Environment & climate

Falck strives to reduce its environmental and climate impact

We commit to identifying and mitigating risks, promoting sustainable processes and products and increasing energy efficiency.

It is our assessment that Falck’s biggest adverse impact derives from the fuel consumption of our vehicles. In 2020, we began preparing for a transition from diesel and petrol-powered vehicles to electric vehicles and adopting the use of biofuels. This would lower our CO₂-impact considerably, thereby supporting UN Sustainable Development Goal no. 13, “Climate action”.

We realise that our operations also impact the climate and the environment in other ways, e.g. through the energy consumption in buildings, the products manufactured by our suppliers and the business travel of our employees, cf. scope 1-3 guidelines of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Accounting and Reporting Standard. However, it is our assessment that we can make the biggest impact within scope 1 related to the fuel consumption of our fleet of ambulances, roadside assistance trucks, patient transport vehicles and other passenger cars, which drove an aggregate of more than 150 million kilometres in 2020.

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Green Fleet policy: Phase 1

In phase 1 of Falck’s transition of its fleet of vehicles, we are implementing a 100% electric company car policy in Denmark. All new passenger cars ordered by the Company after 1 January 2021 must be 100% electric (not hybrid). The transition will take place over the coming years as existing lease contracts expire.

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Green Fleet policy: Phase 2

Phase 2 of the transition encompasses ambulances, non-emergency patient transport vehicles and other vans. The number of electric vans in the market which can form the basis of an ambulance is limited. Once the van is converted and fitted with the necessary equipment, the weight of the vehicle and its power consumption while operating is significant, and the speed and range is too limited for our needs. With current battery technology, an electric ambulance will therefore not be able to meet the requirements for speed and range of our customers. Battery technology is evolving fast, and Falck follows the development of electrical vans closely for the purpose of switching to electric vehicles as soon as this is feasible without compromising the quality of the ambulance service delivery.

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Green Fleet policy: Phase 3

Phase 3 covers roadside assistance and firefighting trucks. Electric solutions currently available are limited, and Falck is instead looking at biofuels, hydrogen-power, natural gas or a combination of these to fuel the heavier vehicles in the fleet.

In 2020, Falck started testing biofuels in Denmark, following successful tests in Sweden. Q8 is supplying the biodiesel HVO100 used in the tests. HVO100 (hydrotreated vegetable oil) is a 100% fossil-free product made from renewable and sustainably sourced fats and oils, including waste and residue from food industries. It has the same or better technical properties as regular diesel and can be used in existing vehicles, where the manufacturer has approved HVO. HVO100 can reduce CO₂ emissions by up to 90%. Its tailpipe CO₂ emissions are considered zero, as the amount of carbon dioxide released upon combustion equals the amount the renewable raw material has absorbed earlier.

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