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
Knowit publish its first annual climate report. The report is made in accordance with Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, an international reporting standard to estimate and report on the climate impact of an enterprise including scope 1, 2 & 3.
Roadmap for a fossil-free Sweden. During 2018 we, 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.
Knowit is declared as climate-neutral in accordance with PAS 2060. The calculations in the climate reports are made in accordance with a standard on climate neutrality called PAS 2060. The climate neutrality is reviewed and confirmed by ZeroMission in accordance with the standard. Based on the climate reports and through active measures, conscious choices, and carbon offsetting, Knowit is declared a climate-neutral company since January 1, 2019.
Hand-over of the digitalization consultancy’s fossil-free roadmap to the Swedish Government. One aspect of the roadmap was the commitment 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 things.
Knowit becomes an active member of the non-profit industry association Digitaliseringskonsulterna (The digitization consultants) who gather consulting companies behind the fossil-free roadmap and an ambitious climate agenda. The purpose of the association is to collaborate to help society see and use the opportunities of digitalization to drive rapid climate change. The association must work actively to support politics, business and the public sector in understanding how Sweden through digitalization, design, change management and innovation can be rapidly transformed into a fossil-free welfare state with increased competitiveness and growth as a result.
Knowit becomes a partner to the Exponential Roadmap Initiative. Knowit is taking the next step in its long-term sustainability efforts, becoming a supporting partner to the Exponential Roadmap Initiative. The partnership means that Knowit is acting in line with the 1.5°C Business Playbook and aims to continuously support its clients in integrating climate into their business strategies and digital transformations. The goals are to contribute to halving global emissions before 2030, as a step towards net zero, and to contribute to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees.
Knowit joins the UN Race to Zero campaign. Through the partnership with Exponential Roadmap, Knowit joins the UN’s global climate campaign Race to Zero.
Knowit joins UN global Compact (UNGC). As a UNGC member, we are committed to actively working with sustainability matters and annually reporting the progress of our sustainability efforts to the UN. The membership also involves a responsibility to promote the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals and ten principles connected to international conventions on human rights, labor law, the environment, and fighting corruption.
Knowit implemented a four-pillar disclosure model in its sustainability report, based on the Exponential Roadmap’s 1.5°C Business Playbook, to illustrate the ambition, strategies, and progress within its sustainability efforts.
Knowit joins the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) and sets science-based targets and commits to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 Green House Gas (GHG) emissions 50% by 2030 from a 2019 base year. Knowit also commits to reduce its absolute scope 3 emissions from purchased goods and services, business travel, and employee commuting 50% within the same timeframe.
In addition, Knowit introduce a new sustainability target. Based on the commitment to actively contribute to the UN Agenda 2030 and the development of society, with a particular focus on positive environmental and climate impact. By 2030, 80% of Knowit’s net sales shall contribute to at least one of the UN sustainable development goals where Knowit can make the largest difference. In 2021, 67% of net sales contribute to at least one of the nine sustainable development goals where Knowit can make the largest difference. Among the 17 UN SDGs, Knowit has selected SDGs 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, and 16.
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.