Examples of sustainable business


  1. Every year the Stena Metall Group handles around 5 million tons of waste. We recycle and process society’s wastes into a resource in the form of new raw materials. Our recycling eliminates 8.7 million tons of CO2 emissions every year, equivalent to 1.3 million flights around the world. Thanks for helping us!
  2. Our recycling helps to conserve the world's limited resources: oil, ore, forests. Every year we recycle enough paper, for example, to print 5 billion paperbacks. Enjoyable reading in more ways than one.
  3. With innovative recycling solutions, we help our customers to run their businesses more sustainably: safe and economical waste management, environmental training, advice and reporting. This helps them in their environmental work and makes them more competitive. With industry-specific and customized solutions, as well as both an international and local presence, we can create synergies that produce sensible waste management practices for customers and ourselves – wherever we happen to be.
  4. All waste can't be recycled, but at the same time it can't be ignored either. Every year we handle large quantities of dangerous and hazardous waste such as Freon, mercury, PCBs and medical waste, which we destroy in closed, ethical processes, so that nothing that could harm humans or the environment is spread.
  5. Our biggest environmental impact, which applies to the entire industry, is from transports. But you can rest assured that the environmental benefits from recycling far exceed the impact from transports. With sensible transport planning solutions, we are able to improve productivity and further reduce our environmental impact. A new logistics solution in Sweden has allowed us to cut the number of empty trucks in half.
  6. In Sweden, Stena owns a unique rail service for waste transports. Our six complete trains have replaced over 20,000 truck shipments in three years. We are also pleased with the positive response from customers, authorities and other stakeholders.
  7. We are happy to share what we know. For years we have been providing environmental training to our customers’ employees. We have lost count, but we are sure it’s around 25,000 people. This means improved safety and better environmental awareness. Simply by sorting waste correctly from the beginning our customers save money.
  8. Recycling research is in short supply in the world. Our extensive research and development program fills a void. We are working together with other companies, organizations and several of the world's leading colleges and universities.
  9. Together with the Chalmers University of Technology and others, Stena has established several centers of excellence in recycling. One example is Competence Center Recycling, CCR, which is doing research on lifestyles and the factors that affect our consumption choices. Another example is the Waste Refinery, which is working on energy recovery.
  10. Stena Metall finances a unique professorship in industrial recycling at Chalmers in Göteborg. A number of doctoral students are working on new recycling solutions that will benefit customers, Stena and the environment. We usually say that waste is what's left over when imagination runs out.
  11. Recycling gives products that have been consumed a new life. Why not make this journey as easy as possible from the beginning? We are increasingly being asked for our advice by customers that want to manufacture recyclable products and reduce production waste.
  12. We work with a number of forums dedicated to waste management in megacities and sustainability in general, where we advance issues important to us and our customers. They include the Clinton Climate Initiative, the Alliance for Global Sustainability, SymbioCity, CSR Western Sweden, the Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation, 4H, Cop15 Copenhagen, Expo Shanghai, the Swedish Recycling Industries’ Association, the Bureau of International Recycling and the European waste industry federation (FEAD).
  13. Through collaborations with various trade groups, we press for fair competition in the industry. Positive examples have to be rewarded. More of society’s wastes have to be recycled. Laws have to be followed. Oversight must be strong. In this way, we can encourage people to recycle end-of-life cars, refrigerators, mobile phones and other devices in the best way.
  14. We want to set an example wherever we operate. We build plants that reduce noise, improve safety, slash energy consumption, etc. This affects our employees’ work environments and our neighbors. An increasing important issue is communicating to the local community why we are needed, which we do through open houses for neighbors, programs with schools, and so on.
  15. Child pornography is a serious crime which can spread in many ways. Like many Swedish companies, the Stena Metall Group several years ago installed NetClean, a software application that detects sexually abusive images in the Group’s IT network.
  16. Aluminium is perfect to recycle. Using recycled aluminium reduces energy consumption by 95 percent compared with producing with new raw material. Stena Aluminium has taken it a step further. Instead of just forging ingots, we can deliver 800°C liquid aluminium in specially built “thermoses” straight into our customer’s production facility. No other company in the Nordic region can. It’s a perfect example of sustainable business. We help our customers save money, simplify their production, create energy savings and reduce CO2 emissions all at the same time.
  17. Our electronics recycling started in Bräkne-Hoby, Sweden in 1992. Since then Stena has become Europe's leading electronics recycler, with operations at 22 plants in 10 countries. Over the years we have reached milestones that have reverberated internationally, including innovative products made from CRT glass and unique processes to recycle LCD flat screens and separate clean from bromated plastics from electronic waste.
  18. We have 70 years of experience recycling society's wastes. What is more natural than sharing our knowledge with those who manufacture things? We are increasingly asked to help various producers to think the right way from the beginning. Over the years we have helped electronics and furniture manufacturers to create products that are easier to recycle by sharing our expertise in green design and the best material choices for the environment.
  19. The Group’s overarching environmental goals are as follows: By 2016 we want to reduce our energy consumption by at least 20 percent compared with 2007/2008. We expect new technologies to enable us to recycle at least half of the landfill waste in that year. All employees who drive on the job must complete a course on safe, efficient driving. In addition to the Group’s environmental goals, every subsidiary has its own goals.
  20. Every day we manage risks for customers and society as a whole. We collect, transport and recycle waste that is heavy, combustible, hazardous, etc. With Safer Stena, we have launched a project that will further improve safety and create safer workplaces throughout the Group.
  21. We promote wellness through various projects such as Sounder Stena. Human resource issues are documented in our Employee Handbook. All Swedish employees are offered health benefits. We continuously monitor lifestyle issues such as wellness, health insurance and employee sick leave.
  22. Shipping is enormously important to our collective welfare. With one of the world's most modern bunker fleets, we supply shipping companies around the world with the right fuels and apply the Green Bunkering safety concept in our deliveries. Investments in double hulls, diesel-electric engines, etc. have given us a world-class fleet that combines performance, safety and environmental benefits.
  23. Small details can make a big difference. In Europe, Stena Metall uses a videoconferencing system at around 20 facilities to reduce business travel. The popularity of the system has reduced the number of trips, which is positive financially and for the environment and promotes a better balance between work and leisure for our employees.
  24. When commodity prices are on the rise, criminality often increases as well. Scrap metal thefts have received a great deal of attention due to the safety risks involved. Railway signals, manhole covers and copper roofing are only some of the things being stolen. In Sweden, Stena was the first company to stop paying cash for scrap to prevent trafficking in stolen merchandise, which has also reduced the risk of robberies. We have worked closely for years with tax, customs and police authorities to prevent crime in the industry.
  25. Our customers’ confidentiality is dear to our hearts. Banks, social insurance offices and most other businesses have lots of confidential information that could wind up in the wrong hands if archives and records aren’t managed properly. With our mobile destruction services, we make sure that paper documents, digital media and computers are destroyed under strict controls, on-site at our customers’ premises. In this way, we help to protect everyone's personal information. 
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