Swerea IVF has updated its Climate Declaration from 2009 and managed to almost reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by half. Mats Lundin, its president, now challenges other research institutes to a climate battle.
Swerea IVF has decreased its emissions by almost 4 kg CO2eq per research hour to just over 2 kg. At large the decrease has taken place in the transition to hydro-based electricity, but also on changing travelling patterns from car or plane to train.
Now we must not rest on our laurels but continue to reduce our carbon emissions, says Mats Lundin.
The declaration, made under the International EPD® System, is based on industry-wide rules for how to measure and calculate greenhouse emissions research services - PCR 811 Research and experimental development services in natural sciences.
Swerea IVF's most significant contribution to climate change is urgently linked to the outcome of the research carried out – not the research itself.
"It may seem like a paradox that we climate declares the less important part, the research design, but first we want to sweep up our own house, and it’s impossible to quantify the research findings impact on the environment in a way that makes it comparable to other institutions," said Mats Lundin.
Swerea IVF assesses sustainability in all of its projects and aims to achieve the best possible climate benefits of its research findings. Swerea IVF carries out research in materials, processes, products and production technology.