Sustainable IT

Tieto sees digitalization as a key driver for sustainable development. With our strong customer knowledge and experience, technology expertise, and ecosystem of innovation, we are committed to pursuing the opportunities of the data-driven world to create value for people, business and society.

Sustainable IT is a broad term describing the different dimensions of minimizing the environmental impact of IT - i.e. the manufacturing, use and disposal of IT over the lifecycle - as well as concepts or IT and technologies with a positive sustainability impact for people, business and society at large, such as cloud and IoT (Internet of Things).

The positive impacts of IT span over economic, social as well as environmental areas. In healthcare and welfare, digital solutions have opened totally new opportunities for patients as well as society at large. As one example, Tieto’s next generation IT solution for social care and healthcare, Lifecare, aims for an unbroken chain, where information is seamlessly shared and available in the right place, at the right time, for the best possible care. This solution is used across the Nordics within home care, elderly care and dental care, to mention a few areas.

Tieto envisions a future in which information is the biggest driver of continuously increasing social, economic as well as environmental values. Data flowing between people, machines and environment can be gathered and turned into information, supporting smarter decisions and innovation. As one example, Tieto’s Industrial Internet start-up is engaged in a long-term collaboration with HSB Living Lab, Sweden, to innovate IT solutions that enhance future living. More than 2 000 sensors have been installed in the living lab building, collecting data on everything from energy and water consumption to material behaviour and safety solutions in the homes - information which can be analyzed for making more sustainable housing decisions, for instance related to environmentally friendly washing solutions or smart refrigeration. 

Measuring the sustainability impacts of IT

According to the Global eSustainability Initiative Smarter 2030 report, ICT can enable a 20% reduction of global CO2e (CO2 equivalent) emissions by 2030, thus holding emissions at 2015 levels. The report also states that emissions avoided through the use of ICT are nearly ten times greater than the emissions generated by deploying it.

In 2016, the CO2 emission avoidance for customers enabled through our services reached 228 ktons CO2.

Tieto has measured the positive sustainability impacts of IT since 2010 by calculating the CO2 emission avoidance enabled by the use of our digital transaction services and other identified services replacing paper. Based on our calculations, the CO2 emission avoidance amounted to 228 ktons in 2016 (223) with these services alone. 1

Avoided emissions

1) The services include Ahjo Helsinki paperless decision making, B2B e-transaction replacing paper, bank contract changes or product openings, bank marketing campaign materials, bank secure mails, electronic account statements, secondary school applications, insurance policy documents, corporate reporting in pension, new customer applications and contracts.