President Trump! This is what is happening in Sweden

The warm weather continues and the heat records remind us of the climate challenges the world is facing. Reports of ever faster melting of inland ice on Antarctica have been interspersed with news of water shortages in Sweden, fire bans and forest fires. We are probably many people who are thinking about the climate and where it is going. President Trump, who has now been to the Nordic countries, could get many messages to take home, not just answers to what happened in Sweden last Friday, but what is going on to secure the future for the climate.

In the textile service industry, we take it for granted to take responsibility. During the spring, for example, Örebro Tvätt commissioned its new biogas-fired plant. Only it means a reduction in oil use by 100 cubic meters. The facility is also a good example of how the textile service industry is part of the circular economy, where food waste becomes biofuel that can be used to provide clean clothes, carpets and sheets.

A requirement for rapid change
Örebro Laundry is just one of several plants that carry out similar fuel changes - in many cases with the support of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency through the initiative Klimatklivet. Through such efforts, it is increasingly easy to do right - which is a must in order to achieve rapid change.

The changes can also bring other good with them. In a recent report from the Nordic Council of Ministers, a number of people in leading positions in Nordic companies were interviewed about their views on climate work. The report shows a clear consensus on the relationship between reduced climate impact, increased profit and increased competitiveness.

Potential for growth
Much lies in circular thinking and reduced resource consumption - where there can still be great potential in streamlining. In a thesis from Luleå University of Technology at a washing plant, it is stated that more than one fifth of the energy used today can be recovered from the process water.

One player who has long been stuck on circular thinking is Hr Björkmans Entrémattor AB. There, rainwater is used in washing processes and 98 percent of the water in the plant is recycled. In addition, the company is fossil fuel free. The investments were rewarded earlier this year with the Swedish Textile Service Association's Sustainability Award.

The sun cleanses water
There are, of course, several other good examples. Thanks to smart energy solutions, TvNo Textilservice in Norrköping is a completely fossil-free laundry. Already in 2009, the company began to switch to renewable fuel in the vehicles, 2012 to pellets for all operation and heating as well as green electricity and biogas solar. Berendsen has switched to biogas at several plants, Textilia is investing in climate neutral textile service and Rikstvätt collaborates with Solvatten, where solar energy is used for water purification in developing countries.

We see the benefits of every effort. This is our way of taking responsibility for our employees, society and the planet we live on. We help the business and public sector work!

Jan Kluge, Chairman of the Swedish Textile Service Association
Tor-Björn Angin. Vice Chairman of the Swedish Textile Service Association

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