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Shaping the path to a carbon neutral company

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Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Companies have an important role to play here. Sustainable management is becoming a social obligation. This not only helps the environment, but also has positive effects on business. How do you make your company sustainable and carbon neutral?

Icebergs are melting. The sea level is rising. Extreme weather events are increasing. Climate change is altering our world, affecting the environment, society and the economy. The effects are clearly noticeable.

It is high time to act. In order to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees, a total of 420,000 million tonnes CO₂ may only be released into the atmosphere.

Melting glaciers. A carbon neutral building helps to prevent climate change - Climatec and Bosch

The pressure on companies has been growing. They are expected to limit their CO₂ emissions or even present a carbon neutral climate balance. In addition to protecting the environment, regional manifestations of climate change can also have a direct impact on business.

Employees, customers and investors are becoming more sensitive. They demand that companies implement transparent climate protection programmes and achieve visible success. Consumers increasingly associate the issue of the environment with securing future viability, prosperity, competitiveness and employment.

What does complete carbon neutrality within the enterprise mean?

Energy efficiency meassures overview

It means that processes, products and services do not further increase the CO₂ in the atmosphere. But despite all efforts, it is also clear that manufacturing companies in particular will not be able to completely avoid CO₂ emissions. However, they can implement compensation measures for this.

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol provides an international standard for the categorization of direct and indirect emission sources. These are classified into Scopes 1-3 according to their origin. Once the emission sources have been identified, companies should concentrate on optimizing Scopes 1 and 2 in the first step. Scope 3 is processed only in further steps.

Climate protection

... as an integral part of corporate strategy can have positive ecological and economic effects

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Bosch - a carbon neutral company

"Those who do not just consider climate protection, those who want to get serious about it, must answer three key questions: Why not right now, why not right here, why not ourselves?"

Dr. Volkmar Denner, Chairman of the Board of Management of Robert Bosch GmbH

Bosch is the first global industrial company to make its more than 400 locations CO₂-neutral by the end of 2020. In Germany, this goal was already achieved in 2019. Bosch is thus making a major contribution to climate protection and is playing a pioneering role worldwide.

Reducing CO₂ emissions: these measures yield results

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Continuous analysis

Analysis is crucial!

Modern energy management solutions rely on digitalization: The energy consumption of locations, buildings and machines is recorded and continuously analyzed. This creates transparency about all consumption and thus the basis for deriving the most important measures for increasing energy efficiency and reducing the CO₂ balance sheet.

After the implementation, continuous analysis and further optimization is carried out to keep energy consumption as low as possible. Such a system also supports the Bosch locations in their efforts to achieve CO₂ neutrality. Using an intelligent energy platform, the energy and resource consumption of more than 100 plants and locations of the Bosch Group worldwide is checked in real time and continuously optimized. The Bosch Energy Platform can also be used for other Industry 4.0 applications.

Analysis is essential!
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Sustainably increasing energy efficiency

Increase energy efficiency on a long-term basis

CO₂ emissions in production plants are mainly caused by the provision of process heat or cooling, mechanical energy, heat or lighting. In order to reduce these energy-related emissions sustainably, companies should use efficient technologies and decentralized generation models. In general, it is often possible to save considerably more energy and thus emissions than is generally thought. This starts with lighting and extends to demand-based control of ventilation systems, heat recovery concepts and switch-off management in production. Which measures are particularly useful for increasing energy efficiency in the long term is best worked out individually.

Two men are planning to increase energy efficiency of their plant
Use of new technologies in production facilities

Use of new technologies

Use modern technologies

In fact, many plants used by companies to generate electricity, heat, steam, compressed air and refrigeration are inefficient or outdated. Modern technologies can help to sustainably reduce around 20 to 30 percent of the energy consumed. This not only saves CO₂, but also a lot of money in the long term. So this investment is worthwhile!

Use modern technologies - supported by Bosch Energy and Building Solutions
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Leveraging potentials in production

Leverage energy saving potentials in production

Most energy is consumed in manufacturing companies in production. This holds enormous potential! To tap this potential, however, you need experienced experts. Many different projects show that a high consumption and permanent cost reduction is already possible with a short payback time. A holistic view of resource efficiency makes it possible to implement particularly intelligent concepts - and not only in the field of electricity. Carbon neutrality in the area of heat is also possible.

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Focus on renewable energies

Rely on renewable energies

One step that has a positive ecological and economic impact is the switch to renewable energy sources such as solar energy or biomass from renewable raw materials. After all, fossil fuels are finite and are becoming increasingly expensive. Anyone who relies on renewable energies for the generation of process heat, for example, sustainably protects the climate and can also benefit from economic advantages.

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Achieve guaranteed savings

Achieve guaranteed savings

With energy performance contracting, you outsource the responsibility for achieving your savings targets to a third party. The contractor is responsible for the design, planning, financing, implementation and proof of success. Investments and services during the contract period are refinanced by guaranteed energy cost savings.

Facility managers, occupants and staff enjoy energy savings
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Paying attention to resource efficiency

Pay attention to resource efficiency

Because here you look at the reduction of CO₂ emissions across the entire value chain of your company and do not just focus on energy resources. This not only allows you to achieve greater economic benefits, but also to further improve your company's carbon footprint.

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What is the best way to proceed?

To find the appropriate measures for your company, industry-specific factors must be taken into account. Within the framework of an efficiency partnership, our experienced experts will bring you on board. Together with your employees, we identify potentials, develop the right strategy and go along with you into the implementation.

How your project will succeed

In addition to the many technical capabilities, there are other success factors on the road to carbon neutrality.

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Commit to the project

Set a clear strategic goal with a roadmap that integrates all locations. Becoming CO₂ neutral has a greater chance of success if it is clear to everyone that the issue is important to management and that this is being shown.

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Communicate transparently

The strategy, all projects and teams and of course the achievements should be regularly communicated and made visible. This way, all employees as well as customers and partners can follow the progress.

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Involve your staff

Use the know-how of your employees from their daily processes and let them participate in the energy savings. Energy costs can be reduced by up to ten percent through energy-efficient behaviour alone.

Carbon neutrality use cases

Rothaus Brewery - regenerative and efficient

Brewery focuses on sustainability

The Rothaus brewery generates around 70 percent of its energy requirements with regional wood chips. This saves CO₂ and energy costs.

Energy manager at the Bosch plant in Homburg

Bosch plant on energy diet

Associates at the Bosch plant in Homburg monitor the energy consumption of each machine. This saves several million euros a year.