Logistics and transportation

Reducing carbon footprint from our goods transportation and business travels

Goods transportation

In cooperation with our transport providers, SKF Logistics Services strives to devise processes and solutions that will ultimately reduce our carbon footprint.

We focus on three key dimensions to reduce emissions from our goods transportation:
•    Shifting towards more efficient transport modes
•    Improve efficiency in the transports chosen
•    Reduce number of transports

These include optimising the ‘fill rate’ of trucks, ensuring they operate at full capacity and shifting from air to road transportation, or from road to train as two examples.

The use of trains can have a particularly dramatic effect – an increase in this method of transport between our factory in Gothenburg and distribution centre in Belgium resulted in an annual reduction in carbon emissions of 230 tonnes.

Finding other environmentally-sound alternatives to transport our goods is an on-going endeavour. Our participation in the Clean Shipping Initiative and the Swedish network for transport and environment (NTM) enable us to work together with other like-thinking businesses in advocating better environmental performance in the transport industry.

Reducing emissions from transports

SKF Logistics Services Collaborations to reduce environmental impact from transportation

The Network for Transport Measurements is a non-profit NGO that was started in 1993 to establish a common ground of values and methods on how to calculate the environmental performance for different transport modes.  This continuous work has recently resulted to a new CEN standard (EN 16258). SKF Logistics Services uses the method and models developed by NTM for our emissions calculations. Read more here.

KNEG was founded in 2006 and is a joint initiative between fifteen national and multinational Swedish companies and agencies. By starting joint projects between members the goal is “to halve emissions from the typical Swedish long-haul transport operation by 2020 compared with 2005. “ SKF Logistics Services has been members since 2012 and aims to launch its first joint project during 2013. Read more here.


Clean Shipping
The Clean Shipping index takes into account the major part of environmental effects connected to shipping, such as emissions to air and water, use of chemicals etc. The index ranks vessels or shipping companies according to the most relevant issue, decided by the user.
The index supports SKF Logistics Services as a cargo owner, to find shipping companies with companies with the best performance regarding CO2 emissions.

Business travel

Air travel accounts by far the largest CO2 emissions in our business travel, resulted from the wide geographical presence we have.

Business travel is a necessary activity for a multinational company like SKF. However with new technologies and hence availability of various networking, collaboration tools, we see to it that these alternatives are easily accessible to our employees.

Web-conferencing is a common practice at SKF. Moreover we have also invested in more than 70 state-of-the-art video conferencing facilities in more than 20 countries in recent years. Courses are also available to employees to learn more about how to best utilize difference virtual tools for different business needs.

Virtual collaboration tools are not only alternatives that are carbon- and cost-saving, by taking full advantage of these technologies, our employees can carry-out their business affairs without the need to spend relentless hours in travel transit.
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