ENVIRONMENT

BUSINESS: 207 PRACTICES


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Initiative

DECREASE OF ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION

DECREASE OF ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION
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OPAP S.A.

OPAP was founded in 1958 and is the leading company of the Greek gaming industry. It is an integral part of the country, showcasing continuous and consistent contribution to the socio-economic development of Greece.

 

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Objective Action

We recognize that our business sustainability goes side by side with social growth and prosperity, a principle we have followed throughout the 58 years of our operation in Greece. Thus, one of our key objectives is to build and maintain community trust and support, since the contribution to their sustainable development is also an investment in our own future. 

 

 

Target Audience

All OPAP Group employees.  

 

Duration

The application of OPAP strategy on environmental protection is ongoing.


Description

Although OPAP is a labor-intensive services company without being involved in manufacturing activities, it has developed a certified Environmental Management System according to ISO14001:2004, for both OPAP S.A. and OPAP Services S.A., in order to ensure that potential impacts on the environment due to its operations are addressed and reduced in a systematic way. The scope of the system includes all activities: design, development, administration, operation and management of gaming products and services.

As part of this system, OPAP identifies and evaluates the environmental impact of its activities, structured around 5 steps:
1. Identify environmental aspects
2. Determine environmental impacts
3. Evaluate environmental impacts
4. Issue and review environmental aspects evaluation
5. Define measures and monitor actions and performance

In order to identify the sources from which we can reduce our environmental footprint, we quantify direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions sources from our operations, which primarily results from electricity consumption in our buildings and secondarily from fuel consumption. More specifically, in 2015 through a series of quantitative reports of our environmental impact, we proceeded to a series of practices that resulted to decrease of the average electricity consumption per employee to 6,295 KWh, compared to 9,822 KWh in 2014.

Our specific actions that we applied were the following: 

  • We moved out from our building in Kifissia
  • We relocated our offices in Thessaloniki to a site where no heating diesel or natural gas consumption is required, while its electricity consumption was 87% lower compared to 2014.
  • We assigned distribution of payslips to external partners, thus reducing the scheduled routes of corporate vehicles

The aforementioned practices led to a 21% decrease of the total CO2 (tn) emissions and a 22% decrease of the total electric energy consumption ενέργειας (MWh).


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Impact on Society

We aim to comply and surpass the current environmental legislation and its relevant provisions and thus we invest in minimizing our environment impact. We continuously redefine our business strategy in a responsible and sustainable way and in this framework we conduct all necessary environmental impact assessments, recognizing that natural resources are not inexhaustible and our key priority is to use them in the most efficient way, in the framework of our operation.

To drive improvement on our climate change impact, OPAP continued to engage into actions and programs aiming to further improve our environmental performance within, mainly through the following initiatives:

  • Acquired 67  new Euro 6.2 cars and so 100% of our leased cars are Euro 6.2.
  • Trained 62 new employees on environmental and occupational health and safety issues through 3 corporate induction sessions.
  • Conducted one e-learning sessions regarding energy & environmental issues, with 82 participants.
  • Installing LED lamps in Basements
  • Installing temperature control system for domestic hot water supply
  • Rationalization of operation of peripheral air conditioners
  • Trasfered our Thessaloniki offices to a building that does not require diesel or natural gas heating, while the energy consumption was decreased by 87% versus 2014.


Initiative Location

National OPAP activity.


Working with Organization

Not applicable.


Workers Participation

It affects all our employees.


Benefits for Οrganization

Our continuous environmental impact study and our objective to undertake inatiatives that improve the efficiency of our operations and protect the environment, ensures that we remain a trusted organization in Greece and creates added value for all of our stakeholders, while reinforces the reputation of our company as a responsible corporate citizen. 




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