Ragn-Sells has an active commitment to societal issues in connection to our business. We regularly raise awareness and shape opinions to drive action for environmental progress. Through our strong engagement, we bring forward innovative solutions, influence stakeholders and work hard to be an active voice of circular economy in the public debate.
Successful sustainability efforts require cooperation. Through a strong local presence, it is very important for us to have a good relationship with actors in our local communities. Our contribution to a sustainable society comes in various shapes. During 2019, we have been involved in numerous political initiatives to push for more circular material flows. In early 2019 we participated in a national meeting concerning a more harmonized environmental jurisdiction, several political meetings on the topic of circular economy and enhanced several industrial partnerships for circular research and development. We have also championed the extraction of phosphorus from sludge by using our political voice and conducting a national survey on this topic among all municipalities in Sweden.
During the year, we have written six debate articles with other actors. Some of them even led to further replies and discussions.
The english titles of the debate articles were:
“Five tips for sustainable procurement”
“Free movement should also apply to waste”
“How to avoid creating more islands for storing toxins” (answer to reply: “We must remove the obstacles to the circular economy”
“Sweden needs to get better at separating waste”
”Time for Blekinge´s municipalities to demand recycled materials”
Also, we published a list of 5 tips on sustainable public procurement. Read more:
EVENTS AND ENGAGEMENTS- EXAMPLES FROM 2019
Future Day, Almedalen and Arendalsuka
In June, we organized our yearly “Future Day” (Framtidsdagen) with a summary of trends, innovations and new technology within the industry. During the yearly gathering of Swedish politicians, business leaders, academics and civil society organizations in Almedalen, we also arranged a day on the topic of circularity with a very positive outcome. The equivalent in Norway is Arendalsuka where Ragn-Sells took the chance to meet with Norwegian decision makers, politicians and business associates.
WTO Geneva and COP25 Madrid
In June 2019, Ragn-Sells’ sustainability and Public Affair manager Pär Larshans was appointed independent expert in one of the reference groups supporting the Government’s work on circular economy. Larshans also participated in a WTO meeting on circular economy in November before heading on to COP25 to take part in the discussions around circular economy as part of the Swedish delegation. During 2019, Larshans was also listed as number 37 among the 101 top most influential people in Sweden regarding sustainability issues, and appointed expert in the Swedish unit for the National Environmental objectives who works to draft a new strategy for sustainable use and preservation of our oceans.
Älskade stad - a cooperation for sustainable cities
In 2017 Ragn-Sells launched #älskadestad in Stockholm, which is a unique initiative and a joint collaboration between Ragn-Sells and other relevant actors that strives towards findings smart solutions for a more sustainable city. In Stockholm, our partners are Bring, Vasakronan and Stockholm City. Our joint aim is to reduce the volume of transport entering the city centre. This is being achieved by coordinating Bring’s goods deliveries with Ragn-Sells waste collection into a single route. The transport is coordinated from a joint distribution centre at one of Vasakronan’s properties in the city centre of Stockholm. The routes are operated with specially adapted electric vehicles which will reduce traffic emissions. We are also able to collect the customer’s waste so that the rate of recycling and quality of recycled material can increase.
A study showed that the assembly line replaces up to eleven traditional vehicles with one electric vehicle and that CO2 emissions are reduced by around 70%. Further information is available at www.alskadestad.se. This initiative is a good example of joint initiatives being implemented by several different actors in a partnership to reduce climate impact and are in line with Sustainable Development Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Read more about this successful initiative and its expansion to include other geographic areas in Sweden and in other countries: