FAQs

Do you have questions about Gränges sustainability work? Start with checking in our list among common questions.

Sustainability is an essential and integrated element of Gränges’ core competences and operations. Through continuous streamlining of production processes, environmentally conscious product development, and safety focus, Gränges contributes to a sustainable society. Gränges works to improve the conditions in all parts of its value chain. Through participation in industry initiatives, Gränges works to ensure that aluminium is mined, produced and used sustainably.

Gränges has comprehensive routines and guidelines for its purchasing, to ensure traceability and responsible use of resources in the entire supply chain. 

Gränges’ products increase the efficiency of customers’ production processes, as well as the performance of the end-products. In this way Gränges contributes to more sustainable products for customers and improve their customers’ competitiveness.

The fundamental aim of Gränges’ environmental responsibility is to minimise the impact of the company’s operations, processes, and finished products on the environment. A maximum metal yield, an increased percentage of recycled aluminium and energy-optimised processes are absolutely crucial for Gränges’ financial results, and are at the same time the company’s primary contribution to reducing the burden on the environment and climate.

The extraction of bauxite and production of primary aluminium are energy-intensive processes. It is possible, however, to recycle aluminium without any appreciable impact on quality. Gränges therefore strives to maximize the use of recycled aluminium as recycling is more cost efficient as well as more advantageous from a sustainability perspective.

Energy savings result in reduced environmental impact and improved profitability and competitiveness. Direct energy savings are achieved partly by improving production equipment and processes, partly through the recycling of thermal energy from the processes.  Furthermore, Gränges carries out regular energy audits to identify improvement measures.

An increased focus on sustainability issues in production, including recycling, has resulted in reduced energy use per tonne, and contributed to improved productivity.

Gränges observes strict safety routines and works continuously to improve safety in the workplace. The company invests in and focuses regularly on different types of safety measures to prevent accidents at its production facilities and to achieve the goal of an injury free workplace.

Gränges has a structured and preventative approach and focus on the five critical risk categories in particular. These are fall protection, molten metal, mobile equipment such as forklifts, confined spaces such as tanks, and control of hazardous energy lockout/tagout/verify, i.e. that machinery is completely switched off and de-energized prior to maintenance. These areas are prioritised, and Gränges continually reviews and works on improvements to ensure that safety becomes even better. Gränges also runs training and improvement in other areas such as fire protection.

Aluminium is often called the green metal, thanks to properties that enable recycling and re-melting. Gränges’ products enable smaller, lighter and more designable heat exchangers, thereby increasing economic efficiency and reducing environmental impact. The products increase the efficiency of customers’ production processes, and the performance of the end product, the brazed heat exchanger.
In cars, lower weight results in lower fuel consumption.

An effective and sustainable supply chain is a key element to how Gränges manages its metal purchases. Gränges has well-established purchasing routines and guidelines.

The purchasing is optimised so that the right types of scrap materials, with documented contents, are purchased. In this way, excess scrap from production processes can be used effectively, so that Gränges is able to recycle as much excess material as possible.

In order to ensure that the company acts sustainably, all suppliers of material, ingots, alloys and scrap material, and other larger suppliers shall follow and sign the Gränges Supplier Declaration.

This means that suppliers shall have zero tolerance of all types of bribes, corruption and co-operation that breaches competition law, avoid conflicts of interest, have reasonable working conditions, good health and safety standards at their places of work, respect human rights such as not accepting child labour or any form of forced labour, respect for the environment by, amongst other things, minimising damaging emissions and waste production.

Gränges also audits its suppliers. Gränges’ ambition is to audit all strategic suppliers before working with them, and subsequently to conduct regular audits of such suppliers. Gränges has audited most of its strategic suppliers.

Contact

Sustainability contact

SVP Communications & Investor Relations

Pernilla Grennfelt

+46 702 90 99 55