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Climate neutral by 2040 – at the latest


Towards climate neutrality by 2040

Sweco’s goal is to achieve climate neutrality in its own operations  by 2040 and halve the company’s emissions by 2030. Sweco’s base year for climate reporting is 2020, with all emissions reductions being measured against 2020 levels.

2023 in brief

  1. In 2023, an inventory of Scope 3 emissions was conducted to identify material scope 3 categories across the Group. As a consequence, additional emission categories were added during 2023. All entities within Sweco are now required to report on all material emission categories decided by Group. Due to the expanded Scope 3 coverage and growth due to aquisitions since 2020, a recalculation of prior years 2020-2023 was conducted. This means that the total emissions are higher compared to previously reported emissions.
  2. 66,449 tonnes CO2e in Scopes 1, 2 and 3 in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (64,692)
  3. Sweco’s operations have grown both organically and through acquisitions since base year 2020, which has also led to increased emission levels. However, Sweco’s emission intensity of 3.3 tonnes CO2e per FTE decreased by 4 per cent in 2023 compared to 2020. The reduction is mainly due to measures taken in Scope 1 and 2.
  4. Scope 1 and 2 emissions decreased with 3 per cent compared to previous year.
  5. The share of electric and hybrid vehicles increased to 59 per cent in 2022 compared to 42 per cent in 2022.

Climate targets aligned with Paris Agreement

Sweco adheres to the “Business Ambition for 1.5°C” and has set climate targets aligned with what is required to limit global warming to 1.5°C. In 2022, Sweco submitted climate targets for validation and approval by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). In 2023, Sweco decided to conduct a review of the company’s group-wide climate neutrality goal, with targets and measures to be developed to accelerate the transition in areas such as mobility and offices. In dialogue with SBTi, Sweco plans to update its application with new climate targets and revised emission levels during spring 2024.

Sweco’s climate neutrality is to be achieved primarily through emissions reductions in our own operations, with no more than 15 per cent to be achieved through carbon sinks, emissions offsets, or climate compensation through established and third-party verified mechanisms.

Sweco and the EU taxonomy

Group greenhouse gas emissions, tonnes CO2e

Scope20232022Base year 2020Share of total emissions 2023, %Change, 2023 vs. 2022, %Change, 2023 vs. 2020, %
Scope 18,7079,14311,61513-5-25
Scope 26,4266,43710,109100-36
Scope 351,31749,11243,66177+4+18
About the GHG Protocol

The GHG Protocol has defined a global standardised framework to measure and manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emisssions within three scopes. Scope 1 and 2 emissions are mandatory part of reporting and relate to direct emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by Sweco, such as company cars, and indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, heating and cooling consumed by Sweco. Scope 3 covers other indirect emissions, mandatory and voluntary, that are not included in Scope 2 and occur in the value chain of Sweco, e.g. employees commuting, purchased goods and services, upstream transportation and distribution or waste generated in the operations.

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We strive to be the forerunner in our markets

In accordance with our decentralised model, each individual Sweco market has set its own targets, with the requirement to serve as a forerunner in that country. This involves each market formulating a roadmap to achieve climate neutrality ahead of the specific country’s official target, for example Sweco’s business areas Sweden, UK and Belgium all have set targets to achieve climate neutrality by 2030. In this way, we ensure that we act ambitiously based on the countries’ individual circumstances. In several markets, the journey to climate neutrality has been proceeding for quite a while. Sweco’s operations in the Czech Republic, for example, have been measuring their climate impact since 2007 and halved their emissions between 2008 and 2019.

Read more about the local climate neutrality goals below.

Sweco’s journey toward climate neutrality 2040


Belgium, Finland, Sweden, UK


  • Green electricity contracts in all offices by 2022
  • External contracts adhere to sustainability goals by 2025
  • Electrified car fleet by 2026
  • No fossil fuel heating systems by 2030
  • Rewrite procurement procedures with sustainability criteria


  • Electrified car fleet by 2030
  • Energy-neutral offices by 2030


  • Fossil-free car fleet by 2023
  • Fossil-free office operations by 2030


  • No domestic flights by 2022
  • Renewable electricity in all offices by 2023
  • Electrified car fleet by 2025 (50 per cent by 2022 and 30 per cent by 2021)


The Netherlands

  • Electrified car fleet by 2030 with the interim target of over 50 per cent electric vehicles by 2025
  • All buildings to be at least energy-neutral by 2030
  • No waste by 2035 with interim target of 50 per cent reduction by 2025



  • A minimum of 55 per cent emissions reduction by 2030


Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Poland


  • Standard purchasing and procurement updated with sustainability criteria by 2022
  • Green electricity contracts in all offices by 2025
  • Electric car fleet by 2030
  • No offices heated using fossil fuels from 2037
  • Fully electrified car fleet or alternative available in the future by 2040 with an interim target of 50 per cent by 2030

Czech Republic

  • Standard purchasing and procurement updated with sustainability criteria by 2022
  • Green electricity contracts in all offices by 2025
  • No offices heated using fossil fuels from 2037
  • Fully electrified car fleet or alternative available in the future by 2040 with an interim target of 50 per cent by 2030


  • Fossil-free car fleet by 2028 (EV, hydrogen or similar)
  • Emissions from commuting to be reduced 60 per cent between 2020–2030
  • Office’s indirect emissions climate-neutral by 2030


  • 100 per cent green electricity by 2022
  • 50 per cent emissions reduction from traveling by 2030
  • Fossil-free energy consumption by 2040


  • All consumed electricity from renewables by 2035 with interim targets such as 80 per cent by 2030
  • Fully electrified car fleet by 2040 with interim targets of 80 per cent electric cars in 2035, 30 per cent in 2030 and 8 per cent in 2025


  • Single-use plastic ban from 2021
  • Offices than can have green energy contracts should have them by 2022
  • 50 per cent of car fleet electrified by 2030

Sustainability Report

Sustainability forms an integral part of Sweco’s business and strategy.

Transforming society together with our employees

We attach great importance to being an attractive employer for both current and future talent and leaders.

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Business ethics

Sweco takes responsibility for our projects and the way we conduct our business.

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