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At the world climate conference, Bosch presented best practice examples of CO2 reduction strategies
How can companies contribute to protecting the climate? This was one of the questions discussed at the 22nd world climate conference in Marrakech. From November 7 to November 18, delegates from more than 190 countries convened to talk about the implementation of the Paris climate agreement, which set the aim of limiting global warming to a maximum of two degrees Celsius. Until now, no national plans have been introduced to put the plan into practice.
On November 14, a press conference on “Business Leadership for Global Climate Action”, which was held by the International Chamber of Industry and Commerce on the occasion of COP 22, addressed the question of how companies can contribute to climate protection. Three representatives of global companies, among them Bosch, presented examples from their sustainability programs. Maxime Bureau, 3M’s Director Government Affairs Europe and a member of the company’s EMEA Operating Committee EMEA, talked about the ways in which 3M helps its customers reuse greenhouse gases, among other things. Jorge Soto, Sustainable Development Director of Braskem, the world’s largest producer of biopolymers, presented a three-pillar model that showed the company’s sustainable business practices throughout the supply chain.
Bernhard Schwager, head of sustainability at Bosch, presented the company’s climate protection activities. Internally, Bosch has set itself the aim of reducing its CO2 emissions relative to value-added by 35 percent over 2007 levels. By 2015, the company had already achieved a 29.7 percent reduction. Doing business in a sustainable manner has also paid off in economic terms: between 2007 and 2014, Bosch was able to save some 530 million euros in energy costs as a result of internal measures. Moreover, Bosch uses the expertise it has gained in internal processes to advise other companies.
At Bosch, energy efficiency also plays an important role at the product level. In recent years, Bosch products across business sectors have become more efficient, and their carbon footprint has been reduced. In the realm of mobility, the Bosch strategy is twofold. On the one hand, the company is continuously working to reduce the emissions of the internal combustion engine, and to make it more efficient. On the other, the company is investing in driving e-mobility forward, for instance with research in the area of battery technology.
From left to right: Karsten Sachs (BAMB), Sabine Nallinger (Stiftung 2°) and Dr. Urs Ruth (Bosch)
During the “German Hour – Challenges and Opportunities for companies in the implementation of the Paris Agreement” panel discussion that was held by Stiftung 2° at the German pavilion, panelists discussed the significance of the 2050 climate protection plan that the German business community concluded on November 14. Among other things, topics discussed included the extent to which companies could contribute to achieving the targets of national climate protection plans. During the discussion, Dr. Urs Ruth, Chief Expert Climate Change and Energy Resources at Robert Bosch GmbH, presented the approaches that Bosch has taken. Technical neutrality, he argued, is a central point: change must occur at a transformative rather than at a destructive pace, and e-fuels must be seen as a possible path away from fossil fuels in the transport sector. Other panelists included Dr. Karsten Sach, head of the international development department at the German Ministry of the Environment, and Sabine Nallinger, Managing Director of Stiftung 2°.
The video of the “Business Leadership for Global Climate Action” press conference can be seen here.
The video of the “Marrakech and beyond – a perspective from business” panel discussion, which Bernhard Schwager also took part in, can be found here.
Current examples of climate protection initiatives at Bosch can be found in the Sustainability Report.
At a panel discussion of the International Chamber of Commerce, Bosch discussed climate protection concepts for emerging markets
Last year, the average global temperature was about 1.2 degrees warmer than before industrialization, making 2016 the warmest year on record. During his presentation at the 22nd World Climate Conference (COP 22) in Marrakech, Petteri Taalas, Secretary General of the World Meteorology Organization (WNO), emphasized the urgency of implementing the Paris climate agreement that global leaders signed last year.
One of the biggest challenges of climate protection lies in transforming the economy. The topic was addressed at a panel discussion entitled “On the way to a resilient, low-carbon future”, which was organized by the International Chamber of Commerce during the World Climate Conference. Panelists from academia and business discussed a range of ways in which existing climate protection solutions could be applied in new markets, as well as how sustainable innovations could be made market ready. Markus Thill, President of Bosch Africa, was among the panelists. He argued that emerging markets in Africa offered many opportunities for sustainable economic growth. For instance, smart networking in agriculture could lead to more efficient use of water and help reduce crop losses. In mining, start/stop systems have the potential to reduce the CO2 emissions of work vehicles by up to 20 percent.
Panelists (from left to right): Russell Mills, Vice-Chair Energy and Climate Leadership Group, ICCA; Dr. Markus Thill, President Region Africa, Bosch Group; Mohamed Ourdedi, moderator and Secretary General of Morocco’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and Stuart Neil, Senior Executive Director of the World Energy Council.
With its population of more than one billion people, Africa is a major growth market for Bosch. The company has been active on the continent since 1906, and currently employs some 700 associates in ten countries. With its local presence, Bosch is paving the way for the use of sustainable solutions in the areas of mobility, industrial technology, and consumer goods. Not only does the company provide technology, it also invests in infrastructure and individual education and training programs. For instance, Bosch is involved in the “Afrika kommt!” (Africa is coming!) initiative, which offers young executives from sub-Saharan Africa scholarships in Germany.
More information on sustainable Bosch solutions can be found here.
Current information on the 22nd World Climate Conference can be found here.
Image sources: Bosch and COP 22.
Bosch has stepped up its commitment to climate protection.
With the adoption of a new climate agreement, the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris has drawn to a close. Some 200 countries have signed the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to less than two degrees over pre-industrial times. Among other things, all countries have committed to setting national climate targets that will be assessed every five years.
Outside the 21st Climate Conference in Paris
According to John Danilovich, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce, the results of the climate conference are a major step forward. “This agreement will give business and investors the long-term certainty they need to scale up innovation and investment in climate solutions. The path to a low-carbon economy is now firmly set: business is ready to make that a reality,” Danilovich said.
ICC press conference during COP21 in Paris [VIDEO]
Bosch also welcomes the climate agreement, and sees the agreement among United Nations member states as an important step toward reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. Each year, the company spends ten percent of its sales on research and development. And energy efficiency plays an important role at Bosch: in recent years, the company’s products across business sectors have continuously become more energy-efficient and eco-friendly. Moreover, Bosch has committed to climate targets by setting itself the aim of reducing its CO2 emissions relative to value-added by 20 percent over 2007 levels. While Bosch originally set 2020 as its target date, the company has already achieved the 20 percent reduction in 2015 thanks to a range of internal measures. Not only do these include the greater use of renewable energies, they also involve specially trained CO2 coordinators, who are in charge of identifying potential for reducing emissions at all relevant Bosch locations around the world.
Bernhard Schwager of Bosch as he speaks to Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research, at the German embassy in Paris
With regard to global climate targets, Bosch intends to build on its current energy-saving activities. The company has found that taking a sustainable approach to business also makes sound economic sense. Between 2007 and 2014, Bosch saved around 530 million euros as a result of energy-saving measures.
Updates on COP21 are available on the International Chamber of Commerce’s Twitter channel.
While the world climate conference was being held in Paris, experts at a parallel event discussed concepts for sustainable cities
Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and the number is expected to keep rising. In the context of climate change, urban centers play an important role. According to experts, more than 70 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions are generated in major cities. On December 5, representatives of business, academia, and trade associations took part in a panel discussion to discuss the related opportunities and risks. The event was held at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, in parallel to the world climate conference.
Michael Kloth, International Transport Forum, in conversation
with Bernhard Schwager from Bosch
Three speakers, among them Bosch’s Bernhard Schwager, talked about the future of cities. They addressed innovative mobility concepts and smart infrastructure, which are making a decisive contribution to enhancing quality of life in a sustainable manner, especially for urban populations. The examples discussed included Shanghai: a growing number of people are opting for e-bikes in the city, which is often plagued with extreme levels of smog. In the long-term, the low-emissions drive system is expected to see a breakthrough in the automotive sector as well. Until then, however, four of every five vehicles on the world’s roads will have an internal combustion engine. This is why Bosch invests not only in developing e-mobility solutions, but also in continuously improving the efficiency of diesel and gasoline engines with the aim of further reducing CO2 emissions. The company spends around ten percent of its sales on research and development each year.
The growing connectivity of many spheres of life can also be used to reduce the carbon footprint of city dwellers. MEMs sensors are at the core of smart technology. These tiny high-tech helpers can measure the flow of traffic, air quality, or the ambient temperature, for instance. In turn, this data makes it possible to manage public transit or ventilate buildings more efficiently.
As global leader for MEMS sensors, Bosch continues to push the smart networking of cities forward. The Monaco 3.0 project is one example of the company’s activities in this area. Together with its partners, Bosch is testing concepts in the city that connect urban infrastructure and public services to one another virtually. Monaco’s inhabitants thus receive real-time information about the current parking situation, or on traffic issues arising from road works. This and other pilot projects have shown that urban regions in particular can become pioneers in the responsible use of scarce resources.
“The future of megacities” Bosch special can be found here: Bosch Special
More information about the International Chamber of Commerce’s position on the global climate conference in Paris can be found here: ICC
The global provider of technology and services takes a multifaceted approach to climate protection.
On the road to COP21, there has been a great deal of debate about the private sector’s roles and responsibilities in the context of climate change. Questions about how industry can reduce its carbon footprint have been discussed extensively. In response, companies have introduced a broad range of measures to curb their energy consumption and reduce their CO2 emissions.
Bosch has long made conserving resources and protecting the environment a priority in all of its fields of business. At present, around 50 percent of the company’s R&D budget is spent on eco-friendly products, and about a third of Bosch sales are generated with such products. This clearly demonstrates that a sustainable approach to doing business pays off.
However, in order to reduce their carbon footprint in a lasting manner and make a meaningful contribution to protecting the climate, global industrial companies must do much more than focus on energy-efficient products. They must also assess their production practices and reduce the energy consumption and emissions of their locations around the world. At Bosch, a broad range of measures has been taken to reduce the company’s use of energy and raw materials, and to ensure that its locations are energy efficient. “We believe that technology companies have a responsibility. Not only can our products and services help protect the climate, we can also use innovative technologies to make our own activities more sustainable. That’s precisely what Bosch is doing,” says Guy Maugis, President of Bosch France.
Bosch’s recently opened global center for research and advance engineering is perhaps the most prominent example of the company’s commitment to using innovative, eco-friendly building technologies. Located in Renningen close to Stuttgart, the campus buildings feature planted roofs that collect rainwater for use during dry spells. By absorbing sunlight, the roof plants and vegetation also help keep indoor climate stable, thus reducing the need for air conditioning. In addition to this, the central building’s windows are triple glazed, and its facade is fitted with a sunscreen that automatically detects strong sunshine. This combination of technologies saves 20 to 30 percent of the energy that would otherwise be needed to keep the building cool. What is more, the solar panels on the roofs of buildings across the campus generate the as much power as 100 families consume in one year. In total, these measures reduce annual CO2 emissions by 200 tons.
Beyond its global research headquarters, Bosch has also introduced measures to improve the energy efficiency of its production processes around the world. At its Packaging Technology site in Beringen, Switzerland, for instance, the company saves 180,000 liters of heating oil and 480 tons of CO2 each year. It achieves this by heating its modern building with groundwater drawn from a basin that is 40 meters underground. This system can also be used to cool the building in summer. The building meets the requirements of the Swiss Minergie Standard, a label that promotes energy-optimized building practices.
The Bosch Thermotechnology site in Worcester, U.K. is another example of how resources can be conserved and emissions reduced with the targeted use of technology. A new water recycling system at the site has made production more energy-efficient and eco-friendly. Thanks to this system, cooling water from the production facility can be reused. Not only does this save 71 million liters of water each year, it also prevents 12 tons of CO2.
In Mellansel, Sweden, Bosch operates one of the most flexible and eco-friendly paint shops in the European mechanical engineering sector. Among other things, the company coats heavy-duty hydraulic motors that will be used in salt water with anti-corrosive paints. In so doing, the mixture of water and color pigments is closely monitored, as this enables the recovery of excess heat. As a result of this approach, the paint shop’s energy consumption has decreased by 75 percent. Moreover, the use of water-based paint has reduced the need for solvents by 80 percent.
Since 2007 Bosch has managed to reduce its CO2 emissions relative to value-added by over 20 percent. Furthermore, between 2007 and 2014, the company saved around 530 million euros in energy costs through in-house measures. This is perhaps the best proof that efforts to promote sustainability make sound economic sense. Indeed, protecting the climate can be a major source of business opportunity.