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INTRODUCTION Leading the way in sustainable technical consulting ÅF is an international consulting company. Our base is in Europe, but our business and clients extend right across the globe. ÅF comprises four divisions – Energy, Industry, Infrastructure, and Technology – each with its own spectrum of specialist skills to match the needs of its clients. Since the company was founded in 1895 with the aim of preventing accidents and making more efﬁcient use of steam power, ÅF has played a major role in the industrial developments that have revolutionised society. The company has guided its clients through four major technology changes – steam, electricity, nuclear power and computerisation – and remained at the forefront of technical progress both throughout the industrial era and in today´s information society. The Industry Division is a leader in consulting services in the ﬁelds of process technology, energy efﬁciency, environmental engineering, industrial IT, automation, electric power systems and mechanical engineering. In Scandinavia, the division is also responsible for ÅF’s offers to the energy market. The Infrastructure Division holds a leading position in the ﬁeld of consulting services for infrastructure in Scandinavia. The Technology Division offers solutions and consulting services in ﬁelds that include telecommunications, defence and development. The key to success ÅF seeks to improve its clients’ operations and make them more efﬁcient by offering solutions that are sustainable over the long term. As a company and an important corporate member of society, ÅF also understands that sustainability is the key to the company’s own success and continuing development. Local roots and global reach Each year ÅF performs more than 30,000 assignments for some 10,000 clients. Assignments vary in length from just a few hours to hundreds of thousands. In recent years ÅF has expanded through acquisitions and organic growth, becoming increasingly international. Each part of ÅF enjoys considerable autonomy, and this helps secure strong local roots while the company’s global structure contributes strength and stability. The collective experience within ÅF places the company ﬁrmly in the front rank of technological development. Even so, the solution ÅF delivers is not necessarily the most technically sophisticated – but it is always the best! ÅF has a long history of environmental and corporate social responsibility, contributing through client assignments to the sustainable development of industry and society as a whole. Four specialist divisions The Energy Division focuses on technical and ﬁnancial consulting services for the energy sector, from advice on business models to implementing investments in power plants and the many related environmental issues. ÅF is an international consulting company, with business all over the world and ofﬁces in many countries, marked here in green. 2 GREEN ADVISOR REPORT 2 011: 0 2