TALLINN, Sep 17, 2019｜ 33 Estonian technology companies and organisations, including eGA have signed a Green Pledge at Tallinn Digital Summit, promising to take their operations to a completely environmentally sustainable basis by 2030.
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The Green Pledge was created considering the scale of global climate and environmental challenges, and willing to express signed members shared desire to find innovative solutions to these acute problems. With the Green Pledge, the signed companies and organisations are 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 and organizations have joined the Tech Green Pledge: Autlo, Bolt, Cachet, Cash On Go, Corle, Cybernetica, Cybexer Technologies, e-Governance Academy, eAgronom, Empower, Evocon, Fundwise, GoSwift, Guardtime, Icefire, Lift99, Pactum, Proud Engineers, RaulWalter, Reverse Resources, SK ID Solutions, Skeleton Technologies, Stigo, Telia, The Exit Academy, Thorgate Management, Topia, TransferWise, Veriff, Weekdone, WePower, Xolo and Yaga.
“e-Governance Academy promotes the use of ICT solutions in daily governance to increase its efficiency and save valuable resources for all parties. The enablers of e-governance, secure data exchange between governmental institutions and digital identity, reduce the environmental impact of human activities, since citizens can perform all interactions with the government from a distance and hassle-free,” said Hannes Astok, Director for Development and Strategy of eGA.
“All companies are responsible for environmental and climate issues. New technologies are playing an increasing role in reducing the environmental impact of human activities. Estonian tech companies are already doing a lot to monitor, measure, and mitigate environmental impacts, however, with the Green Pledge we promise to do our utmost to bring about even greater positive change. We invite all other tech companies to join the pledge,” said Martin Ruubel, president of Guardtime.
“We encourage our business partners and suppliers around the world to join in an environmentally sustainable business. When choosing suppliers, we prefer companies that deal with the mitigation of the environmental footprint of their business,” said Janer Gorohhov, co-founder of Veriff.
“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,” said Robert Pajos, CEO of Telia Estonia.
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 added.
All like-minded domestic as well as international tech companies are invited to join the initiative.
More information on the Tech Green Pledge: https://www.techgreenpledge.org