Focus on sustainability

Coor’s Carbon Insight shows where we can reduce our emissions

DSB is one of around 20 companies that tested Coor’s Carbon Insight service during the year. Aske Mastrup Wieth-Knudsen, Head of Sustainability at DSB, says that the service is helping DSB to identify areas for improvement and prioritise measures.
Hanna Cedervall, Group Sustainability Manager at Coor, who helped develop Carbon Insight, describes it as follows:
”The customer receives a report containing climate data, including a breakdown of emissions by each service in our delivery. The service is helpful for the customers when they make their own climate impact assessments and also enables us to identify common focus areas that we can work on together.”

Valuable insights on Scope 3 emissions
DSB has long been working to reduce its CO2e emissions, and when the company signed up to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), it began to place a stronger emphasis on emissions from suppliers, known as Scope 3 emissions.

”We have committed to science-based climate targets in line with the Paris Agreement, and Coor’s service gives us valuable insights into our Scope 3 emissions, enabling us to identify areas for improvement and prioritise measures using concrete and detailed data. The data shows, for example, that more than half of our CO2e emissions linked to Coor’s delivery come from the food and beverages category, which means that we can target our efforts there to maximise the impact,” Aske Mastrup Wieth-Knudsen says.

”This type of insight is necessary for us to be able to drive the change required to meet the 1.5°C target. To reduce emissions, we need to start by measuring them. We are one of the first Nordic companies to offer a climate impact assessment service, which is a type of service that is becoming increasingly important as legislation is tightened and more companies join the SBTi,” Hanna Cedervall adds.

In addition to showing where the emissions come from, Carbon Insight also shows how they have been calculated based on the GHG Protocol. The service primarily shows activity-based data calculated on the basis of quantities such as kilograms and litres. Where this is not possible, the calculations are instead based on expenses for purchased volumes.

”We are constantly developing our services and our goal is to replace the current hybrid calculation model with a model that relies solely on activity-based data,” Hanna Cedervall explains.

Increased demand for detailed sustainability data
Aske Mastrup Wieth-Knudsen welcomes more activity-based climate impact assessments and would also like to see a system where emissions data is seamlessly integrated into invoices, for example. This, he believes, would provide real-time insights for more effective decision-making.

“For us, it is valuable to have a dialogue with DSB and other customers with ambitious climate goals. I am convinced that the use of climate impact assessments is set to snowball and that AI will have a role to play in producing reliable real-time data,” Hanna Cedervall comments.

In addition to new technology expanding the boundaries for what we can measure and monitor, the agenda is being moved forward by increasingly strict legislation.

“The climate data required by our customers is often the same that we want from our suppliers. We have also noticed a growing interest among our end users and in society at large. The challenge is the same regardless of who you are, whatever company or industry you represent – that’s why we need to make more of an effort to work together on these issues,” Hanna Cedervall says. Aske Mastrup Wieth-Knudsen agrees:

“We are increasingly looking at how to set climate targets in new contracts. Companies that provide activity-based emissions data will become more competitive. This will be an essential parameter in the future,” he concludes.

Carbon insight

  • Shows detailed carbon footprints for the specific services and products purchased by Coor’s customers.
  • The data is based on Coor’s direct and indirect Scope 1–3 GHG emissions (see below). The data is broken down by customer and by purchase category in each service area.
How emissions are presented
  • The GHG Protocol = a common standard for calculating emissions.
  • Scope 1 = the company’s own emissions
  • Scope 2 = emissions from energy use
  • Scope 3 = indirect emissions originating from the company’s value chain, including suppliers, customers and use of products. Represents the broadest and most complex aspects of climate impacts, which need to be addressed to produce a comprehensive climate impact assessment.
  • Activity-based data = quantitative measurements of activities that generate emissions, as opposed to template-based calculations.