Sweden has some of the strictest environmental regulations in the world. We think that’s a good thing. Because so many of the building blocks for a green transition and our shared future come from the mining and mineral industry, naturally we want our business to be absolutely as sustainable as possible as we extract the metals and minerals we need for the future. And that’s what it is. But we’re not satisfied with the way things are; we’re working relentlessly to be even better.
Several different sustainability projects are underway in the mining sector to make the industry even more far-sighted and climate-smart. For example, we’re contributing to the development of the first fossil-free steel manufacturing process, HYBRIT. We’re rebuilding enormous mining trucks so they can run on electricity with zero emissions instead of guzzling diesel. Swedish mining companies have worked hard in recent decades to automate both the machinery and the processes, which means that the mining industry is among the safest industrial workplaces in the entire country. Sweden’s mining sector is also the world leader in recycling of electronic waste and old batteries, which contain components that can be re-used.