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ARTICLE10 February 2020

11 exciting climate projects from Sweden

Swedish companies have long been at the forefront of combining sustainability and environmental ambitions with growth and innovation. From fossil-free steel to CO2 capture, Sweden’s businesses are leveraging tomorrow's technology for a greener world. As innovation and climate-smart solutions become an increasingly important element in our competitiveness, we have listed 11 ground-breaking climate projects currently underway in Sweden’s business world.

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Swedish steel company SSAB is one of the largest of the country’s industries and currently produces 10 percent of Sweden's CO2 emissions. However, with the Hybrit project, a collaboration with Vattenfall and LKAB, the company seeks to be completely CO2-free as early as 2045. It hopes to become the first company in the world to bring fossil-free steel to the market.

Read more: https://www.ssab.com/company/sustainability/sustainable-operations/hybrit

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The Swedish automotive industry and the Swedish vehicle fleet are at the forefront in climate innovation internationally. Jointly, vehicle manufacturer Volvo and experts in electric power and automation technology ABB have developed electric buses – which are already in use – that can be charged at record speed while passengers are embarking or disembarking the bus.

Read more: https://www.volvogroup.com/en-en/news/2019/nov/news-3470934.html

https://new.abb.com/news/detail/2694/ABBs-innovative-flash-charging-technology-goes-live

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Also in the field of vehicles, Swedish truck manufacturer Einrides is currently selling trucks to Coca-Cola in Stockholm. The trucks, which resemble something from Star Wars, are both autonomous and electric.

Read more: https://siliconcanals.com/news/startups/stockholm-based-electric-truck-startup-that-makes-stormtrooper-look-alike-self-driving-truck-gets-huge-funding/

Peter Carlsson, vd Northvolt
Peter Carlsson, vd Northvolt och skiss på fabriken.
Photo: Pressbilder/Northvolt

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Northvolt's huge Swedish factory in Skellefteå hopes to use new technology to dramatically reduce the cost, quality and efficiency of manufacturing and using batteries.

Read more: https://northvolt.com/production/

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Svenska Heart Aerospace will deliver the first regional electric aircraft certified for commercial flights by the year 2025. The first trip will carry 19 passengers and will have a range of 400 kilometres. In partnership with the Swedish airline Bra - the first in the world to offer all travellers the choice of biofuel for their air travel – Sweden’s aviation industry is a world-leader.

Read more: https://heartaerospace.com

https://www.flygbra.se/en/green-class/

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Construction company Skanska hopes that their investment in ‘green concrete’ will reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 52 percent in certain applications.

Read more: https://www.skanska.se/4ae0cd/siteassets/vart-erbjudande/produkter-och-tjanster/betong/gron-betong/produktblad-gron-betong-eng.pdf

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While reducing emissions is already important, the ability to capture existing emissions can be at least as important for the future. While carbon capture technology is being debated, Stockholm Exergi believes there is the potential to capture up to 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year via the Värtaverket plant.

Read more: https://bioenergyinternational.com/heat-power/stockholm-exergi-to-test-carbon-capture-at-vartan-biomass-chp-plant

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Sometimes, the smallest changes can make the biggest difference. In one project, Tetra Pak was able to cut energy use by 40 percent through new smart technology. This is just the beginning of the company's efforts to deliver a greener industry.

Read more: https://www.tetrapak.com/sustainability/customer-focus/sustainable-packages

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H & M's “Perfect Fit” project allows consumers to try on clothes using an app. The company believes this is an initiative that benefit both the environment and customers.

Read more: https://hmgroup.com/media/Our-stories/Perfectfit.html

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One of the challenges with solar panels is that they work best when the sun is shining. However, Azelio's new technology means that solar panels will be able to store heat and convert it into electricity, even when the sun isn’t shining.

Read more: https://www.azelio.com/about-us/this-is-azelio/

Karl Andersson, Matsmart
Photo: SÖREN ANDERSSON

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Matsmart is reducing food waste by reselling, at discounted prices, food that previously would have been thrown away. This means cheaper food for consumers and less food waste for the benefit of the climate.

Read more: https://people.matsmart.se

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