The burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and gas, is inextricably linked to the rise in greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere. It makes a fundamental contribution to climate change and thus increases global warming – a challenge for us all.
Energy is of decisive importance for our production process. At the same time, the combustion of fossil fuels to produce energy presents major challenges for the global community. As a company, we therefore want to drive the shift towards clean, renewable energies further. Our goal: stop using energy from fossil fuels. Nothing less than an energy transformation is necessary at some sites; production sites that already have a certified quality and environmental management system are to be given an energy management system that is to be certified according to ISO 50001 by 2023.
Renewable energies in particular play a decisive role. By using them, we reduce CO2 emissions of energy carriers such as coal, gas or oil. Currently, we obtain 161 giga watt hours of energy from renewable and 289 giga watt hours from non-renewable sources of energy. The energy obtained from renewable sources consists of electricity, district heating and district cooling. These come from sources of energy such as water, wind and solar power or bio mass.
Today, already 41 per cent of our electricity consumption comes from sustainable, renewable sources. By 2025, this amount should be 70 percent, and by 2030, actually 90 percent. Furthermore, by 2025, we want to increase the renewable power we produce ourselves to 1.5 percent and by 2030, to 2.5 percent of our total power consumption. This contribution toward the fight against global warming and climate change is the focus.
Driving our energy efficiency forward is also very high on our agenda. For decades, we have been occupying ourselves with reducing our energy requirements and at the same time increasing our output. We want a more efficient handling of energy. Therefore, we are investing strongly in new technologies and production systems worldwide. Further savings result from process efficiency and optimization. By 2025, we want to improve our energy efficiency (kWh/TEUR turnover) by 10 percent and by 2030, actually by 20 percent.