Sustainability in Ireland
Sustainability is an integrated part of Saab’s strategy to drive value for customers, partners, employees, owners and society as a whole. Contributing to safe and resilient societies in light of increased instability in the world, Saab is committed to maximising the positive impact on sustainability from its operations while ensuring that research, innovation and technology help enable sustainable development. Our commitment to society is at the core of Saab and sustainability is the very basis for the company’s long-term development and growth. Peace, security and stability are prerequisites to ensure that we together reach all the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Now is the time: the defence sector must become greener
Even if the media focus is on other issues right now – climate change is not taking a break and combating it must remain at the top of everyone's list of priorities. In recent years, the defence industry has also recognised that the growing challenges can only be met in the long term with sustainable solutions. There is still a lot to do along the way, but experts are optimistic about the future. Climate change multiplies the threats on the battlefield. Among other things, climate change leads to more severe weather events, higher temperatures, sandstorms and higher humidity. All these factors have an impact on the functionality and physical condition of weapon systems and military equipment.
Already today, Saab is differentiated by the fact that the company’s products use resources efficiently throughout their entire life cycle. Saab’s Climate Impact Portfolio categorises products and services that can help contribute to more sustainable operations and reduce climate impact. To continuously increase and improve its environmentally sustainable offering, Saab has established the Saab Climate Fund which supports sustainable innovations throughout the company.
Climate change, pollution, injustice and corruption threaten societies across the globe. The rising CO2 level in the atmosphere causes dangerous effects like draught, flooding, hurricanes, forest fires and rising sea levels. This results in disasters, often pushing people to the point that they have to leave their homes and land to survive. Subsequently, such migration often leads to tensions in which stability of regions are at stake.
Our commitment to society is at the core of Saab and sustainability is the very basis for the company’s long-term development and growth. Peace, security and stability are prerequisites to ensure that we together reach all the UN Sustainable Development Goals.Read more
When focusing on climate change, two things stand out regarding what companies can do. The first is to help societies adapt to climate change, like how to deal with water shortages, storms, sea level rising and dry winds. Companies can play an important role by developing new products and implementing solutions for this. The second is that companies can contribute to keeping global warming limited to 1.5 degree, by reducing their own greenhouse gas emissions, most notably CO2 and that of their suppliers and the users of their products and services.
Sustainability as a critical factor for Defence and Security
Various organizations have plans to contribute to reduce their emissions to zero. For the defence sector this is a major challenge as it must be assumed that opponents of NATO and EU will keep on using fossil fuel in their current and future weapon systems. Therefore, fossil fuel will in certain cases still be required, also on the longer term. That is why the defence sector can only commit to net zero emissions, meaning compensation will have to be provided for emissions that cannot be avoided because of security reasons.
With more than 20% of its turnover dedicated to R&D, Saab develops innovative and sustainable solutions that contribute to reducing the environmental footprint of the operations of the armed forces it equips. With its various initiatives and research, Saab improves its products with the aim of reducing their environmental footprint and ensuring greater operational comfort and sustainability in terms of energy dependency.
Our commitment to society is at the core of Saab and sustainability is the very basis for the company’s long-term development and growth. Peace, security and stability are prerequisites to ensure that we together reach all the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In a world where threats against societies are growing increasingly diverse, and with climate change giving rise to a new instability, Saab contributes to defence and security capabilities as a trusted partner in Sweden and many other countries.
As a defence company in a political and government dominated market, Saab must ensure the highest ethical standards. Saab’s anti-corruption programme is a foundation in our strategy for sustainable growth and profitability. Saab’s commitment to Race to Zero is another important step to address the broader sustainability challenge.