UN member countries have adopted 17 common goals to ensure the balancing of the environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development. Since its launch in 2015, organisations and consumers have embraced the global goals, and the ambition is that they are achieved by 2030.
At Troldtekt, we have so far chosen to focus on two of the 17 goals: ‘Responsible Consumption and Production’ and ‘Life on Land’. Under each goal, we have selected four targets on which to base our work (see fact box).
“We acknowledge all 17 goals, but as a medium-sized company, we cannot work seriously with all of them. We have therefore decided to focus our efforts on the two goals where we can make the biggest difference concurrently with realising our Cradle to Cradle strategy,” says Peer Leth, CEO at Troldtekt.
In 2018, we continued to invest in sustainable production, which is completely in line with UN SDG 12 on responsible consumption and production. A brand new, additional factory line costing DKK 180 million was built over the year and will provide the foundation we need to optimise our future energy consumption.
“We have gone for the latest technology, because we don’t want to find ourselves three years down the line wishing that we had done things differently from the point of view of minimising consumption even further,” says Peer Leth.
“At the same time, the new factory line comes with a greatly improved working environment with fully automated processes. Moreover, we have focused intently on minimising noise and dust problems both for our employees and for our neighbours in Troldhede, for example by installing noise screens around the motors that run the ventilation system,” he says.
Wood from responsible forestry operations
In terms of SGD 15 – Life on Land – Troldtekt has since early 2018 increased its use of FSC-certified Norway spruce from local woods and forests. FSC is a guarantee of social, economic and environmental responsibility in forestry operations. We can now supply acoustic panels which are certified in the ‘FSC 100%’ (FSC®C115450) category. This means that all the wood in each panel is FSC-certified based on compliance with strict requirements as regards traceability and the handling of the raw wood.
“A significant proportion of the panels we produce are FSC-certified, but we want to produce even more, as an increasing number of Danish forestry owners hopefully certify their forests. Our strategy is sustainable production, and the market is ready for larger volumes of certified products,” says Peer Leth.
The FSC label guarantees, among other things, that no more trees are felled than the forest can reproduce on its own – and that local workers are trained, supplied with safety equipment and are paid a decent wage.
Full focus on FSC
Troldtekt has decided to no longer certify products according to the PEFCTM standard. In future, FSC will be the only sustainable wood certification which customers, suppliers and employees will need to think about. ‘Double certification’ would be a heavy administrative burden, and relatively few customers ask for PEFC-certified products.
However, the raw wood we use which is not FSC-certified still comes from PEFC-certified forests in by far the majority of cases.