Environment protection award recognizes Bruks Siwertell’s intense sustainability efforts
27 Nov 2023
“Bruks Siwertell already delivers ship unloaders, loaders and conveyors that possess the key elements for environmental protection, and the Group has now developed a robust, measurable, and accountable sustainability strategy, road-mapping its goals and ambitions,” IBJ highlights as its reasons for nominating Bruks Siwertell.
“It is a huge honor to receive IBJ’s Environment Protection Award,” says Malin Pekberg, Marketing Manager, Bruks Siwertell AB. “It is a particularly great way to celebrate the upcoming fiftieth anniversary of Siwertell ship unloaders’ introduction to the market.”
Siwertell ship unloaders transformed the dry bulk handling industry when they were introduced in 1974, offering stakeholders the ability to eliminate cargo spillage and minimize dust emissions, by enclosing conveying lines from the ship to the shore.
“Siwertell technology has, quite literally, been cleaning up ports ever since. The whole company is immensely proud of this legacy, but it is not just historic. We are still pioneering environmentally,” notes Pekberg.
Bruks Siwertell recognizes the importance and urgency for the dry bulk handling industry to step up its environmental protection strategies. In part, the IBJ award was won because of Bruks Siwertell Group’s company-wide sustainability efforts.
“We are proud of our environmental credentials, but we must also acknowledge how much work there is to do to address climate change,” says Anna Halling, Chief Strategy Officer, Bruks Siwertell Group. “The intensity of our sustainability work is continuing and constantly developing as we learn more. If targets are achieved, we will set tougher ones.”
This year has seen Bruks Siwertell Group build on the sustainability strategy it established in 2022. All Group sustainability work is assessed from an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) perspective, and is linked to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Bruks Siwertell has set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030, compared to a base level established in 2019. By 2030 it is aiming to: switch to 100 percent renewable electricity; bring the amount of waste generated in global business units to zero; and ensure 90 percent circularity in the entire product range. As well as raising personnel satisfaction levels, by 2030 the Group is working towards zero workplace accidents, boosting gender equality by having at least 30 percent managers who identify as female; 100 percent compliance with Codes of Conducts both within the company and for suppliers and customers, and 100 percent of work processes updated and improved.
“This year’s sustainability work has been particularly intense and focused on climate calculations throughout our entire value chain, including direct and indirect emissions,” continues Halling.
Initially, Bruks Siwertell Group’s carbon footprint was reported according to the guidelines in Greenhouse Gas Protocol scopes 1 and 2. “Our focus in 2023 was to set the base level of the Group’s carbon emissions using scope 3 calculations as well. This has involved extensive work with suppliers to collect and collate climate data. Throughout this year, scope 1 and 2 calculations have also been reviewed and updated. This recalculation was conducted to assure accuracy and consistency in our system parameters,” explains Halling.
“We have taken our sustainability targets to new, ambitious levels,” notes Emily Brækhus Cueva, Director of Marketing Communications, Bruks Siwertell Group. “Transparency in our communications, actions and results, has, and always will be, essential in these processes. Also, in the hope of finding common ground and establishing joint initiatives, we welcome dialogues and questions from stakeholders.”
Bruks Siwertell Group’s sustainability work, and the results from its climate calculations, can be followed through annual sustainability reports as well as on its website. Sustainability cases are also regularly published online and highlight initiatives that contribute towards one or more of its ESG goals.
“Apart from our sustainability reports, we have also introduced a dedicated line of communication, Handling the Future, which includes a sustainability commitment logo. Handling is a significant word in our business. Bruks Siwertell’s equipment handles material transfers in different industrial environments and facilities,” adds Brækhus Cueva.
This year’s IBJ awards ceremony was held on 20th November at City Central at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) in London, UK, and attended by several hundred guests from across the world. A team of Bruks Siwertell personnel were in attendance, receiving the award on behalf of the company from President and Chief Executive Officer CSL Group, Louis Martel.
Bruks Siwertell Group’s second full sustainability report will be published in the first quarter of 2024.