Given that climate action failure is now categorised as one of the most significant and pervasive global risks, we at Netcompany-Intrasoft constantly strive to understand the environmental risks associated with our daily work and actively look for opportunities to mitigate them. Our environmental commitment relates to the impact of our operations and processes, the environmental performance of the properties we use, as well as the reduction of energy consumption.
We monitor a variety of environmental indicators in all our offices worldwide, including energy use, carbon emissions, air quality, water consumption, waste generated and non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations. In addition, we remain steadfast in our commitment to sustainability, and we are doing even more to ensure that our selection of collaborative partnerships and suppliers is in line with our environmental standards.
Commitment to Minimising our Environmental Footprint
At Netcompany-Intrasoft, we have an established environmental policy, created in accordance with the requirements of our Environmental Management System that was updated in 2020. The policy, which is aligned with the Company’s environmental ambitions, is also a reference document for our external stakeholders to better understand our actions in reducing our environmental impact. The policy is applicable to all operations, regardless of their location.
The purpose of the policy is to provide high-level principles over the short and long term regarding the Company’s key environmental challenges. More specifically, we acknowledge our responsibility to actively contribute to the efforts to protect the environment, address climate change and conserve natural resources by implementing the following actions:
- comply with environmental legislation and other requirements;
- continuously assess the environmental impact of our activities;
- monitor environmental performance indicators;
- set targets and long-term goals;
- apply environmental standards and use environment-friendly technologies;
- assess suppliers and encourage them to align with standards;
- provide environmental awareness training to employees;
- encourage all stakeholders to implement the environmental policy;
- continuously improve the Environmental Management System.
Our Management Systems
Our efforts are coming to fruition, as we are continuously eliminating and/or minimising our environmental impacts while pursuing the expansion and implementation of our environmentally targeted actions. Our commitment to protecting the environment is demonstrated by our ISO 14001:2015 certified Environmental Management System that covers our offices in Greece, Luxembourg, Belgium and Romania.
During 2021, akin to previous years, we implemented the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), a premium management instrument developed by the European Commission for companies and organisations to evaluate, report and improve their environmental performance. Our commitment to environmental protection has led us to pursue continuous improvement, which is ensured by the EMAS guidelines.
We work towards reducing our impact within operations by considering sustainability as a crucial factor in the provision of services and production of digital products. To measure our sustainability performance, we ensure full understanding of the environmental implications of our business activities. Our approach to environmental sustainability focuses on five primary areas: energy efficiency, carbon emissions management, waste management, water reduction and electromagnetic waves.
Carbon emissions management
The climate impact of our activities is a key focus. In addition to Scope 1 and 2 emissions, we have started monitoring and reporting on absolute numbers of our carbon Scope 3 emissions from employee commuting for the first time ever. We aim to set a number of short- and long-term targets, including the reduction of Scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon emissions.
We aspire to use our purchasing power and technology to change the way we consume energy. As a result, we have increased the energy efficiency at our premises. Beyond our operations, we work with customers and partners to enable greater environmentally driven outcomes aligned with our best practices. Actions include:
- office renovation to achieve low-energy consumption;
- lighting retrofit by upgrading light fixtures to LED;
- heating systems upgrade;
- effective campaign implementation, including stickers on energy-intensive equipment, light switches in rooms that do not require constant lighting and equipment that should be turned off at the end of the day;
- motion sensors in toilet facilities.
Our water consumption comes from our employees’ personal use and cleaning facilities. We implement actions to focus on responsible water use and to minimise water contamination across our operations. We have managed to make our people ambassadors for building a sustainable future, embracing water-conservation solutions on a regular basis. Actions include:
- installation of sensor taps in lavatories;
- continuous water quality monitoring;
- visible stickers in kitchens, lavatories and other water points to encourage people to use water efficiently.
We take responsibility for our entire environmental footprint. We aim to promote reuse and recycling, enabling a more resource-efficient and productive economy. At our premises, printing paper and toners make up the largest part of our waste generation. Actions include:
- use of waste-related indicators to measure and track the amount of waste generation resulting from our activities;
- recycling all wastepaper (1.23 tonnes in Greece), toners and batteries (64 tonnes in Greece);
- initiatives to promote recycling such as “Say goodbye to plastic”.
Following our focus on the measurement of air and water quality undertaken in 2020, our focus throughout 2021 shifted towards the measurement of electromagnetic waves in our offices in Athens and Thessaloniki. While electromagnetic waves are vital to how we sense and experience the world, they can also be responsible for a collection of adverse symptoms as a result of even low levels of exposure. Thus, placing our people at the centre of our value creation, we made the measurement of electromagnetic waves an urgent priority in 2021.
We Create Value for the Environment through our Digital Services
At Netcompany-Intrasoft, we believe that technology services and solutions, when combined with end-to-end security and a responsible approach to innovation, not only transform the businesses of our customers, suppliers and business partners, but also be a key driver for environmental sustainability globally.
To that end, we prioritise innovation with our partners and EU project participants, using technology as a means of solving major environmental challenges. We believe that technology can be used to help address the biggest issues facing humanity. Indicative projects that contribute to environmental protection:
AFarCloud will provide a distributed platform for autonomous farming allowing the integration and cooperation of agriculture cyber physical systems in real-time to increase efficiency, productivity, animal health and food quality, and to reduce farm labour costs.
CYBELE generates innovation and creates value in the domain of agri-food, and its verticals in the sub-domains of PA and PLF specifically, as demonstrated by the real-life industrial cases to be supported, empower capacity building within the industrial and research community.
PoP-Machina aims to demonstrate the power and potential of the maker movement and collaborative production for the EU circular economy. We draw from a number of cutting-edge technologies (factory-of-the-future, blockchain) and disciplines (urban planning, architecture) to provide the support necessary to overcome scaling issues.
DigiPrime has the mission to develop a new circular economy digital platform concept that overcomes current information asymmetry among value-chain stakeholders. This will unlock new circular business models based on the data-enhanced recovery and re-use of functions and materials from high valueadded post-use products with a cross-sectorial approach.
The Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) is acknowledged as a promising solution for the sustainable development of aquaculture. The highlevel ambition of the IMPAQT project is to drive a paradigm shift in the EU Industry, paving the way to both a more environmentally friendly and more efficient/higher yielding European Industry.
The DEMETER project is a large-scale deployment of farmer-centric interoperable smart farming IoTbased platforms delivered through a series of 20 pilots across 18 countries (15 EU Member States).
CERESIS aims to provide a win-win sustainable solution by facilitating land decontamination through phytoremediation and growing energy crops to produce clean biofuels. In the longer term, this will increase the land available for agriculture, while producing non-ILUC biofuel.
The challenges of extracting valuable knowledge and commercial value from data, leading to more accurate predictions and better analytics holds an unprecedented opportunity to shift the traditional methodologies, techniques and tools of information extraction into new dimensions by cracking the problem of extreme scale data analytics.
Our targets for 2022 and onwards
- Target 1: Set science-based targets for emissions
- Target 2: Reduce annual energy by 5%
- Target 3: Commit to carbon neutrality
- Target 4: Measure Scope 3 emissions from air travel
- Target 5: Achieve 0 cases of non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations
- Target 6: Implement training and awareness raising for employees on the rational use of energy