An increasingly connected world
The development toward a connected world can be summarized as digitization and automation reinforcing relationships, increasing efficiency, and facilitating innovation. New technology does not just change our way of life, but our values and relationships as well.
With technical development comes threats to privacy, security flaws, data breaches, cybercrime, and growing gaps between different groups within society.
The solution to many serious societal challenges depends on mankind’s ability to use new and existing technology. Based on our competence in new products and services, such as artificial intelligence, automation, and robots, we are well-positioned to take part in and influence the digitization of society in a positive direction.
New technology – lower consumption of resources
Energy, water, food, and raw materials are some examples of scarce resources. New technology can contribute to increased efficiency and lowered consumption of resources. However, very little currently indicates that technological development, in and of itself, is the answer. Instead, the recycling of resources must increase, and a circular economy should be stimulated.
At Knowit, we have every possibility of creating new business models based on digitization, in line with the underlying ideas of the circular economy: lower input, greater efficiency, and less resource wasting.
The climate – how we contribute to lower emissions
By developing services that help clients gain information on their direct and indirect impact – for instance by following up on energy usage – that provide transparency regarding the carbon dioxide impact of e-commerce, and that streamline logistics and transport, we can contribute to lower emissions.
Our competence contributes to increased efficiency with the help of smart power meters and other digital solutions. We also increase connectivity, promote the use of public transportation or renewable energy sources, and provide systems that gather information about energy usage, so our clients can increase transparency as regards their CO2emissions.
The road from a climate-neutral operation in 2019 to a fossil-free operation in 2045
During 2018 and 2019 we have, together with around 40 other companies in the digitalization consultancy sector, worked to create a roadmap towards a fossil-free, climate-positive, and competitive digitalization consultancy sector. The plan was drafted at the request of the Swedish government, within the framework of Fossil-Free Sweden.
One aspect of the roadmap is that we have committed to halve the CO2 emission from our own operations by 2030, as compared with 2018, and to be entirely fossil-free no later than 2045. To succeed with that, we need to decrease our flying and extend the lifespans of our computers and cellphones, among other thing. Based on our climate report for 2019, we can see that our joint sustainability efforts have started to have an effect and that we are on the right path. Still, like all other companies and operations, we are just at the beginning of our transformation.
Annual climate reports on our climate footprint
Since 2018, we have drafted annual climate reports to understand how our climate footprint is developing and which measures need to be taken in order for us to have at least halved our CO2e emissions by 2030 as compared with 2018, and to be entirely fossil-free by 2045. The reports are made in accordance with Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, an international reporting standard to estimate and report on the climate impact of an enterprise.
The climate reports encompass our direct emissions, such as travel to and from work and on business, as well as indirect emissions from electricity, heating and cooling of offices spaces, materials and goods in connection with the renovation of offices, waste, and transport. We also measure and report on our climate impact due to operation of servers for our own use and for the clients when we service them with operative capacity. Based on the climate reports and through active measures, conscious choices, and carbon offsetting, we are now a climate-neutral company since January 1 2019. The calculations in our climate reports are made in accordance with a standard on climate neutrality called PAS 2060. Our climate neutrality has been reviewed and confirmed by ZeroMission in accordance with the standard.
Environmental certification under ISO 14001:2015
It is important for us to combine the needs and requirements of our clients with our environmental knowledge. Therefore, we continually educate ourselves in environmental issues. Parts of Knowit are environmentally certified in accordance with ISO 14001:2015.