Successful achievement of goods transportation emission targets

SKF Logistics and Demand Chain has worked to reduce emissions from goods transportation. The targets was set in 2011 to reduce the relative emissions per tonne-kilometre by 30% by 2016.

Emission reduction from transportation is a central part of SKF’s transport efficiency programme. During the last 5 years, SKF has worked to reduce emissions can be summarized in three main focus areas:

  • Shifting to transport alternatives with lower CO2 intensity, such as sea, road and rail, instead of air.
  • Continual improvements in the efficiency of each transport mode chosen.
  • Avoiding unnecessary transports.


SKF achieved the goal in 2016 when 31% CO2 emission per tonne-kilometre was achieved.

The accumulated emission savings 2012-2016 was around 140,000 tonnes which is more than the total actual emission from SKF’s transports in 2016.

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Going forward – reduce emissions by 40% until 2025

SKF now takes the next step on transport emission efficiency and has set a target to reduce emission by 40% per shipped tonnes. 

We change main KPI from tonne-kilometre to tonne shipped to end customer, why?
We think this will help reduce actual emissions even further. When focusing on tonne-kilometre, there is a risk (even though theoretical) that a freight forwarder takes a longer route or uses an additional hub with slightly reduced relative emissions, but that the longer route could lead to an increase in absolute terms.

The focus on CO2 per tonne shipped goods to end customer will increasingly drive shorter routes and cleaner transport modes. SKF will report the progress annually as part of the Annual Report.

WWF Climate Savers

Between 2012 and 2016 SKF participated in the WWF Climate Savers partnership and set targets to reduce emissions over the full value chain, from raw material and components, to SKF’s manufacturing and goods transportation and distribution and to the product use-phase at end customer. The WWF and all other climate savers companies have been a valued partners and together, WWF and SKF conclude the five year period an overall success. 

In 2017, SKF chooses to continue the work on reducing climate impact outside the Climate Savers programme – still with focus on life-cycle impact, long-term mindset and high ambition – this is SKF climate targets 2025.
WWF remains a vital speaking partner and stakeholder to SKF on climate change, water and other environmental issues.

Good for SKF - good for the world

Climate change, economic prosperity, gainful jobs and well-being are all important and highly interconnected. At SKF, we have worked for many years to embed sustainability in our strategies and activities. Please let us know what you think is most relevant for SKF to address with this 5 minute survey.

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