Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
To contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 12 and 13 on sustainable consumption and production and combating climate change, the Svedberg Group is working to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
The main source of Svedberg’s greenhouse gas emissions is the transport of goods. Svedbergs Group is continuously working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport and business travel. One of the Group’s overall sustainability goals is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from transport as a percentage of net sales by 20 percent from 2018 to 2025. By 2020, emissions had been reduced by a total of 12% since 2018. By 2021, the Group has succeeded in further reducing emissions, which are now 20% lower than in 2018.
Reporting under the GHG Protocol
During the year, Svedbergs Group has completed reporting under the global Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG) scope 1 and 2 standards. One conclusion is that the subsidiary Svedbergs has the largest climate impact due to its own production.
Work is also underway to include scope 3 in the reporting. The Group CFO is responsible for data collection and calculations and reports to the CEO. The results are used as part of the Group’s sustainability decision-making process and provide increased insight into priorities and actions.
Emissions from transport
Svedbergs engages external parties to carry out transport. When a new transport supplier is hired, the Group sets clear requirements for the supplier’s environmental profile through a supplier evaluation.
Priority will be given to suppliers able to offer sustainable biofuel transport solutions. Transport suppliers submit quarterly emissions reports and an annual rating of all suppliers including environmental factors is carried out.
The Group has worked successfully to implement bulk freight. This means increased fill rates, reduced packaging and more cost-effective and customised logistics solutions. We also work continuously to coordinate shipping to the Group’s various companies from different suppliers. To reduce emissions from waste transport, efficient waste compactors are used, which has reduced the need for waste transport.
Climate-smart meetings and travel
Reducing emissions from business travel is done by prioritising environmentally friendly transport options and digital meeting solutions. The Group’s travel policy contains guidelines and principles that must be observed by all employees when travelling on business.
Digital meeting options are increasingly used by the whole organisation. The continued pandemic situation in 2021 and the transition to digital meetings have contributed to a continued reduction in travel across the Group. Business trips in 2021 were of the same magnitude as in 2020.
To encourage employees to choose electric vehicles, the Group’s company car policy has been revised so that it is now more favourable for employees to choose an electric or hybrid car. Charging points are available outside the company premises.