Climate-efficient and responsible production is a must for meeting the SDG:s in the Agenda 2030, and contributing to a sustainable social development. In this climate-driven transition, metals and minerals are irreplaceable building blocks. We call it the mineral contribution.
The development of society constantly places new demands on infrastructure, communication equipment and sustainable energy systems. Solar cells, wind power, rechargeable batteries and electronics all require access to metals and minerals. This is good for Sweden. Sustainable production is a competitive advantage for Sweden.
Svemin has initiated a number of strategic sustainability projects with the goal of further sharpening the mining industry. In the challenge of coping with the climate change and at the same time contributing to better living conditions for people globally, the Swedish mining and mineral industry is part of the solution. We call it the #mineralcontribution – the industry’s contribution to the long-term sustainable society.
Read about some of our strategic sustainability initiatives:
Action for permit processes
Today’s permit processes are often unpredictable in terms of how long they
will take and what is required for permit testing of the planned operations.
Long and unpredictable licensing processes affect companies’ investment ability and,
by extension, Swedish competitiveness. Clear regulations and knowledgeable authorities
are needed to maintain a stable and predictable investment climate.
The project is the mining and mineral industry’s overall strategy to secure
efficient and legally secure permit processes.
Run by Svemin in close collaboration with the industry’s member companies.
The Swedish mining and minerals industry in a sustainable future
Together with politicians, the environmental movement, authorities and
the mining and minerals industry, the SEI and Svemin conducted one for the industry
unique collaborative project: the Swedish mining and mineral industry in a sustainable
future – what does it look like?
A central part of the project was the work of developing a strategic proposal
action plan for how the Swedish mining and mineral industry should act to contribute
a sustainable global development, at the same time as our own operations
should be durable.
The action plan was launched on May 28, 2019.
The project is led by SEI, Stockholm Environment Institute, in collaboration with Svemin.
The project is financed by Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency and Formas via the strategic
STRIM’s innovation program – a joint venture to strengthen Swedish mining
and metal mining industry.
TraceMet – traceability for sustainable metals and minerals
A first step to develop a market and a demand
for sustainably produced metals. The purpose is to develop a simplified,
but fully functional, IT-system based on blockchain technology
to follow certified metals along the whole value chain.
A pilot study was presented in May 2019 and a pilot project started in the fall.
Run by Svemin and IVL in collaboration with Boliden and LKAB. Key stakeholders are
Volvo Group, Scania, Elektrokoppar, SSAB and ABB.
Behind the project are Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency and Formas
via the strategic innovation program STRIM – a joint
investment to strengthen the Swedish mining and metal mining industry.
Presented in the winter 2021.
Roadmap for skill supply for the mining and steel industry
The project produced a roadmap for skills supply for the mining and steel industry.
The roadmap describes the current situation, future needs and focus on measures to
meet the industry’s need for expertise. The most important result of the project in short
term is a better decision basis for efforts through a clearer picture of both
conditions such as needs, measures and priorities.
The project was presented in July 2019.
Was run in collaboration between Svemin, Jernkontoret and Industriarbetsgivarna and aimed
to develop a roadmap for the supply of skills for the mining and steel industry.
Funded by Vinnova via SIP STRIM.
Roadmap for a competitive and fossil-free mining and mineral industry
The mining and mineral industry continues to increase electrification and digitalization,
develop processes for climate-neutral fuels and performs competitive
investments. But in order for the industry to be able to switch to fossil-free energy, politics must
secure efficient permit processes, increase the overall view in political
decisions and ensure the availability of fossil-free electricity.
The industry’s work for a joint roadmap was presented in April 2019.
Run by Svemin in collaboration with RISE and Fossil-free Sweden. Behind the project are
Vinnova and the Swedish Energy Agency. Formas are responsible for financing the project via
STRIM’s strategic innovation program – a joint venture to strengthen
Swedish mining and metal mining industry.
Mining with Nature
Very much is going on linked to biodiversity and 2020 is expected to be
a year of tough demands for decision makers and companies to stop the decline
of biodiversity. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity calls 2020
the superyear of biodiversity.
Like most industries, the mining and mineral industries are using land.
Avoiding the impact is difficult. But the mining industry is at the same time leading in the work
with biodiversity and intensive work is ongoing among Svemin’s member companies;
research on ecological compensation and work with
ecological reclamation and restoration means that the knowledge base is constantly growing.
Increased consideration for biodiversity should be profitable. Not only for nature but also for
business. Svemin, as the first industry organization, is now developing a roadmap for biodiversity.
Run by a working group within Svemin’s Environmental Committee.
Presented in the autumn 2020.
Objective: Climate-neutral concrete in the market 2030 and that it is used everywhere in 2045.
A state-of-the-art facility is used to purify the water at the closed mine.
Objective: A completely fossil-free process for steel production in 2035.
Objective: A new world standard for sustainable mining at great depths.