Reducing our climate footprint

Tracking our carbon footprint with STICA

Since 2018, Fristads has mapped its greenhouse gas emissions as a member of the Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Action, STICA. In 2020, Fristads reduced emissions by 54% compared with the previous year and by 58% since the baseline year 2018. The decrease was primarily due to an increase in renewable energy and effects of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

STICA is a joint climate initiative for Swedish textile companies that focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with the 1.5°C pathway, as defined in the Paris Agreement. In 2020, Fristads emitted a total of 256 tonnes of CO2 equivalents in scopes 1 and 2, which focus on emissions from our own operations. This was down from 553 tonnes of CO2 in 2019. Of the total 54% reduction, 17% can be attributed to a decrease in traveling and electricity use at our offices because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The remainder was mainly due to an increase in the share of electricity that was produced by renewable sources.

“Our goal for scope 1 and 2 was a decrease by 50% from the baseline year 2018 to 2030 and we are delighted that we exceeded that goal already in 2020. But we need to keep in mind that 2020 was a very special year due to Covid-19 and that these numbers may be misleading. We will therefore continue our work to achieve a sustainable long-term reduction of our greenhouse gas emissions and overall environmental impact, as we begin to measure and report scope 3,” says Lisa Rosengren, Head of R&D Raw Material at Fristads. ​​​​​​​

Next step: Scope 3

The STICA figures showed that Fristads’ main climate impact in scopes 1 and 2 still comes from company owned cars, followed by electricity consumption in offices and warehouses. In 2020, 53% of the total energy use came from renewable sources and 47% from non-renewable sources. To improve our overall climate impact, we aim to continue to increase the share of renewable energy sources in our offices and use more electric cars in our company fleet.  
Most of Fristads’ emissions occur within scope 3, which we aim to report at the end of 2021. Scope 3 involves emissions outside our own walls, throughout our value chain – from the materials that we purchase and the energy use of our suppliers, to transportation and the disposal of the goods once they have reached the end of their life.  

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