In 2016, AF Bostäder decided to be 100% fossil fuel-free in terms of electricity, heating, transport and equipment by the end of 2020. A minor volume of fossil fuels is still used, but emissions have been reduced by 92%. Over the next five years, the focus will be on indirect emissions – an area in which the company has the greatest possibility to exert an influence.
Since 2016, AF Bostäder’s efforts have included joining the climate initiative “100% Fossil Fuel-Free Skåne 2020”, adapting its organisation for long-term climate-related work, setting up climate targets and starting to measure emissions of greenhouse gases based on an international framework.
“The climate issue involves the whole organisation and the solutions require innovative thinking and cooperation,” says Klara Svensson, Sustainability Coordinator at AF Bostäder. “We have engaged the entire company in renewable technology, climate-conscious behaviour, purchasing and agreements, policies and procedures, and improving energy efficiency.”
Around 80% of the emission reduction stems from green electricity agreements for the organisation and customers, fossil fuel-free production at AF Bostäder’s district heating supplier and continuous optimisation of energy use in the older buildings of the company’s property portfolio.
“In addition, we have reviewed transport and travel,” states Klara Svensson. “All transport vehicles are now electrically powered and efforts to become a bike-friendly workplace have reduced our local journeys by car. We rarely take flights and climate-compensate when air travel is unavoidable. Fossil fuel-powered machines and hand tools are being phased out and replaced by electrically powered alternatives where possible. Now, one of our three administrative areas is completely fossil fuel-free. There are a few remaining pieces of equipment and work vehicles that are powered or warmed up using fossil fuels.”
“In 2020, we continued to look for ways to find improvements such as internal workshops. Looking ahead, we will map the indirect emissions from external services and purchases, and add more areas for measurement. This includes, for example, new construction, waste management and other cooperation agreements. This is where we can exert the biggest influence at present and our new Code of Conduct for suppliers will be significant. It can help us to spread our sustainability ambitions,” says Klara Svensson.
Latest update May 26, 2021