Climate Change Impacts

Saab is working systematically to reduce its impact on the  environment and climate. The objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 per cent from 2007 to 2020 related to sales. At year-end 2015, the reduction was 17 per cent. 

To achieve the objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2020, Saab works continuously to reduce energy consumption in its facilities and emissions from travel. (Note, however, that results fluctuate from year to year also depending on annual sales revenue and changes in the mix of fuels suppliers use.) Continuous communication and employee training are an important part of this work.


The largest share of Saab’s total carbon dioxide emissions comes from business travel. As it becomes more international, Saab must strike a balance between the need to travel and the need to reduce climate impacts. Saab does this by trying in various ways to travel efficiently. Business travel was reduced during the year by 6 per cent, mainly in terms of air travel, but also by rental car. Use of information technology to hold meetings electronically has increased. Saab worked during the year to develop a clearer strategy for climate work and will introduce prioritized activities and action plans in coming years. In 2015, the company purchased a number of  electric cars for shorter transports. The meeting  portal, which was introduced in 2014, was expanded to include information on efficient travel as well as on the advantages of ecodriving. Saab’s web-based travel reservation system clearly states that the climate programme must be followed and recommends carpooling. Discussions are held continuously with car rental and taxi providers on increasing the use of green cars and ensuring that travel is accurately monitored.



Continuous work is being done to optimise energy consumption in Saab’s facilities. This includes installation of energy-efficient lighting, optimisation of heating equipment and the replacement of ventilation equipment with a system that recovers energy. From 2009 to year-end 2015, electricity consumption was reduced by 20 per cent in Sweden. Big environmental gains have been achieved at the facilities in Göteborg and Huskvarna. In Göteborg, energy consumption was reduced by more than half during the year. Contributing factors included co-location, upgrades to property systems and a detailed energy strategy that involves employees as well as suppliers and contractors. In Huskvarna, carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by an estimated 700 tonnes per year through the transition to district heating based on waste and biofuel. In Linköping, a brand new, energy-efficient office building was opened to replace older buildings. Saab's largest heating provider used a favourable mix of fuels during the year, which reduced emissions of carbon dioxide.



Saab has been reporting greenhouse gas emissions since 2006 to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an independent organisation that collects climate data from companies around the world. In 2015, Saab successfully achieved the highest score of 100, which secured a position on CDP’s Nordic Climate
Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI), proof of the effectiveness of its climate work. Ratings are based on how well companies co-ordinate their work, manage risks and opportunities in the area, and how transparently they describe the work. Information on CDP and Saab’s complete report can be found at here.