Environmental Care

Strategic target: Zero emissions

Cramo is focused on being the most climate- and resource-efficient rental solutions company. We will work continuously to mitigate our climate impact by reducing energy use and emissions, switching to fossil-free energy sources, reducing and recycling materials, reducing waste and handling hazardous waste properly. We take a precautionary approach to environmental considerations in procurement decisions and the selection of suppliers as well as in our customer dialogues.
– from the Cramo Care Policy

Environmental Care
Topics Key performance indicator Target Outcome 2018 Outcome 2017 Outcome 2016 Status1
Resource efficiency CO2e emissions, scope 1 and 22 (relative to sales) <15 tonnes/MEUR (equals >20% decrease vs 2016) 15.6 tonnes/MEUR 17.5 tonnes/MEUR 18.4 tonnes/MEUR  
  Energy usage, scope 1 and 2 (relative to sales) <76 MWh/MEUR (equals >20% decrease vs 2016) 92.5 MWh/MEUR 89.2 MWh/MEUR 94.5 MWh/MEUR  
  Share of mixed waste2 <20% by 2020 28% 30% 38%  
  Share of operations covered by ISO 14001 (relative to sales) All operations covered by ISO 14001 by 2020 80% 81% 82%  

1  CRAMO Joo nappula Taulukko On-going – excellent progress or Target achieved     CRAMO Vaiheessa nappula Taulukko On-going – on track     CRAMO Ei nappula Taulukko On-going – not on track
2 A market-based method is used to calculate CO2e emissions from electricity.


Implementation in 2018

Improving energy efficiency

A key aspect of our sustainability work is reducing energy use in transport, lighting and heating. Our rental services include the transport of machinery, equipment and modular space units to our customers. Items are also transported between depots. With route optimisation and improved driving patterns, we strive to reduce the number and duration of transports, thus also reducing emissions.

Another important aspect is reducing business travel. We promote and facilitate online and phone meetings whenever possible, and video conferences are increasingly used throughout the Group.

Energy use, scope 1 and 2 relative to sales increased in 2018, to 92.5 MWh/MEUR (89.2 MWh/MEUR in 2017). In the year ahead, we will further analyse the reasons for the increase and take necessary actions.

All depot signage upgraded with LED lighting

In 2016, we decided to upgrade the lighting for all our depot signage at over 300 locations with LED lights. Implementation started in 2017 and was completed in 2018. As a result of the upgrade, both energy use and energy costs of depot signage are expected to be cut by 65%. 

Increased use of renewable energy

Use of energy is critical to Cramo. We work continuously to mitigate our climate impact by reducing energy use and switching to fossil-free energy sources wherever possible. In 2018, Finland switched to renewable electricity, increasing the share of electricity from renewable sources at the Group level from 56% to 75%. The switch equals a reduction of 1,000 tonnes of CO2e.

CO2 emissions, scope 1 and 2 relative to sales decreased in 2018, to 15.6 tonnes/MEUR (17.5 tonnes/MEUR in 2017).

Sharp focus on sorting waste

We work systematically to increase material efficiency and to reduce waste, especially mixed waste and waste to landfill. Priorities include the handling of hazardous waste and increasing the share of waste for recycling.

In 2018, we continued our focus on waste handling. In the majority of our depots and at headquarters, sorting and recycling waste is part of our daily routines. In some countries, however, local circumstances complicate the implementation of an efficient system for waste handling. In those countries, Cramo is studying potential alternatives to improve the sorting and recycling of waste.

In 2018, the Czech Republic and Slovakia started implementing the use of containers for sorted waste, including required documentation to ensure regular waste disposal.

In Sweden, a systematic review of Cramo’s depots was begun in 2018. The review, conducted by an external service provider, covers areas such as identifying materials suitable for sorting, adequacy of signs, proper emptying intervals, the handling of hazardous waste and sorting of metals. A review was carried out for a majority of the 90 depots in 2018, and in the event any shortcomings were identified, a report with recommendations was delivered to the depot and regional manager. 

Share of mixed waste decreased in 2018, to 28% (30% in 2017).

Climate Emissions, ton CO2e
  ER Scandinavia ER Finland and Eastern Europe ER Central Europe Modular Space
Direct energy usage 2,670 2,742 1,696 481
– company owned vehicles 2,446 2,676 1,523 392
– heating 224 66 173 89
Purchased energy 264 2,762 791 93
– electricity 48 1,905 658 88
– heating 216 857 133 5


Energy usage, MWh
  ER Scandinavia ER Finland and Eastern Europe ER Central Europe Modular Space
Direct energy consumption 10,838 10,928 6,731 1,932
– company owned vehicles 9,903 10,633 6,028 1,572
– heating 935 295 702 360
Purchased energy 23,743 10,987 1,715 1,141
– electricity 14,939 5,163 1,006 861
– heating 8,804 5,824 709 280


Waste and Recycling
  ER Scandinavia ER Finland and Eastern Europe ER Central Europe1 Modular Space
Total weight of waste, tonnes 2,562 1,365 56 542
Of which:        
– non-hazardous waste 1,974 1,324 46 522
– hazardous waste 588 41 10 20
Of which:        
– non-mixed waste 2,289 614 28 338
– mixed waste 273 751 28 204
Handling method, non-hazardous waste, %        
– recycling 911 537 18 135
– waste to landfil 102 0 0 67
– incineration 961 355 0 131
– unspecified2 0 432 28 189
Handling method, hazardous waste, %        
– recycling 501 23 0 7
– waste to landfill 14 0 0 0
– incineration 73 0 0 12
– unspecified2 0 18 10 1

1 Austria, Germany and Hungary are excluded due to difficulties obtaining the information required from suppliers.
2. All waste is treated by reliable suppliers, according to national laws and regulations. The information regarding handling method is not available.



Our focus on energy efficiency and waste handling will continue in 2019. We will also continue with the implementation of our common management system, including ISO Management Standard 14001.