Thursday, December 21, 2017

Climate, the world over, is taking precedence in all conversations today. In November this year, during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany the international community came together to further deliberate on the Paris Agreement.

Swedish Climate Ambassador Lars Ronnås was in India late Nov-early Dec and visited Atlas Copco, Sandvik, and IKEA. Under the Sweden-India Nobel Memorial Program, these three companies stood as hosts for interactions with Lars and other Swedish businesses, in Pune on Nov 27 and Gurgaon on Dec 1.

Business and Environmental Sustainability were in focus at these discussions, with Lars sharing Sweden’s standpoint towards environmental concerns.

In Pune, the program began with a visit to Atlas Copco's Smart Plant in Chakan. The plant is designed to reduce CO2 emissions by 600 tons per year through the use of solar panels. It also has an expansive facility for rainwater harvesting and will share this resource with neighboring companies going forward. Following this, an interactive session on "Business and Environment Sustainability and the mapping of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)" was hosted by Sandvik. The company shared its sustainable business model, CSR activities undertaken, and their commitment to impact society.

At its office in Gurgaon, IKEA shared their concept of holistic sustainability to create a better everyday living for all. A joint effort towards 'Better Air' was discussed and will be put into action early next year with Swedish companies coming together and also possible engagement of key stakeholders.

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