Carbon and energy
Sandvik is working to ensure that every individual site in the company has an action plan to increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions (CO2).
Sandvik had 88 environmental action plans underway in 2020, consisting of more than 260 individual actions. Heat exchange systems, improved insulation in buildings, LED lighting, and solar rooftop panels are some examples of initiatives. As a consequence of the economic slowdown and focus on cost control, as well as reduced work hours, many of these projects suffered delays and many were put on hold. Therefore, the reported outcome of these initiatives were close to zero for the year, and our reported reductions of carbon emission and energy use was essentially all attributable to the lower activity levels during the year.
For 2020, Sandvik had set a target to reduce its energy usage and CO2 emissions, through environmental improvement actions, by 1.3 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively. The completed actions resulted in annual energy reductions of 0.2 percent and carbon emission reductions of 0.3 percent, during a year when many projects were either halted or severely delayed. Nevertheless, we managed to reduce total energy by nearly 13 percent and carbon emissions declined by more than 18 percent compared to the previous year. Since few projects were completed, it’s deemed that most of the reductions were attributed to the lower activity levels caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and, to some lesser extent, from projects completed in previous years.
Our main production sites in Europe have been buying electricity from low emission energy sources since 2013, resulting in a reduction of annual emissions by approximately 112,000 tons based on the 2020 outcome.