Reducing the environmental impact of our products
Reducing the environmental impact of our products is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 – sustainable consumption and production. We are working on the issue on three fronts.
Svedbergs Group aims to find solutions that extend the life of its products in the design stage and throughout production
Svedbergs Group integrates circular design principles in product development. Products should be developed from the design stage to be easily reused or recycled. The mapping of greenhouse gas emissions carried out shows that the single largest emission factor is purchased goods, followed by the use of products by customers. As a result, Svedbergs Group is now applying greater focus to developing circular products with an extended life, designed to reduce waste. Other important principles in product development include reducing the amount of
material used in manufacturing, reducing the use of plastics, and developing water-efficient products.
High proportion of in-house production
A high proportion of in-house production has several advantages. It affords better control over working conditions, the production environment and transport, and consequently also better control over environmental impact. Svedbergs Group produced approximately 33 percent of its products in-house in 2022. The aim is to eventually increase the proportion of in-house production.
Svedbergs Group regularly reviews existing eco-labels of its products and adapts processes to meet the relevant certification requirements for the Group’s markets. Products must meet the EU’s basic health, environmental and safety requirements. Parts of the range are eco-labelled and the ambition is to increase this proportion and ensure that eco-labelling is carried out according to EU and other regional rules.
The EU legislation for the ‘Ecodesign for Sustainable Products (ESPR)’ product passport is expected to be expanded in the future. This means that products included must meet certain minimum energy efficiency requirements and are labelled with a code that provides information about the products. Svedbergs Group is monitoring the development of this legislation..
Operations that require authorisation and notification
Svedbergs Group carries out certain operations that are subject to authorisation and notification under Swedish law. This authorisation relates to finishing wood and coating metal. The obligation to notify authorities concerns the plant for recycling solvents used in the company’s own operations, machining metals with cutting fluids, process oils and hydraulic oils and machine tools, and the plant for initial cleaning of materials with alkaline degreasing agents.