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A leader who’s committed to making things happen – meet Suvi Karaste

February 15, 2024
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Suvi joined Nevel as an environmental manager in April 2020 and now works as an environmental, social and governance (ESG) manager. Nevel’s value of “We make things happen” is a rallying call to achieve meaningful results – and the company’s sustainability ambitions are an excellent example of that in action. Suvi sat down to share more about her work and how she and her team are making things happen where it matters most.

Syvi Karaste – ESG Manager at Nevel

How do you make things happen at work?

I just start and keep going until the job is done! If I make a commitment, I see things through. I’m lucky to have some highly skilled colleagues who help and support me – I listen and take their advice when needed and always try to stay open-minded and positive. It’s the same with Nevel’s values – they’re not empty words, we have committed to our sustainability targets and as a company we’re going to make them happen.

What are Nevel’s sustainability ambitions – and how will they be achieved?

Sustainability underpins everything we do at Nevel. Our aim is to build a green transition and a climate-positive future where people, communities and businesses can prosper. Our approach is built on three pillars: co-creating local circular economies, driving the transition to CO2-emission-free energy production by 2030, and a high safety culture and sustainable and transparent corporate citizenship. We’re achieving these ambitions by following a solid ESG programme and, importantly, by sticking to our commitments.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Definitely the variety. My days are never the same – every day there’s something new or surprising to work on. I develop ESG measures and plan and write the annual sustainability report. I’m also responsible for carrying out ESG evaluations for mergers, acquisitions and new business cases, and I participate in processes like environmental permitting for projects. I really enjoy the teamwork too. I get to work with a lot of different people because ESG is relevant to everything and everyone across the organisation as well as to external stakeholders.

How do you ensure you get results?

I make sure I have a clear understanding of what we need to achieve and then set targets to get there. I also always try to commit to achieving these targets in a given timeframe. The best results are always achieved with teamwork – we are supported by specialists across the organisation and in turn we support others. Knowing and trusting your colleagues is key.

Do you feel your work is meaningful?

Of course! ESG is the business priority in Nevel so our team has a very important role. We are also supporting our customers to transition towards carbon neutrality as well. If you look at the bigger picture, while we all make smaller changes in our private lives to live more sustainably, here in energy production we have a very important role in influencing the move to a carbon-neutral future and supporting the green transition. What could be more meaningful than that?

What inspires you?

It inspires me when I get things done. It’s a great reward after a big project that I can look back and know it’s something I achieved. I’m also inspired by learning new things – there’s a lot to learn in ESG as you’re always encountering new things, so you can learn by doing. I think that’s one of the best ways to learn and grow.

How do you wind down after work?

I try to spend as much time with my family as possible. We play games, or we go for a walk and have a coffee and a chat. Lately we have started playing padel together too. I also like watching football, especially Spanish football, and Korean drama on TV. Korean dramas are so different from my life here that it’s a real mental break!

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