AP2 employs a number of different methods to highlight and minimise the environmental impact of its activities. It was therefore a natural step for the Fund to introduce its own environmental management system, which is based on the City of Gothenburg’s Environmental Diploma.
The Fund was first certified in January 2009 and has been recertified annually since then. The system operates on the same basic principle as the ISO 14001 and EMAS systems but is better suited to smaller organisations. A special environmental group drives the Fund’s own environmental work and environmental training is provided continuously to all employees.
An internal environmental review shows that the largest environmental impact from AP2’s office comes from electricity consumption and carbon emissions associated with travel. Internal targets have been set based on the internal environmental policy. Among other things, 98 per cent of all business trips between Gothenburg and Stockholm are made by train. The Fund’s work to create a digital platform that enables modern working methods has proved very useful during the pandemic, as most meetings have been entirely or partly digital. The Fund’s business travel has fallen sharply due to the internal restrictions imposed in March.
AP2 has had a green lease agreement with the landlord Hufvudstaden since 2015. An action plan has been put in place to reduce the impact from AP2’s office. It includes only using green electricity, measures to reduce electricity consumption, improve waste management and other actions.