Sandvik can make the largest environmental impact through its products and solutions. Carbon emissions related to the user phase accounts for about 60 percent of the company’s total carbon footprint.
Sandvik has set up targets to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest and has committed to science-based targets. Read the article 'A commitment to the future'
“This is part of our business model. We always start with the needs of our customers and we can play a unique role in helping them become more sustainable in a way that no one else can,” says Stefan Widing, President and CEO, Sandvik.
Products reducing environmental impact
Sustainability and committing to the science-based targets hence becomes a business advantage. The examples of how Sandvik solutions reduce the environmental impact are numerous and span the entire product portfolio.
Sandvik is a world leader in electric mining equipment which reduces emissions, noise and heat. In 2021 Sandvik launched several new products, including the battery-electric truck Sandvik TH550B. Find out more about mining electrification
Sandvik also introduced the Top Hammer XL drilling system which brings major reductions in fuel consumption and total drilling cost, while increasing productivity.
Our rock processing business works towards more energy-efficient comminution, processes and technologies which contribute to reduced emissions and reduced operational costs. Another example is how the VSI crusher has helped Australian company Enviro Sand improve circularity. Enviro Sand collects glass that was previously destined for landfill. After removing plastics, papers and metals, the glass bits are now crushed and sold to industries for construction and asphalt products.
Digital manufacturing, combined with Sandvik premium tools optimized for long life, improves customer productivity and efficiency while reducing energy, emissions and waste. In 2021, Sandvik launched the Turbo 16 cutting tool. It is a milling product that reduces power consumption and tool wear while boosting tool life by up to 130 percent. It is also the first product to feature data matrix tags, enabling storing of information such as product and batch for each individual tool and making tool recycling more efficient. Read an article about Turbo 16 cutting tool
“Recycling has been part of the way we operate for many years. We have one of the most comprehensive systems in the industry to buy back used inserts and drill bits. We also have our own facility where we take the used products and make new raw material that goes into new products,” Widing says. “More than 50 percent of our raw materials come from recycled products and we have a target for more than 90 percent, which I think is fantastic.”