Chemical use and legislative compliance

SKF is working actively throughout the years to reduce the use of harmful chemicals in the production. Chemical not only has an impact on the environment if poorly manage when a product containing the chemical is discarded, the use of chemical in manufacturing processes may also affect the health of employees, such as vapor from Volatile Organic Compound (VOC).

SKF has made it clear that all hazardous substances as listed in the Global Automotive Declarable Substance List (GADSL), REACH substances of high concern and SIN list, with a concentration limit of 0,1 % (weight), shall not be used  in SKF products. In fact, the SKF's Environmental design guidelines is a process where we integrated key environmental issues such as product recyclability, legislative requirements, bio-biodegradability into our new product design and development.

How do we address chemical use?

  • Solvent and VOC
    Solvent use - 50% reduction in absolute term

    After successfully achieving previous solvent use reduction target of 25% in 2007 compared to 2002 level, SKF sets a new target, aimed at 50% reduction in absolute term by 2012 (compared to 2007's level).

    Even though substantial progress has been made (about 700 tonnes reduction from 2007) the use of VOC’s in 2012 was 929 tonnes, meaning only a 42% reduction has been materialized so far. The 50% reduction target has now been extended to 2016.

    Our performance reporting can be found under section - Performance monitoring and reporting.
  • PCBs
  • ODS
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