Reducing CO2 emissions

We want to understand and continuously reduce our ecological footprint. From sustainable lighting solutions through to sustainable buildings, along the entire value chain, step by step, from one goal to the next. By converting to electricity from renewable energy at most of our locations, we have already achieved a significant reduction in our CO2 emissions and are now working to make all our plants climate neutral by 2025.

And we want to go a lot further:

Data on the CO2 footprint of our suppliers and the energy consumption of the purchased products will be collected as the basis for future reducing measures.

Our Sustainability Focus

On the road to achieving climate neutrality (Scope 1 and 2 according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol), we are focusing on the avoidance and reduction of emissions before venturing down the route of carbon offsetting.

Progressive climate change represents a threat to the existence of future generations and the entire economic system. The development of global warming, which is caused by a rising concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, plays a significant role.

Companies in all industries are challenged to record and rapidly reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions as well as the emissions from all upstream and downstream processes.

The Zumtobel Group has set a goal to make its own processes climate neutral (Scope 1 and 2) by 2025. As preparation for the EU Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence, like Thorn, the Zumtobel Group plans to collect data on all material emissions along its entire value chain and will set ambitious reduction goals.

The objective is to steadily reduce emissions based on a strong commitment. In this way, the Zumtobel Group will make an active contribution to limiting global warming to 1.5° Celsius over the pre-industrial level in agreement with the Paris Climate Agreement.

Journey Highlights

The conversion of major production locations to green electricity in 2021/22– including sources like hydro-power, eco-electricity and electricity from solar power (photovoltaics) – led to a year-on-year reduction of >50%.

This conversion was also responsible for a substantial increase in the share of renewable energy during the past financial year.

Newly installed cooling equipment was filled with new innovative HFO-refrigerants that have a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of <1, which has reduced the greenhouse gas potential to a minimum.