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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.
In Lima, Bosch addresses the global business community's contribution to protecting the climate
After being extended for an extra day, the World Climate Conference drew to a close in Lima this past weekend. In the end, the participating countries were able to reach a basic consensus and define basic criteria for national climate protection agreements. The 37-page document will shape the foundation of the global climate agreement that will be concluded at the next United Nations Climate Change Conference in December 2015. The aim of the agreement is to limit the increase in global temperatures to two degrees Celsius.
As a global provider of technology and services that focuses on energy-efficient products, Bosch was present at the conference to talk about the reduction of CO2 emissions around the world. The company took part in a number of events, including the “Caring for Climate Business Forum”, a conference where some 250 representatives from business, politics, and civil society discussed the economic opportunities of a low-carbon economy. Prominent speakers included UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, as well as Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). At the press conference of the International Chamber of Commerce on December 8, Bosch also had the opportunity to present its CO2 reduction targets to journalists from around the world. We also presented our view of the political framework required for companies to invest in developing efficiency technologies.
As a company, Bosch sees great potential for energy savings in the areas of residential and commercial buildings, industrial processes, and transport. Here, we see power and fuel-saving solutions as drivers of innovation that will allow us to maintain our competitive edge while at the same time contributing to lower energy costs. These are two of the reasons why we spend about half of our annual research and development budget on products that minimize the use of raw materials, and thus help protect the environment. In addition to this, by 2020 we aim to reduce the relative CO2 emissions of our locations by 20 percent over 2007 levels.
You will find a video clip of the ICC press conference here
Stricter emissions limits for Germany starting in 2015
The cold winter days see homeowners using their tiled ovens or fireplaces as a pleasant, low CO2 source of heat. As a renewable resource, firewood has a much lower carbon footprint than natural gas. However, from January 2015, the owners of wood-burning stoves, ovens, and open fireplaces will also have to take other environmental requirements into account as the German Federal Emission Protection Directive for small and medium sized firing systems (1. BlmSchV) goes into effect.
The directive aims to encourage fireplace owners to upgrade or replace their ovens so that particle emissions in residential buildings are reduced. In this way, it supports the German federal government’s sustainable energy and climate protection policy. At the same time, it will prevent hazardous substances from being emitted as a result of wood burning.
The new rules apply especially to old systems that are at least 40 years old. If their particle emissions exceed the permissible limit of 0.15 grams per cubic meter and their carbon monoxide emissions are greater than four grams per cubic meter, the homeowners concerned can either upgrade or replace their ovens by the end of 2014. They can either buy a new system or have their old wood-burning stoves retrofitted with a particle filter, which costs between 600 and 1000 euros.
While modern ovens generally meet the new requirements, homeowners should inform themselves of emissions limits nonetheless before they opt for a tiled oven. This is because even newer models that do not comply with the new standard will have to be upgraded or replaced in the coming years.
Reducing global energy consumption with technical innovation
On November 2, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presented the results of its Fifth Assessment Report in Copenhagen. The more than 2000-page report summarizes current expertise on global warming and highlights the risks of climate change. Recommendations for action have been developed based on the report. These will be discussed at the United Nations World Climate Conference, which is scheduled to take place at the beginning of December in Lima, the capital of Peru.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the fifth report proves that rising temperatures and sea levels are the result of high concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Experts believe that human influence is likely the main reason for this. In order to mitigate climate change, scientists recommend drastically decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, to the tune of 40 to 70 percent by 2050, and 100 percent by 2100. To achieve this, the transition to renewable sources of energy and away from CO2-emitting fuels such as coal, oil, and gas would have to be faster around the world. Moreover, using energy more efficiently at a global level is indispensable. The IPCC sees innovative technology as one way of stabilizing or reducing energy consumption by 2050.
“The results of the report pose a major challenge for the global community: finding new solutions for the efficient use of energy. If we tackle this challenge properly, it is a major opportunity for us,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. “Developing energy-efficient products not only gives us an innovative edge, it also helps protect the environment and makes life more comfortable. Moreover, such products save consumers money.”
Developing energy-efficient products that conserve resources has long been a central part of Bosch strategy. Today, the company generates around 40 percent of its sales with such technologies – among them power-generating fuel-cell heating systems, fuel-efficient gasoline direct injection, and clothes dryers that use even less energy that the A+++ standard. What is more, the company has committed to reducing its own CO2 emissions by 20 percent over 2007 levels by 2020. As early as 2013, Bosch’s relative CO2 emissions were 16 percent lower than in the reference year.
More information on energy efficiency at Bosch can be found here
Online tool from Bosch helps optimize the energy balance in buildings.