Our environmental efforts

Just as with sustainability overall, the specific efforts we make for the environment is an important part of our transformation and operations overall. Our environmental work and operations overall are constantly monitored and improved.

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In order for LKAB to remain a leading high-quality and sustainable supplier of highly processed iron ore products, we consider sustainability in everything we do. Our work is characterised by environmental considerations, which means that we work on quality improvement measures throughout the group.

Our operations have a major impact on the environment – on nature, water, air and biodiversity. LKAB takes responsibility for minimising our impact. We aim to be one of the most resource and environmental efficient mining and minerals companies in the world.

Our prioritised areas for action are:

All our coworkers should be environmentally aware and view it as a natural part of their daily work. Together, we are building a LKAB where even small measures for improvements for the environment count and are celebrated.

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LKAB and biodiversity

We take the loss of biological diversity in the world very seriously; one of our goals is to contribute to increased biodiversity by 2030.

Environmental reports

Under Swedish law, we are required to compile environmental reports, which are submitted to relevant authorities like the County Administrative Board of Norrbotten and, in some cases, the municipalities in which we operate. The reports include information on emissions, waste management and noise polution.

Our environmental reports (Swedish only)

Would you like a printed copy of an environmental reports? Please contact Siv Björnström at siv.bjornstrom@lkab.com.

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Public consultations

To ensure that applications for environmental permits, for example, are as good as possible, we are currently carrying out consultations linked to our transition.

Working environment

Do you want to learn more about our working environment? Visit our career pages for more information on what it is like to work at LKAB.

Common questions on the environment

You can find more information in our annual and sustainability reports. Every year, we produce environmental reports that are also available to read, but only in Swedish.
Lastly, there are a number of news pieces and press releases available on our web site.
Det finns också ett antal nyheter och pressreleaser att läsa på webbplatsen.
We welcome questions, comments and complaints about our activities. Please contact an environmental engineer or communications officer at the respective location.
When you submit a comment, question or complaint by telephone, form or e-mail, the environmental engineer at the respective location within LKAB is responsible for compiling a response. This may take different amounts of time depending on the complexity of the matter. The environmental engineer will let you know when you can expect a response shortly after they receive your case. Please note that this applies during office hours. During evening, weekend or holiday periods, responses may be delayed.
We are aware that at times there is disturbing dust from our industrial sites and facilities, especially during dry weather and windy conditions. Therefore, during the bare ground period, when there is no risk of freezing, sweeping, vacuuming, salting and irrigation are carried out on our sites, to reduce dusting. We carry out ongoing seeding of exposed areas, such as roadsides, dormant landfills and other areas not used in production. We also plant trees to reduce wind gain within the industrial area and carry the dust out towards the communities.
During winter and spring, it is more difficult to perform dust control as we cannot use water. At the Svappavaara quarry, a number of snow cannons are used to spread a fine mist of snow to stop the dust.
LKAB monitors the amount of dust, or falling dust as it is also known, on a monthly basis using a method called NILU, which is simply a can on a stand where the dust falls. The sample is dried and weighed and the amount of dust per 100 m2 is calculated. Here are the results measured at various points in our sites.
In addition, LKAB also takes snow samples annually, usually in March. Snow sampling involves taking a sample from snow cover to bare ground, drying and weighing the sample and calculating the amount of dust per 100 m2. From the snow sample, other things can also be checked, such as pH.
For more information, read our environmental reports (Swedish only).

LKAB kontrollerar mängden damm, eller nedfallande stoft som det också kallas, månadsvis genom en metod som heter NILU. Det är enkelt förklarat en burk som står på ett stativ där dammet faller ner. Provet torkas och vägs och mängden stoft per 100 m2 räknas fram. Här finns de uppmätta resultaten vid olika mätpunkter på våra verksamhetsorter.
LKAB monitors noise through measurements carried out by an external consultant once a year. The noise levels permitted are governed by the conditions of the operation.
As of 1 January 2017, outdoor activities must not exceed:
50 dBA daytime (07-18 in Malmberget, 06-18 i Svappavaara)
45 dBA evenings (18-22)
40 dBA nights (22-07 or 22-06)
Noise is measured at fixed points in the communities as well as inside our areas. Based on this mapping, measures are then planned in the industrial areas. In Svappavaara, the noise from blasting and the sound of the warning signal are not included in the measurements.
For more infornation, read our environmental reports (Swedish only).