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Bosch begins operation of largest solar power plant in the Indian automotive industry
The Bosch location in Nashik, India, has installed 36,000 solar panels at its site. The plant in the Indian city specializes in the production of components for fuel injection systems. To reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions at the plant, the site is now operating the largest solar power plant in India’s automotive industry. In three project phases since 2015, the local project team has had thousands of solar panels installed on rooftops, in parking lots, and in vacant areas.
To ensure that the solar modules operate seamlessly, they need to be thoroughly cleaned. To this end, Bosch experts have developed an inexpensive solution: a sprinkler system with special nozzles that spray the panels with constant water pressure at a 360-degree angle. The smart approach towards renewable solar energy saves energy equivalent to that required by 16,700 households and equivalent water saving 1.4 billion liters/year. With peak performance of 10 MWp, the solar power plant already covers 40 percent of the Nashik location’s day time energy needs. The aim is to increase the figure to 100 percent of day time energy need by 2018.
The new power plant is part of a comprehensive energy management approach that is based on three pillars. First, Bosch Nashik is systematically increasing energy efficiency throughout the value chain. Second, thanks to precise consumption analyses and forecasts, energy costs can be continuously reduced. Third, the Bosch location promotes projects that drive the expansion of renewable sources of energy forward. As a result, Bosch Nashik has reduced its CO2 emissions by 31,000 tons in the past four years, and saved 35 million units (35.000.000 kilowatt hours) of energy.
The project in India reflects the Bosch vision of sustainability: By 2020, the company aims to reduce its CO₂ emissions relative to value added by 35 percent over 2007 levels. More information about individual locations’ current efforts to protect the environment can be found in the Sustainability Report.
For efficient logistics: Bosch-led research project develops digital helpers for complex supply chains
Bosch and six partners spent three years working on the ProveIT research project. The consortium has now successfully completed the initiative, which developed digital tools that can help manage and optimize connected supply chains. Flexible and reliable logistics networks are a central part of Industry 4.0. By using ProveIt, companies can improve their transport performance, reduce costs, and cut CO2 emissions.
ProveIT stands for “Production-plan based recovery of vehicle routing plans within integrated transport networks”, and is primarily an IT platform. It pools all of the data required to monitor a supply chain and makes it available to a company’s materials and transport planners. What is more, ProveIt recommends the ideal transport route to logistics providers, one that takes the best possible use of all transport routes into account. In the event of an error in the logistics process, the integrated deviation function kicks in and the platform calculates which solution is the most efficient. For instance, if a truck is stuck in traffic, it calculates whether continuing on the route makes sense despite the delay. It also assesses whether a second truck should make its way to a supplier whose supplies are most urgently needed for production.
“The logistics provider can rely on the digital helper to monitor the trip. A warning is issued only when physical intervention is required,” says Dr. Markus Bauer, program manager for logistics IT at Bosch and head of the research project. The ProveIt platform also allows truck drivers to provide status updates with an app, for instance on start and arrival times, the beginning and end of a loading process, their departure from their destination, and delays along the way.
The German Federal Ministry of the Economy and Energy funded the project. Besides Bosch, six other companies and institutes were involved: ZF, an industrial company; the software developers PTV and LOCOM; the logistics company Geis; the FZI IT research center, and the Institute for Material Handling and Logistics Systems (IFL) of the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology.
Once the project was completed, Bosch entered a cooperation with FZI. Among other things, both partners intend to develop additional application functions such as digital freight documents with the aim of adding them to Bosch transport processes.
More information about ProveIt can also be found on the project website, which is only available in german.
Bosch takes a seat at the UN Roundtable to talk about eco-friendly growth
On June 15, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) hosted a roundtable in Moscow that was attended by 50 high-ranking representatives from business, science, and politics. In a plenary session in the Russian capital, the experts discussed eco-friendly growth under the banner of “Business and Climate: Strategies for low-carbon development. Success stories from Russia and the world”.
The first part of the event focused on national emission reduction strategies. In addition, the participants discussed tools that can be applied to support emission reduction initiatives. The contributions of Russian delegates as well as representatives of the German and British embassies, Ellen von Zitzewitz und Philip Douglas, were the main subjects of discussion. The embassies of both countries helped organize the discussion forum.
The afternoon was then dedicated to the world of business. More specifically, discussions focused on the profitability of companies against the backdrop of increasingly demanding climate protection requirements. In addition to this, the forum addressed corporate systems for the management of greenhouse gas emissions. Hansjürgen Overstolz, President and CEO of Bosch Russia, spoke about how the carbon footprint of companies can be reduced throughout the value chain.
From 2007 to 2016, Bosch reduced its CO₂ emissions relative to value added by 30.6 percent. By 2020, the figure is expected to be 35 percent. To achieve this goal, Bosch has made growing use of renewable sources of energy and implemented energy-saving measures at many of its locations. More information on the ways in which Bosch is contributing to SDG 13 and thus supporting the United Nations’ sustainability targets can be found in the Sustainability Report 2016.
The future ISO 14002 will support the operational set-up of ISO 14001
The transitional phase is ongoing: for almost two years now, it has been possible for organizations that obtain ISO 14001 certification to implement the 2015 version of the norm. This process must be completed by September 15, 2018. For this reason, the revised requirements of the world’s most important environmental norm are gaining significance for some 300,000 companies around the globe that operate in line with ISO 14001. At its plenary session in Halifax, Canada, which took place from June 7 to 16, 2017 the ISO/TC 207 technical committee thus initiated activities that will help companies meet future requirements. These include the drafting of the ISO 14002 norm, which Bosch is helping develop as part of Working Group 11.
250 experts from 40 countries travelled to ISO/TC 207’s plenary meeting in Halifax, Canada. The picture shows the German delegation.
ISO 14002 focuses primarily on improvements in the practical implementation of ISO 14001: 2015. The guideline norm also aims to help users gain a better understanding of the relationship between environmental factors and environmental conditions. The first part of ISO 14002, which was initiated in Halifax, will provide the basis for this. The parts to follow will address different environmental factors, such as water, resources, and biodiversity. Part 1 of ISO 14002 will be completed by 2020.
Since the beginning of the 1990s, companies, public authorities, and other public institutions around the world have been able to have their environmental management systems certified with the ISO 14001 standard. The version from the fall of 2015 brought forth changes in four areas: not only is the ecological impact of business activities included, the standard now also considers the ways in which organizations respond to changing environmental conditions. It now also focuses less on improving environmental management systems, and more on optimizing environmental performance. In addition, the revised standard requires that top management assume greater responsibility for environmental issues by driving this process of optimization forward. Finally, companies need to apply the revised requirements to their organizations’ internal and external communication.
Anne Marie Warris (left)), chairperson of the ISO/TC 207’s subcommittee 1 for the standardization of environmental management systems, and Sheila Leggett, the new chairperson of the ISO/TC 207 technical committee, with Bernhard Schwager.
Around 300,000 organizations around the world have ISO 14001 certification, 120,000 thereof in Europe. In Germany alone, over 8,000 organizations use this standard. And Bosch is among them: all locations have already implemented environmental management systems based on ISO 14001. By the end of 2016, more than 296 locations, or 87 percent, had been externally certified.
More information on systematic environmental management and the Bosch Group’s corporate environmental key figures can be found in the Sustainability Report under Sustainable Development Goal 13.
How e-bikes can improve urban traffic
Each day, we spend an average of about 11.5 hours sitting at our desks, in meetings, on the couch, or at restaurants. As a result, our physical activity is limited and we do not get enough fresh air. Getting to work is also part of the problem. In Germany, some 30 million commuters travel a total of 835 million kilometers each day.
Most of these commuters (82 percent) travel less than 25 kilometers, and could thus leave their cars at home and use e-bikes instead. Pedal electric cycles – pedelecs for short – are equipped with an electric drive that supports cyclists when they need it, thus enabling them to travel distances of up to 25 kilometers without breaking a sweat. Thanks to different levels of support, cyclists can decide themselves how much effort they want to put into pedaling.
Commuters who use pedelecs enjoy a largely stress-free commuting experience: particularly on short routes, e-bikes are often the fastest mode of transportation. Thanks to intelligent route planning, commuters can select routes with few intersections or without stop-and-go traffic. The Nylon onboard computer, which Bosch developed specifically for e-bikes, helps commuters navigate their way to work. The computer can be used to plan routes in advance, often making it possible to avoid long traffic jams. Moreover, pedelecs are eco-friendly: they emit only 1.25 percent the pollutants that cars do. As a result, pedelec users not only do something that is good for their health, they also contribute to protecting the environment.
Bosch spends about 400 million euros each year on e-mobility. The company also offers a broad range of components for e-bikes, among them the drive unit, which includes the motor and transmission, the power pack, and the onboard computer. According to ZIV’s most recent estimates, some 560,000 pedelecs were sold in 2016, up five percent over the previous year. This means that there are currently more than three million pedelecs on German streets.
eBikes can also be used as cargo bikes: in Brussels, Bosch technicians have been using e-cargo bikes since 2016.
More information on the ways in which e-bikes make urban life easier can be found here.