15 companies in the Swedish climate business network Haga Initiative have contributed with a decrease of emissions equivalent to approximately eight percent of Sweden’s total decrease between 2010 and 2017. Nine of the member companies have already reached the target of reducing emissions by 40 percent until 2020. The Haga Initiative has managed to decrease emissions while increasing profitability.

The Haga Initiative is a network of companies with the aim of reducing carbon emissions from the business sector and highlighting the climate issue by showing that ambitious climate strategies lead to business advantages and improve profitability.

The Haga Initiative was initiated in 2010 by eight well known companies: Axfood, Coca-Cola Enterprises Sverige, Fortum Värme, JM, Procter & Gamble Sverige, Stena Metall, Svenska Statoil and Vasakronan. Additional new companies are Lantmännen, HKScan, Löfbergs, McDonald’s, Sveaskog, Folksam and Green Cargo.”Since its start eight years ago, the Haga Initiative has been working towards the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent until 2020. At the time, the pledge was ambitious, however the pace of reductions has been much faster than anticipated and a majority of the companies have already reached the target. The Haga Initiative’s new goal sets the target at zero net emissions by 2030.

– We are only 15 companies but account for eight percent of Sweden’s total reduction of GHG emissions since 2010. This has been made possible through ambitious goals and strong performance of the companies. We are fast approaching our goal that every member company shall reduce their emissions by at least 40 percent until 2020. 9 out of 15 companies have already reached this goal, says Nina Ekelund, executive director, the Haga initiative.
Among the companies that stand out in terms of emissions reductions are, among others, HKScan and Stockholm Exergi.
– HKScan has decreased its emissions by 80 percent since base year, 2003. We consider it our responsibility to act as a forerunner within climate issues so that consumers can be able to enjoy eating meat in a sustainable and responsible manner. We therefore work actively to reduce our climate impact. As an example, we use green electricity and renewable energy on our production sites and for our transports. We also cooperate with individual farmers, e.g. by replacing soy in our feed with field beans and colza, which implies a climate friendlier, tastier and juicier meat, says Sofia Hyléen Toresson, CEO, HKScan Sverige.
The average member company in the Haga Initiative has decreased its GHG emissions by 47 percent while increasing turnover by 10.4 percent. This includes the companies’ own operations, purchased energy and business travels since each company’s base year. In total, 14 out of 15 companies have decreased their absolute emissions compared to base year.