Hazardous Substances

Based on its environmental policy, objectives, and international regulations, Saab works continuously to minimise risks and its impact on the environment. An important part of the work is to identify and phase out hazardous chemical substances with unacceptable risks and such that could be subject to regulations by authorities and customers.

Saab’s business areas submit annual plans on phasing out hazardous substances. These plans are updated and monitored by the Group Environmental Council and special workgroups. The strategic plans serve as the basis of Saab’s phase-out projects and are continuously tracked. Saab’s search for alternative materials and processes will continue for many years. Several projects are underway to replace paints that contain
chromates as well as cadmium and lead in specific products.

During the year, Saab launched a new surface treatment method, which replaced a 33 cubic meter surface treatment bath containing hexavalent chromium compounds with a more environmentally friendly alternative. The process is expected to be fully in operation in 2016. In addition, Saab opened a new cleaning facility to phase out trichloroethylene. It is important to note, however, that certain hazardous chemical substances still have to be used to meet security and technical performance requirements in the aviation and defence fields. Saab compiles annual data on the amount of waste generated in its business. The compiled figures are based on waste volumes from Saab’s main locations.


Saab works actively to identify and map contaminated land and water areas. In 2015, two large  status reports were produced and remediation  work was done in Eskilstuna, Karlskoga, Motala and Östersund.


Saab works with monitoring, needs analysis, training and communication together with suppliers and other companies in the industry to reduce the use of hazardous substances and the risks in their handling. The company also participates actively in  several national and international groups to develop the work within the area of hazardous substances and the environment. During the year, Saab also became a member of the International Aerospace Environment Group (IAEG) to increase the capabilities in several important environmental areas.

With respect to chemical products used in maintenance and which contain hazardous substances, Saab has initiated a dialogue with customers and other stakeholders to find less hazardous alternatives. New tools have been implemented during the year to monitor chemical substances in materials and products.


Through Saab’s environmental work, all employees can feel secure that the company is meeting the demands of customers, regulations and other stakeholders. They can also feel proud that Saab contributes to a more sustainable society through efforts and innovations in various areas that reduce our environmental impact. Based on its environmental policy and the UN’s global sustainable development goals, Saab works continuously to minimise risks and its impact on the environment. We do so through continuous improvements in our environmental performance, in everything from how we lead and manage our
businesses to operational decisions. During the year, Saab formed five internal collaboration groups in the areas of climate change, chemical handling, product-related environmental issues, environmental management and contaminated areas. The aim is to make our environmental work more efficient through increased co-operation between the business areas, so that it is easier to divide up the work and take advantage of synergies and knowledge transfers.Each year, Saab holds internal environment days, where the focus is on sharing experiences through presentations and workshops.Saab developed a new, shorter environmental training in 2015 that serves as a refresher course for managers with delegated environmental responsibility and as shorter training for managers without delegation. A review was also done of the existing web-based environmental training for all employees.