AP2 works in a number of different ways to highlight and minimise the environmental impact of its own activities. It was therefore a natural step to introduce the Fund’s own environmental management system, based on the environmental certification issued by the City of Gothenburg.
The Fund was first certified in January 2009 and has been recertified annually since then. The system operates on the same basic principle as the ISO 14001 and EMAS systems, but is better adapted to smaller organisations. The in-house environmental inventory shows that the greatest environmental impact from AP2’s office comes from electrical energy use and carbon dioxide emissions associated with travel. Internal targets have been set up based on the Fund’s environmental policy. A special environmental group drives the Fund’s own environmental work and all employees undergo regular environmental training.
Since 2015, AP2 has a green lease agreement with the landlord Hufvudstaden. An action plan has been developed to reduce the environmental impact of the premises, including by only using green energy and implementing measures to reduce energy use and improve waste management. In 2018, AP2’s offices was redesigned as variation-based office. Sustainability was one of the factors included in the redesign project, meaning, among other things, that used furniture was purchased where possible. One of the results of the increase in mobile methods of working has been a reduction in the number of printouts. New video conferencing solutions make it more convenient to hold meetings remotely.