Nowadays, taking responsibility is profitable. By developing methods and technologies for resolving environmental problems – and contributing to energy recovery which does not cause new ones – IQR is able to link good economy with good ecology. IQR’s main work involves recycling wood. We recover energy from railway sleepers and building materials.
Developing systems, machinery and methods for recycling and energy development means that we are creating opportunities for sustainable development; allowing people to build, live and work in a way which paves the way for the future, not stopping it in its tracks before it has even begun. If you look at it like this, ecology and economy are, quite simply, one and the same thing. Environmental issues are international issues.
IQR is working on some of the most current environmental issues and is currently spearheading the development of methods for dealing with waste in a responsible manner, as well as creating environmentally friendly energy. Railways are central. How we get about in the future will determine whether we are able to take that step into a relational society – but without getting a society which dumps its waste into the bargain.Waste is also significant. Often, what our railways, roads and buildings leave behind is waste which should be dealt with. But it does not go without saying that this will be done in a responsible way, either in Sweden or elsewhere in Europe. It is not enough for companies to hide behind environmental policies that no-one needs to adhere to.
We think it is time for everyone to take waste seriously and start to act. We also prove that taking responsibility is profitable; and so now changes are really getting under way.Finally, we need to look at energy. We need to use all available resources to create sustainable energy supplies which do not poison our environment, and do not cause acid rain. Our methods link responsible waste disposal with the efficient supply of energy. In this way, we turn environmental problems into environmental solutions. Take a look at this presentation to find out how we achieve this.
Thomas Karlström, MD, IQR