A very strong driving force for the environmental work is the political vision of Sweden as an international forerunner in the striving for a sustainable society. Sweden's national environmental objectives, passed by parliament, describe a desired state in our environment within one generation. These objectives are tools to reach the political vision and to work towards the objectives. This means that FMV has to have its environmental work going beyond the standard legal requirements.
Our prime customer, the Swedish Armed Forces, also requires FMV to work in an environmentally sound manner. This relates to the fact that the main environmental impact from the Armed Forces operations arises from the use of the systems supplied by FMV.
Legal requirements as well as the political vision of a sustainable society, and demands from the Armed Forces, require FMV to work with environmental issues in a systematic way. In the acquisition process we consider environmental requirements both on the contractors' work and on the products and systems delivered, within a life-cycle approach. Consequently, we have chosen to integrate our environmental management system, based on ISO 14001, into our integrated management system.
FMV also affects the environment directly through internal activities such as travel, office activities and the activities at our test ranges. Function testing and environmental resistance testing of weapons, ammunition and combat vehicles as well as some missile testing are undertaken at the test range in Karlsborg, located in the middle of Sweden. Flight testing of aircraft and helicopters with their associated weapon systems is carried out in Linköping, not far from Karlsborg, and function testing of missile systems and target flight activities are undertaken in Vidsel, in northern Sweden. The major environmental impacts at the test ranges arise from flight movements in the form of energy consumption, emissions into the air, and noise.
In the implementation of projects and the development of products on behalf of FMV, compliance with swedish environmental legislation (e.g. the Swedish Environmental Code), EU environmental legislation (e.g. REACH and CLP) as well as international environmental conventions, is of utmost importance.
The Supplier's Environmental Plan
For some contracts FMV may require that the supplier establish an Environmental Plan describing how environmental measures are taken in the course of a project.
The Environmental Plan shall describes how the environmental work or the environmental management will be applied in the supplier's commitment to FMV, and what measures are will be taken to ensure and confirm that e.g. legal requirements, internal requirements and FMV's environmental requirements are met.
Below is a supporting document that describes how an Environmental Plan can be outlined.
For some contracts FMV may require that the supplier produce a Recycling Manual for the system in question. The aim of this Recycling Manual is to provide all the information that is needed to dispose of the system in a way that minimizes the effect on people's health and the surrounding environment.
The Recycling Manual should provide information about substances, components and materials in the system, special regulations or legislation that could affect the recycling of the system, help to maximise the reuse, and recycling of the system and its components, as well as dismantling the system.
FMV requires that the supplier produce the Recycling Manual according to the below document version 2.0 (version 1.0 may be applicable to current contracts):
Requirements on chemical substances
Please see information on requirements on chemical substances in The defence sector´s criteria document - Chemical Substances, Chemical Product and Articles below.
Environmental requirements on goods and services
To help our project managers to use appropriate environmental requirements, we have developed a set of requirements relating to specific materials, goods and services. The requirements are in both swedish and english.
For you as a supplier: The requirements have been secured both from a technical and legal viewpoint, but we are grateful for comments to further improve the quality of the tool.
"The defence sector's criteria document” is a tool for the defence sector. The purpose is to establish environmental and human health requirements for procurement and purchase of chemical products, articles and services where applicable. By establishing such requirements, the defence sector will contribute to reduce its impact on the environment and human health.
It is important to note that compliance to the criteria does not relieve the Contractor from the obligation to have sufficient competence and responsibility for substances in their chemical products and/or articles. The supplier is responsible to follow both Swedish legislation and EU decided laws, directives and other rules of law that concern the chemical product and/or the article.
If you need older versions of The Defence Sector´s Criteria Document, please contact email@example.com
Specific exemptions are given by the defence sector when it is deemed not to be currently technically or economically feasible to avoid certain chemicals or specific substances included in products or articles. These exemptions are specified in the criteria document. If exemption for a specific use of a substance of a chemical product is not mentioned, the supplier can apply for exemption for the use if there are exceptional reasons and if no acceptable substitute is available.
Examples of exceptional reasons are e.g. substances that are required to achieve a certain critical function or when the nature of the work requires use of a specific restricted substance. A prerequisite to apply for exemption is that there are no current legislation obstacles, as restrictions or bans on the use of the substance.
In an application for exemption, the handling shall be well justified and risk assessed by the supplier. Applications for exemptions are regulated separately by the respective authority within the Swedish defence sector, and should be made by using a specific application form. The application form is available both in Swedish and in English.
Applicationform for exemption
FMV Chemistry firstname.lastname@example.org