Ekeri’s factory achieved climate neutrality
Trailer manufacturer Ekeri has a long and impressive track-record of actions taken to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of the company’s operations. Although Ekeri has been using wood chips for heating for over fifteen years already, it is in the last few years that the sustainability work has accelerated.
“Back in 2019, we identified the need for a more comprehensive approach to sustainability. We operate in quite a traditional line of business, and have therefore been able to gain a position as a forerunner in sustainability in our field”, explains Daniel Asplund, Quality and Aftersales Manager at Ekeri.
Surrounded by beautiful forest and farmland, Ekeri’s factory is today climate neutral in its operations. This target was reached in 2021, after a couple of years of determinate actions in line with the GHG protocol. Scope 1 and 2 in the protocol have been reached through switching to renewable electricity, electric forklifts, and renewable fuels. To reach complete climate neutrality, the remaining 120 tonnes of emissions have been offset by planting new forest.
“Sustainability work is an ongoing process. Our next challenge is to find more sustainable raw materials”, Asplund says.
In 2022, Ekeri was recognized for its efforts, when the company was awarded for its sustainability work by the region’s development company Concordia.
Ekeri has also taken major steps in the circular economy. An increasing part of the trailers produced by the company are not sold but rented to customers. This means that they are more efficiently used, which naturally benefits the environment.
In addition to environmental responsibility, Ekeri has also worked hard to enhance social responsibility.
“The well-being of our staff is of utmost importance. With a committed staff, it is easier for us to achieve our mission of creating solutions for sustainable transports”, says Managing Director Christian Sundqvist.