Sustainability by Svensson
We are helping growers worldwide to create a better climate for sustainable greenhouse cultivation, with reduced climate impact. During the last four decades Svensson has contributed to increased production, improved crop quality and improved climate positive effects.
Our long-term ambitions ahead are to further secure the right raw materials and increase resource efficiency to lower the climate impact. It also includes creating products with a long product life, improved climate positive effects as well as circular solutions. This is to support growers in solving challenges within energy savings and consumption of water and chemicals. We are constantly working towards progress without compromising the needs of our customers today and next generations.
Success does not happen overnight. Neither does change. But we strongly believe that working closely together is key to create sustainable solutions, business, and societies with a balance of economic growth, positive social impact, and environmental protection.
Reducing the carbon footprint
With over 20,000 hectares of Svensson climate screens installed in greenhouses worldwide, Svensson screens save an estimated energy production equivalent to that of three to four nuclear power plants per year. A saving of such extreme is a sizeable contribution towards reducing the carbon footprint globally.
Enabling customers to save energy is one way of contributing. Another is to reduce the environmental impact of our production, also a top priority for Svensson. For us, the sight has always been set on a sustainable future.
Research and development
Our own research and development department continuously generates new products, for both indoor and outdoor use. It will be no surprise that we collaborate with the best research institutes, universities and other third parties to develop and trial newly developed concepts and materials.
We have our own water supply from the river Viskan. It is, therefore, important to us that we pay close attention to the debate relating to our lakes and waterways. We are a member of the Viskan Water Conservation Association. We also need to control emissions and we do this by measuring the pH of our equalization tanks. This is where, in line with our operating license, we measure various levels, including the concentration of various metals such as zinc and copper. Our operating license and the debate about the environment govern the parameters that we measure. We also control emissions from our production processes to the air.
Waste is a challenge for any company and we are continually working to monitor Svensson's waste. However, it's not sufficient to do this just once; we need to take account of the fact that our products change and evolve, along with the raw materials used and the composition of the waste generated. Where we identify opportunities, we always assess whether we can recycle waste. We only use suppliers that meet our requirements. The minimum requirement is for suppliers to be ISO 9001/14001 certified.
Svensson generally works with companies that emphasize the importance of the environment, set environmental goals, can provide sustainability reports and are working to achieve climate-neutral transportation (e.g. through membership of the Swedish Road Administration climate-neutral road haulage project.) ISO14001 certification is preferable.
We have been registered with the Swedish REPA packaging recycling organization for many years. If our packaging material cannot be recycled, it is incinerated.