The new measures will substantially affect the company’s almost 7,000 employees, working from offices in 23 countries across the world. However, Lars-Peter is confident that it is possible:
“No matter how tragic and trying life during COVID-19 has been and continues to be, we’ve proven that we are capable of so much more, and at a much higher pace, than we could’ve imagined: During the COVID-19 lockdown, our travels ceased overnight – which means that in 2020 we will reach our carbon reduction target for 2030. Despite the lockdown, we succeeded in maintaining high productivity, while seeing increasing customer satisfaction, among other things thanks to frequent virtual contact to our customers. That proved to us that our new digital work patterns can be a force boosting our climate initiatives,” he says, stressing:
“Even though the 2020 situation with extremely low travel activity cannot be a permanent scenario for a company carrying out projects across the world, one thing is for sure: We’ll never fly to the same extent as we did pre-COVID-19.”
At the end of 2019, COWI launched its new sustainability strategy:
*This target has been achieved, e.g., via supplementary carbon offset credits related to an Indonesian wind farm.
**Without the use of carbon offset credits.
COWI’s mapping of the company’s carbon footprint: