The environmental impact of a Husqvarna product varies over its lifetime, but is normally greatest during the period when it is used. Husqvarna's investments in product development are aimed at creating products that feature high performance in combination with improvements in energy consumption, exhaust emissions, safety, ergonomy, recycling and efficient service. Development work is structured in accordance with the Husqvarna Product Creation Process (PCP) and creates a framework for integrating environmental considerations in product development.
Technology from a sustainability perspective
Launched in 2009, AutoTune is a technological and environmental breakthrough in professional chainsaws. AutoTune uses a computer chip to regulate the flow of fuel to the engine, which optimizes performance and minimizes exhaust emissions. It has received the internal Husqvarna award for Best Green Innovation, 2009.
The Automower® Solar Hybrid is driven by both solar cells and batteries. The solar panel reduces energy consumption and extends the lifetime of the batteries.
The X-TORQ® engine technology developed by Husqvarna for two-stroke engines reduces exhaust emissions and fuel consumption, and maintains high performance. X-TORQ® reduces fuel consumption by up to 20%, and exhaust emissions by up to 60-75%, depending on the model/product. This new technology reduces fuel costs as well as emissions of hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides, and also generates a better working environment.
Environmental fuel and lubricants
Husqvarna was one of the first to offer environmentally modified fuels and lubricants, such as alkylate petrol, which has much lower levels of benzene and olefins than conventional petrol. The Group has also developed Vegoil, an optimized oil for chains that extends the life of the chain and reduces environmental impact.
Products from a sustainability perspective
Automower® was developed by Husqvarna and was the first robotic lawn mower on the market. Automower® is silent and efficient, emits no exhaust gases and features low energy consumption.
The world´s first battery-driven cultivator was launched in 2009.
Husqvarna Cobra wire, C1200
The Cobra wire was developed for heavy-duty sawing of concrete and stone without using water. The wire can be used for demolition of nuclear power stations, which involves substantial environmental problems. Cobra can also be used to saw through large, complex metal structures, which offers new opportunities for recycling of materials. It has received the internal Husqvarna award for Best Green Innovation, 2008.
Husqvarna Power cutter, KB3000 WET, with water tank, WT10
The Husqvarna Power cutter KB 3000 WET is the first electric power cutter that is approved for use together with water, and features a portable water tank, WT10. It is based on cost-efficient, clean technology and offers good ergonomy as well as low consumption of energy and water.
Gardena Water Computer, C1060 solar plus
This new solar panel automatically charges the batteries even in cloudy weather. No change of batteries needed.
Gardena Humidity sensor for automatic watering
This sensor measures humidity in the ground and initiates watering if needed, which eliminates unnecessary and wasteful watering.