Our Environmental Commitment in Figures
2012 EKPI Report: Development of key environmental performance indicators 2011–2012
In 2012, there was a slight increase over the previous year in energy consumption (power, fossil fuel) and the quantity of waste relation to product volume. As a result, (calculated) carbon emissions also rose. At sites with high energy usage, we began to introduce energy management systems to stop, and indeed reverse, this trend. The growing amount of waste is being subjected to indepth analysis. The following developments could be the cause of the increased consumption:
Our customers – for example the automotive industry – expect optimally adapted products on their vehicles. These kinds of adaptations mean additional production steps for an almost identical product mass. This, therefore, involves additional energy expenditures, for example. The manufacturing penetration has increased with other products. We no longer buy primary products – we make them in-house with our own systems. This consumes more energy. It also generates production waste. To reduce the fuel consumption of vehicles, the automotive industry requires us to supply vehicle parts that are lighter yet have the same properties. These developments, which have multiplied in recent months, increase key indicators relative to material mass.
Aside from these changes, our key environmental indicators provide a precise overview of the development of our consumption of resources, ranging from energy and water consumption through to CO2 emissions. The key indicators continue to be linked to clearly defined goals as regards reductions in energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and overall waste, and increases in the percentage of overall waste that is recycled.
We believe it is important to reduce the environmental impact of our production facilities step by step. We have already accomplished much in this area since the introduction of these key indicators in 1999. Since then, we have reduced electric power consumption as well as fossil fuel consumption by roughly 40 percent. The related specific CO2 emissions have dropped by as much as 45 percent. And we have succeeded in reducing waste by just short of 60 percent.
We are sticking to our goal of reducing our energy consumption and waste production in the future. Our target is annual reductions of 3 percent in each of these areas. What is more, we want to achieve a constant recycling rate of 95 percent. This will allow us to further reduce the consumption of raw materials while at the same time increasing the circulation ratio in the material cycle and save natural resources overall.
Fuel and Steam
Databasis: Plants worldwide