NOAH leaves a green footprint
NOAH processes waste in a manner that is safe for the environment and in line with society’s needs and expectations. We have high ambitions when it comes to the reduction of greenhouse gases and development of new technology.
NOAH aims to ensure that all operations on Langøya are fossil-free by the end of 2023, while total greenhouse gases are cut in half compared to the 2017 level by the end of 2024.
Back in 2015, NOAH set itself the goal to recycle a fourth of all excavation waste received by 2025. In 2019, we presented a future-oriented recycling project that will contribute to reducing the tonnage of treated fly ash sent to the waste disposal site by over 20 percent. The goal is to recover salts for industrial applications. A pilot facility is being established in 2021 to test the technology. If the project is successful, NOAH aims to establish a large-scale facility.
Increase in hazardous waste
Last year, NOAH processed 1,380,000 tonnes of waste. This residual waste is the result of the incineration and energy exploitation of waste from households and the business community. The waste originates from, among other things, the production and use of everyday products like paint, chewing gum and fish dumplings, and from both large and small-scale building and construction projects. Parallel to an increase in consumption, the number of substances designated as hazardous is also increasing, resulting in the production of a growing amount of hazardous waste. Society’s expectations in terms of recycling, reuse and recovery are also rising. NOAH participates in this development using a knowledge-based and sustainable approach.
Transparent and accountable
NOAH believes that sustainability reporting boosts transparency and accountability. Sustainability reports describe how, as a societal stakeholder, we manage our impact on the society around us and how our activities help create value from an economic, social and environmental perspective.
NOAH analysed its environmental impact through an environmental account for 2019. The objective of this report is to provide a better overview of the types of activities and services that generate the highest carbon dioxide emissions. We also have an ambitious environmental policy which, combined with our ethical guidelines and other standards, helps clarify our priorities and role as a driving force to customers, suppliers, our own employees and society at large. NOAH has set itself the goal of ensuring that the activities on Langøya are fossil-free by the year 2023. By 2024, total greenhouse gas emissions should be cut in half compared to the 2017 level.
The report describes NOAH’s role and future ambitions, as well as highlights the company’s contributions to society at large.
Developing new solutions
“With safe and secure handling as top priority, we will continue to take the lead in safe processing, while at the same time helping to reduce the amount of hazardous waste and managing the areas we impact as best as possible,” says CEO Anders Lægreid.
NOAH’s work is inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we have selected a number of goals to which NOAH can contribute most directly: Goal 3: Good health and well-being, Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth, Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure, Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities, Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production, Goal 14: Life below water, Goal 15: Life on land and Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals. We have chosen to report according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an internationally recognised standard for reporting on economic, environmental and social conditions.