The Green Zone is a dedicated area at the fair for companies which we consider to be the leaders in sustainable development. In their work of actively reducing their environmental impact, bringing newer, greener technology to the marked and having more sustainable business strategies, we see these companies as the front runners working towards a sustainable future. And as one of the biggest student fairs in Scandinavia we want to highlight their work by giving them a special place at the fair.
The Green Zone is a place for questions and reflections regarding sustainability. What characterizes a sustainable company? What is sustainability for me? How can I as an engineer contribute to a more sustainable future? These and more are the questions we want to raise. In the Green Zone you will find companies from many different areas, making it a place worth visiting for all students. Hopefully you will get new insights and maybe even a job offer. See you in the Green Zone 2020!
All companies may apply for a spot in the Green Zone. Together with Lund Sustainable Engineers we then select the best suited companies based on their work regarding:
- Working conditions, company culture and human rights
- Environment and climate
- The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Core business idea
The information is collected from the companies own sustainability reports, UN's website and newspaper articles.
The companies for Green Zone 2020 will be posted at this page later this year. Meanwhile you can read about last year's companies and why they were selected.
Green Zone Motivations 2019
Alfa Laval is a global supplier of heat exchangers, separators, pumps and valves and its mission is to make industrial processes more efficient. The company participates in the UN Global Compact, fulfils 15 of 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and has compiled sustainability reports since 2007. Alfa Laval has a variety of environmental and social targets that are evaluated on a yearly basis. For instance, their CO2-emissions have decreased with 40% in the years 2015-2018, even though their energy consumption increased with 8.8% due to an increased production in the same period. In 2018, the number of female employees was 19.7% of the total workforce. The company states the target to increase the proportion of women and currently one ambition is to recruit 30% women. Furthermore, Alfa Laval puts sustainability demands on their suppliers and performs training for their employees in anti-corruption policies and procedures.
Billerud Korsnäs provides packaging solutions with renewable material to clients in more than 100 countries. They are among the top 10% most sustainable companies in the world according to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, as well as industry leaders in the category Containers & Packaging. Their sustainability work includes taking responsibility across the whole value chain and contributing to the transition to a sustainable and bio-based society. The sustainability goals they have set are connected to the Science Based Targets initiative, which is based on a partnership including UN Global Compact and WWF. This means that the goals are scientifically reviewed to ensure that they live up to what is necessary to keep the global increase in temperature below two degrees. Some of their innovation projects include one that aims to create a 100% bio-based and recyclable paper bottle for carbonated drinks. Another project in cooperation with Uppsala University might lead to recyclable paper-based batteries as they have produced cellulose-based electrodes that enables energy storage in paper.
E.ON is one of the biggest energy companies in Sweden both producing and distributing energy, and they see it as their task to transition towards the use of sustainable energy resources. E.ON are involved in various projects, for instance in Malmö where they aim to build neighborhoods with high sustainability values. One of the neighborhoods are Sege Park with construction beginning in 2020. There, the goal is to produce the required energy locally and completely from renewable resources. They have put up long term goals according to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, one being to sell only renewable energy by 2025 (accounting for 55% of their sales last year), and another having the same ratio of women and people with foreign background as the population in general. Their work also includes helping customers to put up solar panels and supporting the establishment of green car pools. Apart from this they are also sponsoring various social sustainability projects in Sweden and abroad.
Ramboll is an engineering consulting firm which focuses on projects relating to infrastructure, the environment and management. Ramboll is based in Copenhagen, and has locations all over the world. They have demonstrated a strong commitment to achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by rejecting any project that comes to them that does not fall within these goals. As a company they have set aggressive goals for 2020, such as reducing each exployees carbon impact 20%, and increasing their revenue by 40% from projects that directly support the UN SDGs. The UN Global Compact has approved Ramboll for fulfilling 13 of the 17 SDGs thus far. They have maintained a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, with at least two women on each board level and unconscious bias training workshops held for their employees.
Schneider Electric provides digital solutions for energy management and automation in areas such as facilities, infrastructure and industries. Much of their environmental impact comes from the EcoStruxure platform which is an IoT solution that helps control energy use, thus increasing energy efficiency. It plays a large role in reducing their customers’ CO2 emissions and as of 2018, 51 million metric tons of CO2 emissions have been avoided. By 2030, Schneider commits to achieve carbon neutrality across their extended supply chain. Through various initiatives, Schneider also works to increase access to energy, spread awareness and accelerate economic development. Since 2009, 24 million people have been helped to access energy. The Access to Energy program brings sustainable electricity to communities around the world through renewable off-grid products and solutions. One is the Homaya Solar Hybrid System, which utilizes a hybrid electrification solution that draws from the grid, solar panels, or batteries, depending on availability. The Schneider Electric Foundation works through local communities of volunteers and various partnerships in over 80 countries to invest in education, reduce the energy gap, and increase sustainability awareness. As of 2018, almost 200,000 underprivileged people have been trained in energy management.
Telavox is a software company with its head office in Malmö that values sustainability. They focus on gender equality and want to hire more women, since they are in a male-dominated industry. Additionally, they hold workshops for kids in the age 8-10 years focusing on programming, in which they especially try to involve girls. On their internal and external events they only serve vegetarian food and when having kick-offs they travel as environmentally friendly as possible. Telavox also does carbon offset for their carbon footprint and gives free menstrual cups to all employees that need it. They also buy re-used office furniture and have an area in their kitchen dedicated to food that is close to its expiry date.
Xylem Water Solutions
Xylem is an American water technology company with products and services for treatment of water and wastewater. The company participates in the UN Global Compact and fulfils 17 of 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability reports have been compiled since 2010 and the company does also take part in several business initiatives, such as Change for Climate and CEO Water Mandate within the UN. Xylem had sustainability goals for the period 2014-2019 and is now preparing for their goals for 2019-2025. Their goal of reducing waste going to landfill by 20% was surpassed. Other environmental goals, such as reduction in water consumption and emissions were close to be achieved. For 2025, the company has internal goals such as 100% renewable energy and process water recycling at their major facilities. They also have external goals in relation to their customers and communities. For instance, they aim at saving 16.5 billion m3 of water, providing clean water and sanitation solutions for at least 20 million people and engaging at least 95% of their employees in volunteer activities. Xylem does also have targets to increase the diversity among their leadership positions, such as reaching 50% gender parity and a 25% U.S. minority representation.
ÅF is an engineering and consulting company that mainly works with infrastructure, energy and industry. In all of their projects, they aim at fulfilling the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) according to Agenda 2030. ÅF focuses on smart design to minimize the climate impact, both in production and in use. ÅF has developed a tool called Sustainable Business Performance Indicators (SBPI) which can measure a company’s sustainability work and thereby indicate how to improve it. In Malmö they are developing the new district Amiralstaden according to the SDGs, especially focusing on gender equality and health. Until 2020 ÅF plans to increase the representation of women to 30%, which is a 4% increase since 2018