Tech companies in Estonia pledge to go climate neutral


Telia and more than 30 technology companies in Estonia have signed a Green Pledge at Tallinn Digital Summit, promising to take their operations to a completely environmentally sustainable basis by 2030.

The companies have taken this step due to the scale of global climate and environmental challenges and are prepared to find innovative solutions to these acute problems.

With the Green Pledge, the Estonian technology sector is prioritizing the environment as an integral part of their business. More specific targets and action plan to complement the Pledge will be compiled by the end of 2019.

To date, a total of 33 technology companies in Estonia and organizations have joined the Tech Green Pledge. All like-minded national as well as international tech companies are invited to join the initiative.

Robert Pajos, CEO of Telia Estonia, introduced the Tech Green Pledge and the aim behind to digital ministers of EU, local and international media at the recent Tallinn Digital Summit. He says more work will be done in cooperation with interested parties and experts who share the same values and can help to achieve the set goals.

“Innovative digital solutions make it possible to modernize also rather carbon-intensive industries, such as for example logistics and agriculture. We promise that in addition to reducing our own footprint, we will continue to actively help digitalize our customers´ businesses, drive innovation, and work with broader awareness of environmental issues,” he says.

The pledge is well in line with Telia Company’s Daring Goals, committing to be CO2 neutral with zero waste, not only within its own operations, but throughout the value chain by 2030.

According to one of the signatories of the Tech Green Pledge, Martin Villig, the founder of Bolt, climate change will also bring along a change in economic models.

“Tech companies can manage change by acting more sustainably on their own or by providing technology solutions to that end to others. We want to develop a technical climate and environmental index that will provide companies with important information about the environmental footprint that they produce,” Villig says.