For ASSA ABLOY sustainability is an integral part of product innovation. Every attempt is made to ensure that newly designed products are as energy efficient as possible. The intention is to develop new product concepts that solve customer problems and create customer value, based on sustainable solutions and processes.
When developing new products ASSA ABLOY uses a Sustainability compass to outline the sustainability vision for individual products and includes eight focus areas: raw materials, water, virgin material, end-of-life reusability, recyclability, in-life energy consumption, carbon footprint and financial cost. The focus areas are also divided into three main areas: reuse, reduce and recycle. The compass is used to track performance and communicate the importance of sustainability-related design criteria among all stakeholders involved in the development process.
Transparency is critical to sustainability. ASSA ABLOY uses third-party verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), which are a standardized method of quantifying the environmental impact of its products in terms of raw materials, energy, emissions, chemical substances, and waste through a life cycle assessment. While including an EPD for a product does not necessarily mean that it is environmentally friendly, the declaration transparently presents the product’s sustainability performance.
The demand for more sustainable and resilient ASSA ABLOY products is fueled by the strong growth in green buildings and more sustainable urban environments around the world. Environmental data about buildings is clearly illustrated to our customers through Building Information Modeling (BIM) objects and EPDs.