“Making climate action a competition is really smart.”
Success Story | KLP Banken
KLP is Norway’s largest pension company. KLP’s responsibility is to provide secure and competitive pensions in a responsible and sustainable manner. KLP uses UNs sustainability goals as a framework for how they work with sustainability.
They invest in renewable energy, work to increase environmental awareness and knowledge to their customers, as well as actively working to reduce climate gas emissions.
As an Eco-Lighthouse Certified company KLP releases environmental reports with the results they’re achieving in reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions annually.
Climate-related issues can have consequences for a number of sectors, and thus affecting the value of KLP’s investments. In KLP we therefore work toward increasing knowledge and awareness about climate as a financial risk.
KLP is, for example, together with a number of other investors, involved in a pilot project organized by the UN Environment Program’s Financial Initiative (UNEP FI). The project is to test tools that analyze climate risk in listed stocks and bonds. The analysis addresses both physical and transitional risks.
KLP’s work on increasing knowledge and competence applies both internally in their own organization as well as for other companies.
So, as a pilot project, KLP Banken decided to run a climate challenge to make their work with the SDGs and climate emissions on company level more relevant to their employees. They wanted to highlight how important their own impact is – and maybe even more important – that they together could create excitement for reaching their goals.
Communicating what the company was already doing was important to KLP, who arranged a sustainability week, the week before the challenge started. Here they used Ducky’s Footprint Calculator to encourage employees to calculate their own footprint. This would provide them with a starting point before their quest to save emissions. “The positive approach to climate communication was very good!” says Mari Svendsen, one of the project leaders of the climate challenge.
Over 2 weeks, 61 co-workers at KLP Banken competed to save the most CO2e.
Some additional fun facts:
- KLP arranged a sustainability week before the climate challenge started, focusing on what they already do on a company level.
- KLP Banken was the first to test the “Hero of the Day” concept, aimed at acknowledging participants’ efforts in the ongoing climate challenge.
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More than 100 pupils at Firda VGS participated in a Climate Challenge. Because the pilot was so successful, the school will now join 10 other schools in Sogn & Fjordane County to compete in the first National Climate Championship in January 2020.
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