Protecting our planet's resources - a priority for us all
Measuring our climate impact
We're actively working on measuring and calculating our greenhouse gas emissions, both at an operational and product level. Calculation according to the GHG (Greenhouse Gas) protocol gives us a clear way to collate our data and identify opportunities to reduce our emissions throughout our value chain.
Transport constitutes a significant part of our emissions and is therefore a priority area for us. We also conduct life-cycle assessments on products manufactured in our own factories.
Reducing our energy consumption
Reducing our energy consumption and improving efficiency is one of our highest priorities. We are actively working to phase out the use of fossil fuels throughout the organisation and switch to renewables where possible. As such, we've invested in solar panels at some of our facilities, including our main European warehouse in Sweden and our Polish factory, to reduce reliance on external energy sources.
Examining our material usage
A product's environmental impact is largely determined in the design and development phase. That’s why we focus on material sustainability from concept through to product development and end-of-life recycling. Efforts are underway to reduce material usage, incorporate more renewable and recycled materials and eliminate hazardous substances.
In 2023, we launched our Materials Portal to collect data on materials used by us and our suppliers, including the type and amount of materials, any potentially hazardous substances used, and the proportion of recycled materials. This allows us to track the environmental impact of our products throughout their lifecycle. We've also procured an XRF scanner to test the chemical levels in our products.
Our ongoing environmental assessment work requires our products to uphold certain standards. We currently have products in our range that are certified according to the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, Möbelfakta (a Swedish reference and labelling system for furniture), Byggvarubedömningen (Building Product Assessment) and GS.
Improving our waste management
Another important factor is to reduce the total amount of waste produced by the business, including hazardous waste, and ensure its proper handling for recycling. We aim to recycle 40% of waste at our headquarters and central warehouse facility in 2023.
To achieve our goals, we are focusing on the improvement measures that will have the greatest impact. The pallet project is one such initiative. The aim is to reduce the amount of waste sent for incineration and increase the quality of our pallets, so that they can be used for longer and stay in circulation.
Moving towards circular solutions
By using Earth's resources more sparingly and designing products for a sustainable and circular future, we can reduce our environmental impact. New design principles help us create products that will have a long lifespan and whose components can then be recycled or reused at the end of their life. We offer a seven-year guarantee on all of our products in order to demonstrate our continued commitment to developing and offering quality products that last over time.
Our range of spare parts is also expanding annually, making repairs more accessible to our customers and encouraging them to choose fixing over replacing.
Read our complete sustainability report for 2022
Every year we analyse the key sustainability areas across our entire organisation, including our offices, warehouses, factories, and subsidiaries throughout Europe.