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Resource efficiency and circularity

Saab recognises that circularity and resource efficiency are key to meeting many global challenges such as climate change, scarcity of materials, and waste prevention and management, to name a few. At the same time Saab see circularity as key to meeting the needs of our customers and to long-term profitability.

Saab reports water risks and consumption data to CDP, and at the latest reporting for 2023 Saab received a score of A-.

The long lifecycles of Saab's products and the already commonplace approach to upgrading existing equipment means that the end of life of most products occurs decades after production.

Saab aims to extend product longevity and further optimise the use of resources. Saab actively seeks opportunities to develop and implement circular business models, focusing on functionality rather than specific products or hardware, for example through tight collaborations with our suppliers.

One example of a current circular business model is the leasing of Saab combat training material, contributing to a more efficient and circular use of resources.

Saab continues to increase the use of Additive Manufacturing (AM, also known as 3D printing). AM fits with our ambition to reduce raw material usage and prevent waste. Studies on Saab’s products show that AM has the potential to decrease raw material usage by up to 90 per cent.

Saab have also completed a test flight of a Gripen fighter jet equipped with a 3D-printed replacement hatch. Currently, several of Saab’s products contain 3D printed components and the there is a steady increase in the number of components ready for serial production.