Environmental Care

Environmental Care focuses on the Group’s responsibility to continually strive to reduce the negative impact on the environment from its own operations and those of its suppliers. SKF BeyondZero combines this with the strategy to improve customers’ environmental performance through products, solutions and services that improve energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact. These are defined, measured and verified through inclusion in the SKF BeyondZero portfolio.

SKF is continually taking steps which address environmental impacts at different stages of the product life cycle, and the entire value chain of the business. Life cycle management allows the Group to put focus on raw materials selected, how these are utilized and processed, the energy used by SKF’s products when running in customers’ installations and the way in which products are disposed of when they come to the end of their useful life.


ISO 14001 and SKF Environmental, Health and Safety Policy

The SKF group-wide ISO 14001 certificate consisted of 118 sites in 35 countries at the end of 2014.The purpose of having global certification is that all SKF’s manufacturing sites, technical and engineering centres, as well as logistics centres, are required to maintain and uphold high performance standards regardless of geographical locations or social and economic conditions in the country.

SKF Environmental, Health and Safety Policy describes the company’s commitment to both short and long-term contributions to protecting the environment, as well as providing a safe working environment for employees. SKF’s first environmental policy was issued in 1989.


Climate change

As defined by the SKF BeyondZero strategy, the Group’s approach to addressing climate change takes a life cycle perspective, to reduce emissions related to raw material supply, transport, manufacturing and operations, and to enable low carbon solutions through SKF’s products and services.


These targets are part of SKF’s commitment to the WWF Climate Savers programme:

Raw material and components

  • 100% of SKF’s energy intensive major suppliers certified according to ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard by 2016


SKF operations

  • Reduce the total annual energy use of the SKF Group by 5% below the 2006 level by 2016
  • Reduce the energy use per production output by 5% year-on-year during the period 2012–2016


Goods transportation

  • Reduce CO2 emissions/tonne-kilometre for all transport managed by SKF Logistics Services by 30% at the end of 2016 compared to 2011


Customer solutions

  • Quadruple the revenue from the SKF BeyondZero portfolio from SEK 2.5 billion in 2011 to SEK 10 billion by 2016


Other important environmental aspects

SKF measures, reports and manages other environmental aspects which are material to the Group.


Chemical use

SKF targets a reduction of 50% in solvents (VOCs) in absolute terms by 2016, compared to 2007. As of 2014 a reduction of over 45% had been achieved.


SKF recycles all of its scrap metal. Grinding swarf is a residual product which is particularly difficult to recycle. SKF has a target to achieve an 80% recycling rate by 2016. At the end of 2013 the target was achieved and SKF will maintain this up to 2016. In 2014, the rate was 83%. 


SKF has established specific targets for reducing water consumption applicable to sites located in areas of water scarcity. This concerns both domestic water as well as process water.

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