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Responsibility as a service provider and as a customer

Environmental responsibility comes under the UN Sustainable Development Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure.

The PRH has set itself the following environmental responsibility objectives:

  • Our carbon footprint is at a sustainable level
  • Both as a service provider and as a customer, we are able to lower our carbon footprint to sustainable levels by the year 2030.

In addition to the environmental impacts of our premises, purchases and events, environmental responsibility also comprises other environmental impacts arising from our activities. These include the utilisation rate of our online services and the projects to promote digitalisation.

Environmental responsibility also includes the patents we have granted and registered trademarks that are relevant to sustainable development.

PRH’s environmental footprint or the negative impacts of our activities on the operating environment

Our premises at Sörnäisten rantatie 13 in Helsinki have been rented from Senate Properties, which monitors the consumption of electricity, heat and other energy in the premises. We share the building with the State Treasury.

The PRH’s archives at Antinkatu 1 in Helsinki are located in a subleasing site and Senate Properties does not monitor energy consumption in these facilities. However, as part of its facility management system, Senate Properties is also able to calculate the energy consumption of the sites not included in consumption monitoring.

Consumption of electricity and heat in our premises at Sörnäisten rantatie 13 in Helsinki decreased during 2023.

Consumption data for 2021-2023 at Sörnäisten rantatie 13

2023 252.79 MWh 503.28 MWh
2022 374.60 MWh 659.29 MWh
2021 347.31 MWh 784.12 MWh

The calculated estimate for energy consumption at Antinkatu 1 in 2023 was higher than in the previous years.

Calculated estimate for consumption data for 2021-2023 at Antinkatu 1

2023 83.03 MWh 116.66 MWh
2022 36.35 MWh 80.68 MWh
2021 36.35 MWh 80.68 MWh


As in previous years, the emissions generated by energy consumption at Sörnäisten rantatie 13 totalled zero g/kWh because Senate Properties purchases carbon-neutral district heating and electricity generated with renewable energy.

The emissions from Antinkatu 1 can be estimated using average emission coefficients (Helen, district heating 193.9 kgCO2/MWh and residual energy mix 471.27 kg/MWh). 

Based on these assumptions, electricity consumption at Antinkatu 1 generated 39,129 kg of carbon dioxide emissions, and district heating resulted in 22,621 kg of carbon dioxide emissions. Thus, the emissions totalled 61,750 kg.

Ecologically sustainable procurement

In 2023, the PRH commissioned a procurement indicator analysis from Hansel, which includes a carbon footprint report on procurement. The report presents the carbon dioxide emissions generated by procurement by procurement category. The biggest carbon footprint arising from our procurement is generated by ICT contracts.

The PRH makes extensive use of Hansel’s joint procurement agreements and ecological sustainability is a consideration in many of them. The suppliers taking part in Hansel’s dynamic purchasing system (DPS) for lT consulting must meet the following environmental requirements when joining DPS:

  • The supplier has a written organisation-level set of instructions and description of the methods to promote energy efficiency and to reduce the environmental load caused by the provision of the service to be purchased.
  • The supplier must ensure that the personnel taking part in the provision of the service to be purchased know how to make environmentally friendly choices (including choices saving energy).
  • The supplier works to implement indicators that can be used to determine the achievement of objectives in the field of environmental friendliness and energy efficiency.

During 2023, we also purchased more environmentally friendly official vehicles as a replacement for the previous ones.

Proposals for acts of responsibility

The PRH staff members submitting the following proposals for acts of environmental responsibility received a small award:

  • Introducing green code requirements for IT suppliers and code
  • The requirement will be incorporated in new IT contracts.