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Emissions and waste

Atlas Copco recognizes that climate change and emissions are serious environmental concerns.

The goal is to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions from the energy used in operations and from transport of goods by 20% by 2020 in relation to cost of sales. Many major production units have invested in renewable energy sources, which has resulted in reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

Atlas Copco’s energy-efficient products * are continuously developed and improved to reduce emissions. For example a variable-speed drive compressor can reduce a customer’s energy consumption and related carbon dioxide emissions by up to 35%, saving the environment and reducing energy cost. The rental operation continually works to switch its rental fleet to more environmentally sound equipment to reduce its carbon footprint. Atlas Copco is using cooling agents in some products and processes. However, all cooling agents used for products have a zero ozone-depleting impact.

Transports of goods are purchased from forwarders. They are encouraged to use environmental-friendly transports and to provide data on carbon dioxide emissions.

The goal is to avoid creation of waste and that all waste is reused or recycled. Atlas Copco tracks various categories of waste from the production process, including regulated or hazardous waste. Metal scrap represents the most significant fraction of waste, and nearly all of this scrap is reused or recycled.