Working to halve our carbon footprint

Environmental sustainability for Coor means protecting the environment by actively trying to reduce our own and our customers´ environmental impact as well as optimizing resource utilization.

Overall objective and strategy

The overall ambition within environmental responsibility is to protect the environment by actively trying to reduce our own and our customers’ environmental impact, as well as to reduce the resource utilization – both activites carried out in-house and by suppliers.

In order to achieve this, we aim for improved environmental performance by acting as a green advisor to help clients reduce their environmental impact as well as actively reduce our own environmental impact, i.e. energy usage, waste management, chemical use, carbon emissions from transports and raw materials handling. Our goal is to halve our carbon footprint to 2025.

Activities aimed at reducing the climate impact of our daily operations are being carried out continuously. This is done partly through the services we provide and partly at Coor’s own offices. We have a major responsibility for the impact of our own operations and at the same time a big opportunity to support our customers in their environmental efforts.

A growing number of companies in the construction and real estate industries have realised the importance of building sustainably, and the market is also increasingly demanding that new buildings be constructed in a sustainable way. Coor Norway is a member of the Norwegian Green Building Council, a non-profit member organisation that brings together nearly 300 companies from the Norwegian construction and real estate industry.

The Council also manages the international BREEAM In-Use certification scheme, which is aimed at reducing operating costs, energy use and the environmental footprint of existing commercial buildings.

 

Two thirds of the environmental impact of clothing comes from the usage phase. Washing, drying and ironing account for around three quarters of the energy and water consumed in the lifecycle of a garment; a single wash can  consume 60 litres of water. Over a third of the microplastics that end up in the ocean and in ecosystems are thought to come from washing of synthetic fabrics.

Start-up company Mimbly’s business idea is to make the lifecycle of clothes and textiles less resource-intensive and more sustainable. Mimbly’s solution involves using water in a smarter way and stopping all plastics from ending up in nature. These water and energy savings and the reduction of microplastic emissions inspired.

Coor’s innovation team to initiate a partnership during the year. Coor’s goal is to help start-ups with a positive environmental impact enter their potential market in less time. Coor was the first company to test the technology, which is very simple to install in new and existing washing machines. During the year, the first Mimbox was connected to Coor’s washing machines at the company’s head office in Stockholm and put into operation. The potential water savings range from 50 to 70 per cent, and the water filter filters out microplastics from the wash water, preventing them from spreading. The filter used in the Mimbox has been designed to have a long service life, with minimal service requirements. The system can be connected to one or several washing machines.