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."
Pär Larshans, Head of Sustainability & Public Affairs Ragn-Sells Group
Engagemant and commitment
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 2020, we have been involved in numerous political initiatives to push for more circular material flows, where Ragn-Sells’ Director of Sustainability & Public Affairs is an active voice in the national debate and policy making. He received three appointments by the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation in Sweden, for his engagement in the topic of circularity.
His engagement has enabled Ragn-Sells to substantially contribute in developing national policies through:
- Miljömålsberedningen (The Swedish Government Assignment for Inquiry of the Swedish Environmental Goals)
- Kemikalieinspektionens Insynsråd (The Swedish Chemicals Agency's Monitoring Board)
- Samverkansprogrammet för näringslivets klimatomställning (The Swedish Government's Collaboration Programme for Trade and Industry on Climate Change)
And on the day, five years after the signing of the Paris Agreement, Ragn-Sells also signed thecommitment that is part of the Exponential Roadmap initiative.
Our promise is to reach the goals set in the Paris agreement. To do so we need to both create circular material flows and reduce carbon emissions. We are committed to be a driving force in transforming society from a linear to a circular economy, and we commit ourselves to actively work with our value circle in order to:
1) Reduce carbon emission up- and downstream in the value circle with at least 50% by 2030
2) Develop circular solutions in collaboration with business partners and society
3) Create a market for circular materials with procurement as an enabler.
Debates and opinion forming
During the year, we have written six debate articles (in Swedish) together with different actors. Some of them have led to further replies and discussions.
- Kretslopp kan rädda klimatet (ragnsells.se) – Conquering the climate challenge; Hallandsposten 30 November 2020
- Svenskt Vatten och Ragn-Sells: Ensidiga argument i debatt om slam – Debate article: Unilateral arguments in debate on sludge, SvD 6 June 2020
- Debatt: Se inte allt avfall som sopor (ltz.se) – Debate article: Don't look at waste as garbage, regional variants
- Så kan Sverige trygga framtidens resurser – This is how Sweden can secure resources for the future, Aktuell hållbarhet 25 November 2020
- Debatt: Fler behöver göra som Gävle – prioritera återvunnet material vid inköp (arbetarbladet.se) – Debate article: More municipalities need to do as Gävle – prioritise recycled material in your procurement, regional variants
- Debatt: Så renoverar du stugan hållbart i sommar (vlt.se) – Debate article: How to renovate your cottage sustainably this summer, summer 2020, regional variants
- Så går du ner hundratals kilo 2021 (TTELA) – How to lose hundreds of kilos in 2021, regional variants. See English version below.
We also took part in , a 90 min long session with invited guests from different countries and representatives from the European parliament and the Swedish parliament.