Drivers for growth

In a changing world we face new challenges, but also opportunities. Global trends in food, transportation and energy are fuelling growth in areas that are new for us. Climate change is one such example. The quest for greener and more sustainable energy sources is also creating new needs and with it interesting business opportunities. The same is true of changes in the food market, where the need for clean water must be secured and the search for new raw materials intensifies as consumers demand products with a lower carbon footprint.


There is a growing realization among communities, businesses and citizens that the world needs to make major changes in order to manage climate change. This transition will increasingly take place in collaborative partnerships between organizations – via new technology, guidelines and decisions – to ensure that solutions and measures are both long term and effective.

We offer technical solutions that optimize customers’ processes and use of resources, which is crucial to reducing companies’ carbon footprint. Helping our customers become more energy and resource efficient – and thus reduce their carbon footprint – is one of the driving forces for Alfa Laval.


Global energy needs are on the rise. At the same time, emissions must be reduced to meet agreed climate targets aimed at mitigating global warming. This challenge can be tackled in two ways: by focusing on efficient usage and increasing recycling of the energy currently generated, and by replacing current sources of energy with new sources that have a significantly lower carbon footprint.

Our solutions for green power generation, low-carbon hydrogen production and usage, renewable fuel production, refineries, green chemicals and other industries play an important role in the transition to more energy efficient processes in industry, both now and in the development of new forms of energy in the longer term.


Water is an increasingly scarce natural resource in many parts of the world. Rising demand for fresh water and the challenges posed by climate change are having a major impact on both the Earth’s population and ecosystems.

Alfa Laval’s solutions and technologies help reduce water consumption in industrial processes and improve water quality. These technologies can also significantly increase the amount of recycled water.

Environmental legislation

Human impact on the environment is resulting in increasingly stringent legislation. Meanwhile, companies are being encouraged to make voluntary efforts to improve their sustainability performance.

Alfa Laval offers products and solutions to help customers monitor and manage the implementation of new regulations and guidelines relating to areas such as energy needs and emissions from shipping.


A growing middle class and increasing urbanization continue to be strong global trends. As a result, demand for ready-made food and resource-efficient supply chains is increasing. At the same time, more and more consumers want the products they eat and drink to have minimal environmental impact.

Today’s hygienic applications for the food industry include separators, heat exchangers, pumps and valves. These products meet stringent hygiene requirements, help optimize the use of raw materials and create sustainable alternatives as the world’s population expands.

Global trade

International trade connects a world where raw materials are extracted in one country and processed in another, and where the finished products are transported to customers all over the world.

Increasing international trade brings growing demands for efficient global value chains. For more than a century, Alfa Laval has been supplying products and systems to the marine industry, including separators for cleaning fuel in engine rooms, heat exchangers that generate fresh water, pumping systems to clean ballast water and technology to reduce the sulphur content of ship exhaust gases.