Will They Be the First Net-Zero Manufacturing Company?
It is no small thing for a large global manufacturing company to declare to the world that they will be net-zero for carbon by 2030. For a company like Siemens, with offices, warehouses and energy intensive manufacturing facilities all over the world, this is quite a goal. It helps that many of the renewable energy and energy efficiency products that they will use are made by Siemens so really for them this is win-win.
The Plan for Net-Zero Carbon.
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.
The company plans on investing in new technologies such as energy management systems and automation systems for buildings and production processes as well as energy-efficient drive systems for manufacturing. With these strategies, Siemens expects to slash its energy costs by €20 million a year.
Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG commented:
Cutting our carbon footprint is not only good corporate citizenship, it’s also good business.
To reduce its CO2 emissions over the long term, the company has a developed 3 strategies:
- Use distributed energy systems at its production facilities and office buildings to optimize energy costs.
- Systematically employ low-emission vehicles and e-mobility concepts in its global car fleet.
- 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 is being designed to meet the highest standards for environmental friendliness, resource conservation and sustainable construction .
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.