Södra wins Laddguldet for fossil-free efforts
We’re delighted to announce that we have won this year’s Laddguldet competition in the companies and organizations category, a national Swedish award that recognizes commitment to emission-free transport. Henrik Brodin, who heads up Södra’s fossil-free programme, said he was pleased that Södra’s work and investment had been recognised, although he added there is still plenty more to be done.
From left to right: Maria Baldin and Henrik Brodin of Södra with judge Mattias Goldman, Fores
“We won because we were able to demonstrate a clear strategy when it comes to fossil-free transport across the Group. We have installed 112 electric charging stations at all three pulp mills and our HQ for our employees to use for their own cars. The green electricity is produced by the mills. And we have just taken delivery of two electric forklift trucks at Värö, the first of their kind for the forest industry in Sweden. These are just two examples of the progress we are making in our aim to become free of fossil fuels across all operations by 2030.”
To achieve this goal, various solutions are needed for different types of transport and electrification is an important part. “As a forest company, our industries are located outside the cities and our employees live largely in the countryside. We want to show that one should be able to live and work in the countryside and at the same time be sustainable with new technology. The transition from fossil to fossil-free energy is an opportunity and not a threat to rural areas.”
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