Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Sweden has national plans and strategies in place to promote sustainable consumption and production, including the global 10-year framework and the Swedish environmental objectives system. Greenhouse gas emissions within Sweden’s borders decreased by 14 per cent between 2008 and 2014. At the same time, emissions have continued to increase in other countries, among them countries from which Sweden imports goods and services. The greenhouse gas emissions that can be associated with Sweden’s imports from other countries are today higher than its own emissions and are not following the domestic downward trend.

In its 2017 budget bill, the Government presented a strategy for sustainable consumption. It looks at what the State can do as a first step – in collaboration with other actors, such as municipalities, the private sector and civil society organisations – in order to promote greater environmental, social and economic sustainability in consumption. Particular importance needs to be given to the consumption of food, transport and housing, which account for the greatest proportions of private consumption.

Sweden is a party to all the relevant chemicals and waste conventions, such as the Stockholm, Rotterdam, Basel-and Minamata conventions, and participates in the international chemicals strategy. Sweden reports in accordance with the requirements of the conventions. The Government has adopted an action plan for a toxic-free everyday environment. The action plan runs for the period 2011–2020 and entails the use of measures to reduce exposure to hazardous substances in the everyday environment, with a particular focus on children.

In accordance with an EU Directive, new rules for companies’ sustainability reporting were introduced in late 2016. There is now a requirement for all companies of a certain size to submit a sustainability report. The requirement
covers more companies than the EU Directive prescribes, an estimated 1 600 companies. The sustainability report is to describe, inter alia, the company’s policy on sustainability issues and the material risks linked to the company’s operations.

In June 2016, the Government presented a national procurement strategy that includes rules for environmental public procurement and how this is to contribute to social sustainability. The strategy primarily addresses central government authorities, but is also indicative for municipalities and county councils where the majority of public  procurements occur. The strategy also addresses companies with government ownership.

Sweden faces significant challenges linked to the goal of contributing to and achieving sustainable consumption and production environmentally, socially and economically, at home and outside Sweden. Innovations, new partnerships domestically and internationally, and new thinking on matters including the circular economy and the sharing economy will be needed.

Swedish development cooperation contributes to promoting sustainable production and consumption by supporting a series of areas and collaborations with a wide range of actors including the private sector. Development cooperation can, among other things, promote a sustainable business climate and the responsible action of companies according to international norms and guidelines. In connection with this, Sweden also works to increase economic, social and environmental sustainability in public procurements in all areas of development cooperation.

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Allbäck Linoljeprodukter

Allbäck Linoljeprodukter manufacture environmentally friendly linseed products of renewable raw materials for the world market.


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Esam AB

We are consultants for sustainable development. Our long term vision is to step by step support the global transition towards sustainability. Much has happened since 1990, when Esam took its first faltering steps. Little did we know about Esam’s future, that we, twentyfive years later would be one of the Swedish pioneers in sustainable development. Our values are system perspective, participation, transparency, joy and professionality. And we try hard to live as we learn. Our main business is to help our customers to strive for sustainability through organizational and process development, implementation of management, strategic consulting, project management, training and networking. The wonderful thing about sustainability is that there are so many ways to create profitability.

Green Human Project AB

Working with SCR, LCA and other tools. Doing analysis and product development with focus on sustainable development.

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Domsjö a world class biorefinery

Domsjö Fabriker is part of the Aditya Birla Group, which is the world’s largest producer of viscose fibers. We develop future textile materials from northern spruce to catwalks worldwide.

By working together with our customers, we want to make a difference. We are already involved in creating a sustainable bioeconomy that utilizes forest as the unique recourse that it is.

Martinsons innovative and qualitative wood constructions

Martinsons transforms the northern Swedish forest into innovative components and ready-to-use solutions which add value and contribute to an increase in the use of wood. The Martinson group boasts Europe’s most modern sawmill, constitutes Sweden’s largest producer of glulam and cross-laminated timber, and is the Nordic leader in wooden bridges and building systems using solid wooden frames.

Processum – Anything Made from Oil Can Be Made from Biomass

An international biorefinery hub. Processum has during a number of years purposefully built up a set of pilot equipment aimed at biorefinery projects. The equipment consists of pilots for thermochemical pre-treatment, biochemical processes, thermochemical syntheses as well as pilots for separations. A broad spectrum of biomasses, like forest raw materials of all kinds as well as industrial residual streams and waste materials, can in pilot scale be converted to e.g. materials, proteins, bioenergy and chemicals. There are also pilot equipment for algae, torrefaction and drying trials in Umeå.

Wooden bridge Älvsbacka

The Älvsbacka Bridge in Skellefteå is one of many pedestrian bridges constructed by Martinsons since the end of the 1980s.
The enviromental benefits frome construction in wood is just one of many. Wooden pedestrian bridges have many advantages over other bridge types:
High level of prefabrication
– Fast assembly times
– Minimal inconvenience to traffic with bridge spanning a road
– Low costs for transport and laying the foundation
– Documented quality and service life
– Competitive prices

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The forest has always been a major industry in North Sweden and the largest use of forest raw materials today is pulp for manufacturing paper products and sawn timber. By utilizing the industry’s residual process streams, new valuable and fossil free products with great potential can be developed. This is in line with the vision that Sweden should be a bioeconomy by 2050.

Circular economy

Circular economy is all about a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design. Unlike in todays linear economy, in a circular economy we see everything as a resource for something else – waste doesn’t exist. How do business models need to change to suit a circular economy? What does this new way of thinking mean for the business community? How can profitable business models be combined with social and environmental responsibility? How can we design products right from the beginning, and do things even better, instead of just less bad?

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