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Transport emissions are a significant climate challenge within our value chain. In 2016, we deepened our knowledge of the climate impact of the transportation of drinks and other materials and developed the way we calculate it.

This applies both to the potential for further reducing the climate footprint of our own logistics and the opportunities for reducing the climate footprint of the distribution carried out by our suppliers. 

We carried out a pilot study during 2016, Study of the environmental impacts of alcoholic beverages, in order to find out more about the climate impact of transporting drinks and other materials to and from our operations. We elected in this study to focus on transports within Sweden.

The results of the calculations show that the combined climate emissions within these distribution flows is around 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents per year. The majority of these emissions (around 99 per cent) come from the drinks transports, with only a small fraction coming from transports of other materials and waste to and from our operations.

The vast majority of the transports are procured by our drinks suppliers and not by Systembolaget. The natural next step for us is to increase the dialogue with both suppliers and distributors in order to collectively identify potential methods of reducing the climate impact of these transports.