Carbon Footprint HÅG AS
A Greenhouse Gas Account
Climate change is seen as the largest global environmental challenge today. Changes in the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere leads to increased global average temperatures within the lower part of the atmosphere, again influencing the climate. Continued emissions of greenhouse gases are expected to cause a general temperature increase and more extreme weather such as flood, dry weather and hurricanes, leading to melting of glaciers, augmentation of ocean level and desertification.
Through a greenhouse gas account, HÅG AS wishes to focus on the climate change challenges by mapping emissions from their facilities as well as throughout the whole value chain for the products they produce.
The greenhouse gas account of HÅG AS gives a number of approximately 2500 tonnes CO2-equivalents emitted from production and sales sites, from energy use, from transport activities and travels and for waste handling related to production and products for the year 2007. When raw material extraction and production of components for chairs delivered to the production facilities in Røros are included, the total number increases to just below 15 000 tonnes CO2-equivalents emitted for the year 2007. Another activity with significant influence on the total greenhouse gas emissions are transport of chairs to customer. For head quarter and sales offices, the company travels and travels to and from work are the activities with the largest emissions of greenhouse gases.
A few indirect emissions are not included such as those from producing office supplies and other items consumed by the company or associated with services such as public relations. However, the potential mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from the carbon sources stored in the produced chairs and the subsequential reduction of greenhouse gas emissions are also not calculated. The effects of these omissions are not analysed.