Like all manufacturing companies, we have an environmental footprint. It is a footprint we seek to minimise. We contribute to this through well-thought-out material choices, sustainable energy use, and smart energy production. Weland’s roots are deeply anchored in Småland, and all our production takes place here. We believe that using Swedish-made products and sheet metal that is processed in Sweden is a good environmental choice. From a sustainability perspective, it is also important that our products last a long time - the hallmark of Swedish quality.
Innovative materials development
For us, material production forms a large part of our total climate footprint. We closely follow innovations in materials development and combine our own expertise with partners whose sustainability goals match our own.
The surface treatment of our products is part of the challenge, but regardless of the approach, we have ensured that we now offer our customers the most sustainable alternatives for the product. We mainly use hot dip galvanising, which is a good alternative in most environments. Using this approach produces products that are largely maintenance-free and last a long time.
We also work extensively on energy-saving measures, including recovering heat from our machinery. “In the winter, we are self-sufficient as regards heating during the factory’s production hours, down to an outdoor temperature of approximately -5°C,” explains Thomas Barck of Weland's maintenance department.
We have a solar cell installation comprising 1472 panels, which produces up to 340,000 kWh of electricity per year. Combined with the heat recovery ventilation units and geothermal energy located under the parking facility for the new office building, it is highly energy efficient.
Our modern machinery is very energy efficient. This focus on efficiency is also a major consideration when procuring new production units.
“Our starting point is that through smart and sustainable development, we will be involved and contribute to satisfying the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 together with you, be you one of our suppliers or one of our customers,” says Jonas Holmgren, Environmental and Certification Manager at Weland AB. One of our ambitions is to cut our carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2030.
You can read more about our sustainability goals in the Sustainability Report. The report outlines how, in concrete terms, our sustainability work is tied into the sustainable development goals.
Sustainable business operations
“Sustainability is not a choice we can make or opt out of, it is the only choice we have,” says Jonas Welandson, Group CEO. The sustainable development goals are based on three pillars - environmental, social, and economic. We take these into account and adapt them according to our criteria.
Weland’s sustainability work focuses on efficiently increasing the utility of both materials and energy in order to minimise our environmental impact. We do this by continually developing our production processes. At the same time, we offer employees a safe place in which to work and ensure that we are profitable, allowing us to give jobs to more people and continue to make sustainable investments. The investment we are making in sustainability is equally well thought out as the investment we make in product development, or in the development of the skills of our employees.