020, with the baseline in figures from 2015.  During these five years, the company has undergone major changes and experienced strong growth, both organically and by acquisition. In 2020, the business has been influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in reduced travel, while we have increased our turnover.

2020 ended up being a significantly different year than we planned, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will also show in the climate accounts. The trend from previous years showed a relatively flat development for our greenhouse gas emissions. 2020 has shown that we have moved in the right direction, by achieving a significant reduction in emissions measured relative to turnover, by 33 per cent from the base year 2015, and a 28 per cent reduction relative to the number of full-time equivalents. The data quality and scope of the figures for the climate accounts have also been significantly improved in the period 2015–2020, which has resulted in higher figures for emissions, especially related to air flights and freight. This means that early-period figures can be said to be imprecise and might be too low, compared to figures from the end of the period, given the improvement in the measurement method we have experienced.

We are continuously working on improvements and will establish a new climate strategy effective from 2021 with a new baseline and new climate targets.

2015
2020
Change
Total emissions CO2 (tonn) 
Total emissions CO2 (tonn) 
39 268
40 619
+3.4%
Revenues (MNOK) 
Revenues (MNOK) 
17 032
25 612
+50%
CO2 emissions relative to sales
(metric tonnes / MNOK) 
CO2 emissions relative to sales
(metric tonnes / MNOK) 
2.4
1.6
-33%
CO2 emissions relative to man-years of labour (metric tonnes/ man-years of labour) 
CO2 emissions relative to man-years of labour (metric tonnes/ man-years of labour) 
5.3
3.8
-28%

CO2 emissions

Total 40,619 MT
(+3.4% from 2015 (baseline year))

Direct emissions3)4)

MT

1,229 MT

Our direct and indirect emissions relative to energy consumption indicate a reduction, the same applies to emissions relative to flights and transport of goods, compared to 2019. This is primarily due to effects from the COVID-19 pandemic. See the ratios in the tables for CO2 emissions, energy consumption and waste.

CO2 emissions

Metric tonnes
Metric tonnes
Changes in the last year
20204)
20194)
2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scope 1 (Direct emissions)3)
Scope 1 (Direct emissions)3)
-2%
1 229
1 251
830
Oil and gas (business area)
Oil and gas (business area)
1 188
1 210
631
Oil and gas (Kongsberg Technology Park)
Oil and gas (Kongsberg Technology Park)
40
41
199
 
 
Scope 2 (Indirect emissions)3)
Scope 2 (Indirect emissions)3)
-5%
13 891
14 672
10 290
Electricity (business area)
Electricity (business area)
11 104
11 912
8 521
Electricity (Kongsberg Technology Park)
Electricity (Kongsberg Technology Park)
1 359
1 670
1 766
District heating from external suppliers
District heating from external suppliers
1 410
1 081
3
District cooling from external suppliers
District cooling from external suppliers
18
9
0
 
 
Scope 3 (Other emissions)
Scope 3 (Other emissions)
-76%
7 979
33 782
16 800
Flights purchased in Norway
Flights purchased in Norway
6 051
23 885
10 224
Flights purchased abroad
Flights purchased abroad
1 928
9 897
6 576
 
 
Total without shipping
Total without shipping
-54%
23 098
49 705
27 920
Transport of goods and products paid for in Norway
Transport of goods and products paid for in Norway
-28%
17 590
24 4095)
7 546
Total including shipping
Total including shipping
-45%
40 619
74 114
35 466

The environmental accounts includes the following sources of CO2 emissions:

  • Direct emissions (Scope 1): Emissions from the use of fuel oil and gas for heating and processes, as well as from the production of district heating at Kongsberg Technology Park.
  • Indirect emissions from electricity (Scope 2): Emissions from electricity consumption and district heating or cooling from external suppliers. The CO2 emission factors used for electricity are location-based and in accordance with GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance 1).
  • Emissions from flights and the transport of goods and products (Scope 3): Emissions from flights and emissions associated with the transport of goods and merchandise 2).



1) Source: 2015 data from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, UK. www.ukconversionfactorscarbon­smart.co.ukFor Norway, a location-based factor of 50t CO2/GWh has been used (this emission factor for Norway has also been used in previous reporting years).
2) CO2 emissions from transport are limited to import, export and domestic transport, payable in Norway.
3) CO2 emissions (metric tonnes) for KONGSBERG. Emissions from the consumption of fossil fuels for the production of district heating supplied by Kongsberg Technology Park are included in direct emissions. Indirect emissions include the consumption of electricity, district heating and cooling from external suppliers within the business areas, as well as the consumption of electricity for the production of district heating and cooling in Kongsberg Technology Park.
4) The figures for 2019 include acquired companies. The figures for 2020 are exclusive the disposed subsidiary Hydroid.
5) The figures for 2019 are corrected for changes in reporting format for freight.

Energy consumption

Total 167.06 GWh
(-6% from 2019)

Electricity

GWh

122.51 GWh 

Graphs: The energy consumption for 2019 include aquired companies. The figures for 2020 are exclusive the disposed subsidiary Hydroid. The figures include electricity, oil and gas, as well as recycled energy used by Kongsberg Technology Park for the production of district heating, district cooling and compressed air also supplied to non-­KONGSBERG companies. See the ratios in the tables for CO2 emissions, energy consumption and waste.

KONGSBERG uses energy in the form of electricity, district heating, district cooling, gas and heating oil in its operations. Kongsberg Technology Park produces district heating, district cooling and compressed air for businesses based in the technology parks in Kongsberg. Approximately half is supplied to other businesses in the technology park. District heating and district cooling are produced using electricity, heating oil, gas and heat recovery. Efficient technology makes it possible to recover in the range of 20-26 GWh heat at the facility at Kongsberg Technology Park. The use of as much recovered heat as possible in the facility is desirable, as this helps reduce a similar consumption of oil, gas and electricity. In 2020, 26 GWh was recovered at the facility.

Waste

Total 7,420 MT
(-5% from 2019)

Residual waste

MT

1,029 MT

Graphs: The energy consumption for 2019 include aquired companies. The figures for 2020 are exclusive the disposed subsidiary Hydroid. See the ratios in the tables for CO2 emissions, energy consumption and waste.

Waste volumes are included in KONGSBERG’s internal environmental reporting, where waste generated is divided into waste categories and waste for recycling divided into recycling fractions.

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