Our sustainability strategy

Environment and climate

Our ambition and objectives

To avert the climate crisis, action is needed from all parts of society including governments, companies and individuals. At DNV, we take our responsibility to minimize our environmental impact very seriously and environmental protection is embodied in our purpose to protect life, property and the environment. Our sustainability and climate strategy focuses on reducing the environmental footprint of our business. 

Although our operations have been carbon neutral for two years, we are committed to reducing carbon emissions across the business by 50%, sourcing 100% renewable electricity, focusing on lower-carbon business travel and becoming carbon positive by 2025. We have also committed to setting a science-based target to reduce our carbon emissions in line with the 1.5°C pathway of the Paris Climate Agreement. Beyond our own impact, we use our technical expertise to accelerate the energy transition, working with customers to support them in achieving their sustainability objectives (see Sustainable innovations and Markets sections).

Progress in 2021

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Understanding our employees’ commuting patterns

To get an accurate view of our indirect emissions for 2021, we needed to understand how our employees commute to work and to calculate the emissions from travel. But with COVID-19 disrupting normal working patterns and imposing varying degrees of homeworking in countries around the world, gathering information on our employees’ commuting patterns was a challenge. 

To overcome this issue, we constructed a commuting survey identifying the number of days per week employees were working in the office while also mapping the different means of transportation our people were using to commute to our offices. The survey was run in Norway, Germany, China and North America, countries that account for 48% of our employees. Norway had the highest response rate with 57% of employees responding and overall we received sufficient responses from the rest of the countries to make a solid estimation of emissions from employee commuting. 

We have calculated emissions from commuting to be 5,165 tCO2e, around 20% of our total greenhouse gas emissions. To continue improving our understanding and identify changes in commuting patterns (especially post-COVID), we will run the survey every year. 

The survey also included an open response question to which factors would influence employees to choose more environmentally-friendly transport for their commute. The response rate was impressively high and has given us valuable insights that can feed into future initiatives. It has also increased awareness and engagement among employees when it comes to sustainable travel.

Looking ahead

Our 2025 strategy includes ambitious plans to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, switch to renewable electricity and work towards being climate positive by 2025. In 2022 we aim to:

  • Design a roadmap to reach 100% renewable electricity by 2025 in the most effective and transparent manner. 
  • Reduce emissions from business travel by 30%. All business areas are actively working to limit air travel and consider alternative travel options. 
  • Expand our monitoring and reporting of value chain emissions, including emissions from vendors, contractors and our supply chain. 
  • Continue to develop a methodology for measuring and demonstrating the impact of our work on our selected SDGs. 
  • Engage and involve employees in our sustainability initiatives. 
  • Continue reducing single-use plastic waste across all our offices through campaigns and by engaging with our service providers. 
  • We will continue to work on projects that support our goal of becoming climate net positive by 2025, meaning that we will absorb and store more carbon than we emit.

Approach

Our purpose directs us to safeguard the environment. Our aim is to continuously reduce the environmental footprint of our own operations and help customers do the same. We aim to use our expertise to make a positive contribution to the SDGs and the 1.5°C pathway of the Paris Climate Agreement (see also the Sustainable innovations section). 

As signatories to the UN Global Compact, we take a precautionary approach to managing our environmental and climate impacts. Our Code of Conduct (see the Ethics and integrity section) also commits us to reduce the environmental impact of our operations, procurement, investments, and property management. 

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Metrics and data

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