At our production center in Malang, Indonesia, the boiler supplying NIVEA and Hansaplast production was revamped in 2012 to increase its efficiency. Modifying the piping system has led to a considerable reduction in fuel consumption. In 2013 we converted the energy system of the boiler from oil to gas and, as a result, we achieved a CO2 reduction of about 48% in comparison to 2012.
Until now, all compounding equipment, such as tanks or pipes, has been steamed in place following a cleaning in place process. However, we are now able to achieve optimal levels of cleanliness by cleaning without steaming, thus using fewer resources. In 2012 our production facility in Berlin, Germany, reduced the steaming frequency for one of our continuous production lines. They are planning to extend this to other production lines in the future.
In Hamburg, Germany, leakages in compressed air systems were identified and eliminated to reduce energy consumption. Using a detection device, employees identified several leaks, which when sealed, resulted in savings of 600m³/h for the period July 2011 until October 2012.