Sustainable development is not only important for the entire Ilmatar Group, but it is also the foundation of our entire existence. Our contribution to solving one of the greatest challenges of our time, the climate crisis, forms the backbone of our entire business model.
We do our part in preventing climate change by developing, owning and operating the largest renewable energy production capacity in the Nordic countries. We do so by replacing fossil fuels with solar and wind power, both on land and at sea.
We want to do more than just increase the production of green energy. We want to do it as sustainably as possible for the environment, people and society.
Our vision is to intensively contribute to the construction of large-scale solar energy in Sweden. This way, we can also provide our customers with inexpensive, reliable energy. Our customers can in turn minimize their environmental footprint which helps to reach our national climate target.
Large-scale solar energy is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to reduce environmental impact. Solar cells do not emit greenhouse gases when they generate energy. Indeed, solar energy is one of the best options for the environment, even when considering emissions from manufacturing the solar cells and building infrastructure.
The emissions during the entire life cycle of solar parks amount to approximately 18 gCO2/kWh. That is just a little more than wind power, which is by far the most eco-friendly form of energy. It is however still significantly less than bioenergy, gas or coal whose greenhouse gases are manifold. Emissions from coal, for example, are about 40 times higher than those from solar energy.
ESG broadly refers to how sustainable and responsible a company’s corporate governance is. It means that a company not only bears responsibility for the environment, but also acts against corruption, discrimination and human rights violations, among other things.
Ilmatar joined the UN Global Compact in 2021. We are committed to its Ten Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
The UN Global Compact aims to develop and facilitate the progress of the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of companies and societies.
The UN’s global Sustainable Development Goals are at the heart of what we do. We focus primarily on the following:
Goal 3: Take good care of our employees’ health, safety and well-being. We bring significant regional economic benefits to our project localities
Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 14: We take seafloor, ocean health and marine biodiversity into consideration when planning offshore wind power
Goal 15: We take care of people and the environment. Preserving biodiversity is at the core of our sustainability efforts in both wind and solar power projects
Goal 17: With our partners, we make innovation possible and support the green transition in the Nordics. We invest in developmental cooperation with the government, municipalities and educational institutes. We are a responsible partner and expect the same commitment from our stakeholders
We at Ilmatar subscribe to fair working conditions for all our employees. Likewise, we ensure that the same applies to those who work for our subcontractors. We treat our employees and partners equally and have an absolute zero-tolerance policy against all forms of discrimination and harassment. Furthermore, we do not tolerate any form of forced labour or the use of child labour, and we respect employees’ freedom of association.
We are proud to be part of the UN’s Global Compact Business & Human Rights Accelerator, a six-month international program aimed at businesses in different sectors and regions. The program is pragmatic in nature and will help us to move from promises to actions regarding human and labour rights. We look forward to bringing together a network of colleagues to work together to promote respect for human and labour rights globally in business and supply chains.
Ilmatar Solar is a member of Svensk Solenergi, which is an industry association with about 280 member companies and the leading voice for Swedish solar energy. Membership in Svensk Solenergi requires ethics, product quality, professional competence and appropriate organization. An important piece of the puzzle is sustainable supply chains for the products that our member companies use or provide. Sweden Solar takes the issue of sustainability very seriously and believes that a credible European label is needed – one that is third-party certified and ensures a sustainable supply chain without, for example, human rights risks. In the meantime, each individual company must do its part to minimize risks in its own supply chain.
Ilmatar Solar is a member of ETI Sverige, which is a multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together companies, trade unions, civil society and public actors to ensure good working conditions and human rights in global supply chains. ETI Sverige offers training, advice, tools and a platform for collaboration.
This is where companies and organizations in all industries meet to learn from each other and develop more effective methods for sustainable supply chains.