Continuous improvements on environmental aspects

Life Cycle Thinking

Husqvarna Group strives to improve the environmental impact of its products and processes in every phase of the product life cycle, from raw material sourcing, manufacturing and distribution to use-of-products and recycling of materials and disposal.

Life Cycle Thinking

The ambition is to limit the environmental impact of the products in every stage of their life cycle. Life Cycle Thinking is extending beyond the focus on the production facility so that environmental impact over the product's entire life cycle is taken into account. Life Cycle Thinking helps to continuously improve the environmental ­aspects of the products and processes in every phase of the product life cycle, from product development and raw material sourcing, manufacturing and distribution, through use and/or consumption, to recycling of materials and disposal. Life Cycle Thinking seeks to identify possible improvements to products in the form of lower environmental impacts and reduced use ­of resources across all life cycle stages.

Product development 

Ergonomics, ease-of-use, energy efficiency and high quality are important features when designing products. Product improvements are continually made to reduce our products’ environmental footprint.

Sourcing

Close connections have been established with the 150 largest suppliers covering about 65 percent of the Group’s purchasing spend. The Supplier Code of Business

Ethics has been updated. It clarifies what Husqvarna Group expects from suppliers in relation to fairness in business relations, human rights and workplace practice, the environment, health and safety and fire prevention.

Manufacturing

Manufacturing is located close to end-customers mainly in North America and in Europe but also in Asia. Each production facility works on continually improving its environmental performance, for example, by reducing water and energy consumption through modernizing heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and changing to high efficiency compressed air systems, as well as installing lighting systems with motion sensors.

To improve skills and expertise in the environmental management system ISO 14001, a training course for environmental managers was carried out in the U.S. 

Logistics

Carbon emissions from transportation (air, ocean and outbound truck) have been tracked for a number of years.

Sales

Husqvarna Group is increasing its efforts to sell more battery products, such as robotic mowers and battery-powered chainsaws, hedge trimmers and trimmers.

These products have a considerably lower carbon dioxide impact compared to petrol-powered products.

Use

The largest part of a product’s environmental impact is determined at the design stage. Approximately 70 percent of the carbon dioxide impact of a petrol-powered product is estimated to come from when the product is being used.

Recycling

Agreements with external parties regarding producer responsibility and recycling have been developed further.

 

Related information

Environmental policy