Environmental Care

Understanding and acting on our impact

Everything we do has an impact on the environment - from the raw materials we select to how our suppliers and factories process and utilise those materials; from the amount and type of energy used to make our products to the way we transport them to our customers; from the energy used by our products when applied by our customers to the way our products are disposed of at the end of their useful life.

In other words, every stage in our value chain presents us with the possibility to reduce the environmental impact. Doing so not only addresses our responsibility towards society and future generations, it also enhances our ability to do more with less and so creates sustained competitive advantage.
That is why SKF’s environmental approach is based around the implementation and integration of environmental life cycle management into core business processes.
Our journey
Environmental Care started in our own back yard, focusing on our own operations by issuing the Environmental, Health and Safety policy in 1989. We became the first international bearing manufacturer to receive global certification according to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System in 1998.

Since then, we have been building on these foundations by continually taking steps which address environmental impact at different stages of our products' life cycles, and our entire value chain. The steps we have taken and plan to take in the future are informed by a solid understanding of environmental life cycle management. This is something we have invested in and built up over the last ten years through numerous life cycle assessments and focused applied research and development in this area.

Environmental Care in our products' life cycles:

Environmental Management System - ISO 14001

SKF was the first international bearing manufacturer to receive global certification according to the ISO 14001 international standard for environmental management in 1998. The purpose of having global certification is that all our manufacturing sites, technical and engineering centres and logistics locations, are required to maintain and uphold high performance standards regardless of geographical locations or social and economic conditions in the country.

The SKF Group-wide certificate consisted of 112 sites in 35 countries at the end of 2016.

All SKF manufacturing units, logistics centres and technical centres are encompassed in the auditing scope except for recently acquired companies. These companies are working towards the inclusion to meet SKF Group's requirements and standard. 

In 2016, SKF's North-East Asian Distribution centre in Shanghai was included in the certificate.

Sites scheduled for inclusion in SKF's ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 management system in 2017:

By Region:
  • Africa
    SKF Lincoln S.A. in South Africa

In compliance to the requirement of ISO 14001 environment management system, SKF continually demonstrates improvements on its environmental performance. 

Targets are established and reviewed annually in tackling environmental challenges resulted from for instance greenhouse gases emissions, natural resources consumption, and wastes. Read more under performance monitoring and reporting.

ISO 50001 - Global certification on energy management

SKF finalized the second wave of implementing the ISO 50001 energy management system across the Group in 2015. The certificate was issued by DNV GL in February 2015 - making the SKF Group one of the first organisations to receive a global certification for energy management system.
The basic principle is that all manufacturing sites with an energy use of 9 GWh/year or more shall be ISO 50001 certified. These represent about 90% of the Group’s total energy use.
This management system is an initiative to further drive improvements in energy performance and thus reduce environmental impacts and costs.
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