Achievements so far

As with other aspects of our environmental impact, when acting to reduce emissions, SKF follows the principle of "starting in our own back yard”.

Numerous life cycle studies show however, that we have significant opportunities to improve our environmental work, both up and down our value chain.

Back in 2011, we established a set of targets across our value chain where we had a good possibility to reduce energy and CO2:

  • Suppliers > SKF’s own operations > Goods transportation > Customer solutions

Please read more on SKF's climate work in the BeyondZero whitepaper

Performance 2012-2016

On scope 1 and 2 emissions, the target was set to reduce energy use by 5% compared to baseline 2006, regardless of growth in the business. At year-end 2016, we had managed to reduce energy by 14% and absolute CO2 emissions by 8%, at the same time, our complete business in terms of net sales has grown by 37%. How did we do this?

Going forward, SKF will focus on reducing CO2 emissions per tonne of bearings sold as main KPI. Energy management efficiency will continue to be a major strategic lever, in combination with material efficiency and the use of renewable energy. 

When the target on energy was set in 2011, we saw that the accounting principles for CO2 was such that you could off-set emissions. At that point in time we took the decision to focus on the root cause of emissions, which is energy use. Over the years, we have seen significant improvement in energy, both in relation to productivity and an in absolute term. At the same time though, we have also seen an increase on CO2 intesity in the electricity procured, this is derived to the increased manufacturing operations in region or countries where renewable energy has been difficult or impossible to procure.

In recent years we have seen a positive development both on the emission accounting side and a more uniform way of establishing contractual and location based emissions. 

National action plans and objectives are further making renewable energy sourcing more viable on large scale. When we launched our new targets until 2025, we therefore decided to once again focus on CO2 emissions as the main KPI on climate impact. 

SKFs climate targets 2025 is thus set to reduce emissions by: energy efficiency, green energy procurement and material efficiency.

On scope3; raw material, SKF’s target on suppliers was to have all energy intensive major suppliers ISO 50001 certified. At year-end 2016, 25 of 30 suppliers had achieved this with the rest working towards it, read more here

This certification will continue to be a key target on SKF’s suppliers.


On Scope 3; goods transportation, SKF also targeted to reduce CO2 emissions per transport works (CO2 tonne-kilometre) shipped goods from its logistics operations by 30% 2012-2016, which has been achieved. How did we do this?

Our climate targets focuses on CO2 emission per volume (CO2 per tonne), this will drive shorter transport routes in addition to cleaner modes, increased fill-rates and reducing unnecessary transports.

On scope 4; emissions avoided by our customer solutions, SKF’s target was to develop the sales from SKF BeyondZero customer solutions from BSEK 2.5 in 2011 to BSEK 10 in 2016. In 2016, the total net sales from these solutions was BSEK 6.8, which is over 9% of the Group’s total net sales, read more here

The net sales from SKF BeyondZero customer solutions will continue to be the main KPI of SKF scope 4 performance.

What’s next?
Please read about SKF’s climate targets 2025 here.

Achievements 2002 - 2011

Carbon emission performance 2002-2011

The direct ownership and management of SKF's facilities gives the company absolute responsibility and the direct power to minimize the carbon emissions associated with direct energy use. Therefore, in 2002 the Group set up energy and carbon reporting systems for its own facilities and defined clear targets to reduce these emissions by 2007.

Having already achieved these first targets in 2005, 2006 saw the launch of a broader, more aggressive strategy and targets, requiring an absolute reduction in carbon emissions resulting from direct energy use in SKF's facilities of 5% per year - irrespective of volume development.

This new target has been delivered year after year by a strategy focused on reducing energy intensity in the factories and the carbon intensity of the energy used.

The results of these concerted efforts at all SKF facilities in terms of energy efficiency can be seen in the graph below.

The Group's absolute annual energy requirements have been reduced by over 10% during a period between 2002 and 2011 when SKF’s business (net sales) grew by around 54%.

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