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DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE SMART CITIES AND LOW-CARBON COMMUNITIES

We support the ongoing green transformation of the built environment into smart eco-cities, low-carbon communities, and net zero energy buildings.

Our environmental achievements

CDP’S GLOBAL A LIST

The best possible 100 A score in CDP's Global A list

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The first company to achieve the best A-class energy efficiency classification for elevator installations, according to the ISO 25745.

ENERGY USE

Between 2008 and 2016, we reduced our energy use carbon footprint relative to orders received by over 60%.

Our approach

For KONE, environmental responsibility is a combination of offering our customers innovative and eco-efficient solutions and reducing the environmental impacts of our operations.

KONE’S ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE PROGRAM

Our Environmental Excellence program supports the ongoing green transformation of the build environment into smart eco-cities, low-carbon communities, and net zero energy buildings.

SOLUTIONS FOR GREENER BUILDINGS

KONE’s current volume elevator, which is up to 90% more energy efficient compared to KONE elevators from the 1990’s, as well as our other energy efficient solutions, make us a pioneer in eco-efficiency.

REDUCING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

We aim to further reduce the environmental impact of our operations, particularly with regard to our operational carbon footprint as well as energy, material and water efficiency.

SOLUTIONS FOR GREENER BUILDINGS

We provide solutions and services that help our customers achieve their eco-efficiency goals during every phase of their buildings’ life cycles, from design and construction to maintenance and modernization.

SUPPORTING GREEN BUILDING DESIGN

Calculating our products’ energy use and enabling green building construction. We publish the environmental impact of KONE products and contribute to developing global energy management standards.

ECO-EFFICIENT INSTALLATION

Considering the environment when installing new equipment. Our well planned and efficient installation processes minimize the adverse environmental impacts of installation work, and our systems ensure we reduce our chemical use and handle waste efficiently on site.

EFFICIENT MAINTENANCE PROCESSES

Using smart technologies and a green vehicle fleet to minimize emissions and maximize efficiency. Remote monitoring solutions reduce unnecessary technician callouts. By carrying optimized spare part stocks in our vehicles we reduce warehouse visits, further decreasing emissions.

ECO-EFFICIENCY THROUGH MODERNIZATION

Applying a range of solutions to make the biggest difference with the lowest possible environmental impact. Our modernization solutions range from retrofitting LED lights to a completely new elevator with energy regeneration technology.

ECO-EFFICIENT OPERATIONS

Our operational environmental work focuses on reducing our carbon footprint and improving energy and material efficiency, lowering our water consumption and the amount of waste, while minimizing our use of hazardous substances.

REDUCING CARBON FOOTPRINT

KONE has been measuring its operational carbon footprint since 2008. Between 2008 and 2016, we have managed to reduce our Scope 1 and 2 carbon footprint relative to orders received by over 60% (calculations include Scope 1 direct energy and cooling gases as well as scope 2 indirect electricity and district heat).

LOGISTICS BIGGEST CONTRIBUTOR


Logistics operations were the major source of greenhouse gas emissions in KONE’s absolute carbon footprint, accounting for 149 ktCO2e in 2016 (2015: 148). We only use distribution models that take eco-efficiency into account, and we pay special attention to reducing the impact of transportation through route and shipment optimization, as well as through careful analysis of alternative transportation models.

VEHICLE FLEET

Of KONE’s operational greenhouse gases in 2016, 30% was emitted by our global vehicle fleet, making it the second biggest contributor in terms of our greenhouse gas emissions. We continuously search for new and innovative ways to reduce the carbon footprint of our vehicle fleet, for example by paying attention to fuel efficiency, piloting electric vehicles, and monitoring driver performance.

ENERGY SAVINGS AT FACILITIES

KONE has over 1,000 facilities globally, including office spaces and installation and service operation hubs. Our Global Facility Policy aims at developing fit-for-purpose facilities and eco-efficient operations. Our goal is to reduce facility-related carbon footprint, and we are constantly looking for ways to further improve space efficiency, optimize energy usage, increase the share of green electricity, and reduce waste and improve recycling, among many.

Read more from our Sustainability Report