Energy efficiency in manufacturing offers companies the chance to not only reduce their carbon footprint but also to save millions of dollars on energy and becoming more competitive at the same time. Measuring and tracking energy intensity for manufacturing companies starts the organization on a path that very quickly starts to impact operational efficiency of the organization.
As a company becomes more energy efficient and starts to consider renewable energy into their strategy the possibility of becoming net zero energy and carbon neutral starts to become possible. Actually making a public statement and assigning a date to this goal is a bold step that takes courage at the top.
Siemens has announced just this. Keep in mind that this huge company makes components for renewable energy systems such as solar and wind and is therefore “in the industry” if you will. This is a case of the manufacturing goals lining up with the product and marketing goals of the company. Here is the news from Siemens
Siemens aims to be the world’s first major industrial company to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030. By as early as 2020 the company plans to halve its annual carbon dioxide emissions.
Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG had this to say:
“”Cutting our carbon footprint is not only good corporate citizenship, it’s also good business””,
Siemens aims to be the world’s first major industrial company to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030. The company plans to cut its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions – which currently total about 2.2 million metric tons a year – in half by as early as 2020. To achieve these goals, Siemens will invest some €100 million over the next three years in order to reduce the energy footprint of its production facilities and buildings.
By investing in innovative technologies ? such as energy management systems and automation systems for buildings and production processes as well as energy-efficient drive systems for manufacturing ? Siemens expects to slash its energy costs by €20 million a year.
To reduce its CO2 emissions over the long term, the company will also apply three additional levers. First, it will use distributed energy systems at its production facilities and office buildings to optimize energy costs. Second, it will systematically employ low-emission vehicles and e-mobility concepts in its global car fleet. And third, it will move toward a clean power mix by increasingly tapping sources of energy ? such as natural gas and wind power ? that emit little or no CO2.
Siemens will launch its CO2 reduction program next fiscal year. Under the program, some €40 million will be invested at 15 different manufacturing locations worldwide to improve energy efficiency. Siemens’ new Munich headquarters building ? which is to meet the highest standards for environmental friendliness, resource conservation and sustainable construction ? will make a major contribution in this regard.
Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio bundles the company’s technologies in the area of energy efficiency and CO2 reduction. In fiscal 2014, the Portfolio generated sales of €33 billion, or 46 percent of Siemens’ total revenue. Solutions from Siemens enabled customers to reduce their CO2 emissions by 428 million metric tons ? an amount equal to half of Germany’s total carbon dioxide emissions.
Here is video explanation from Siemens
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.