Energy

Beiersdorf CO2 Emissions 2013

Reduction in CO2 Emissions thanks to 'Blue Building'

Beiersdorf’s 'Blue Building' program for constructing and using buildings aims at sustainably managing the entire life-cycle of its owner-occupied properties. This includes saving energy, conserving resources and, at the same time, providing a working environment for all employees which is both attractive and healthy. One of the key criteria for all major real estate projects in 2013 was certification according to standards for sustainable buildings.

The new production center in Mexico is a good example. It is one of the few facilities worldwide that have been planned according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Environmental Standards. The new plant will use significantly less water and be much more energy-efficient than comparable structures. When finished, the building will boast an array of sustainable measures, such as cogeneration systems and optimized water purification processes.

The Spanish production center in Argentona installed a photovoltaic system at the beginning of 2013. 480 solar modules on the roof of the production building will provide about 170,000 kilowatt hours, which is almost 10% of the yearly electricity need. In addition, the plant significantly reduced CO2 emissions: now 40.5 tons less CO2 will end up in the air each year. The plant is also investing in the climate-friendly optimization of the lighting systems in both the production building and the warehouses, which will reduce CO2 emissions by another 12.5 tons per year.

Our Spanish offices in Madrid moved to a green building with a 'Mega Skin' which maintains a more constant temperature inside the building, and so reduces the need for heating and air-conditioning. The skin enables more natural light to enter the building, thus decreasing lighting costs. In addition, solar panels have been installed on the roof to heat water and generate electricity. As a result of these and other measures, we achieved a significant CO2 reduction in 2013.

In 2011 we installed a photovoltaic system at our offices in Italy. Every year 35 tons of CO2 are saved, which is equivalent to planting 4,665 trees. In 2013 we achieved energy savings in our Austrian offices of 73.5% by switching from neon lamps to LED ones. This equates to 32.5 tons of CO2.

We have implemented a number of measures aimed at reducing CO2 emissions in buildings at our headquarters in Hamburg. These measures include: optimizing lighting, installing free cooling systems for our laboratory buildings, cogeneration systems, high-efficiency motors and pumps. We have reduced our annual CO2 emissions by approximately 1,000 tons, thanks to the installation of the cogeneration systems alone. Our current program for efficient office lighting will reduce our CO2 emissions by a further 30 tons per year, and partially switching off our outdoor lighting at night will reduce annual CO2 emissions by another 18 tons. Some of our dishwashers are now using heat from the cogeneration systems, instead of electric water heaters, for their hot water, which reduces CO2 emissions by 26 tons per year. Changes in our printing center have resulted in savings in CO2 emissions of 11 tons per year.

The net result of these and other initiatives will be a reduction in the CO2 emissions at our headquarters’ buildings of 3,010 tons per year, or about 20%, within three years. In addition to making these savings, Beiersdorf Germany will switch the entire electricity supply to renewable sources in 2016.

The new kindergarten, which is located at our headquarters in Hamburg, was built in accordance with the sustainability criteria of the German Association for Sustainable Building (DGNB). Sustainable construction are for example the installed photovoltaic system on the planted roof, a controlled LED lighting and a heat generation by Beiersdorf internal cogeneration systems. The kindergarten with its places for 100 children supports employees to balance their family and work life.

Saving Energy on the Production Line

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.

Green IT

In 2013 Beiersdorf Shared Services (BSS) reduced the energy consumption in the Hamburg data center in Germany by 30%. IT power consumption was decreased, thanks to consolidation to virtual server platforms. We are also working to continuously replace older devices with new, energy-saving models, reduce stand-by use and expand the shared use of devices, such as printers. We have installed systems to optimize the operating environment and temperature of the IT systems, which has also contributed to the savings. As frequent business travel and long-distance flights generate large amounts of CO2, we encourage our employees to use audio and video conferencing whenever possible.

In our Spanish office in Madrid we replaced five high volume network printers with three multi-functional devices in our offices and implemented document management software in 2013. The result was a noticeable reduction in the amount of paper print outs, printer consumables and energy consumption. Find out more in the section Reducing the Paper Trail and Intelligent Printing.

Green Logistics

As part of our efforts to introduce more environmentally-friendly logistics processes, we have optimized container loading, truck capacity utilization, and transport routes. We have built a tool to measure our Europe-wide CO2 emissions from transport, which has been in use since 2009. In addition, we began measuring emissions in our European warehouses in 2011. We are also a member of the 'Green Freight Europe' initiative, which is an association of European industrial and transport companies that seeks to establish a European standard for measuring, analyzing and managing CO2 emissions from road traffic. This initiative provides a platform for verifying and reporting CO2 emissions and promotes best practice sharing and a uniform monitoring process.

In Switzerland we began using trains for our direct outbound transportation deliveries to customers’ warehouses in 2008. In collaboration with two of our customers, we have expanded this concept over the last few years to cover Germany as well. Today, about a quarter of our direct outbound transport in Germany and Switzerland is done by train. In addition to this, we have rolled out a new delivery concept for our customers. The new order target size is now ‘full truck’, which ensures optimized container utilization and reduces the number of deliveries. Thanks to these two initiatives, we can now transport more for less: In 2013 we reduced our CO2 emissions in this area by 37% – over 1,000 tons of CO2.  

A similar concept has been developed in Spain, where Beiersdorf is working together with other manufacturers to combine shipments with the same ‘ship-to’ address. This means combined deliveries (same day, same time) are made to specific customers. Since June 2012 truck usage has dropped by 27% and CO2 emissions have been reduced by 32%. 

Green Travel

At the beginning of 2013 we introduced a 'Green Car Policy' for Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the 'Central Eastern Europe' region which sets specific limits regarding CO2 emissions for all company cars – from the sales team to the Executive Board. In Switzerland we also carried out a car free day and bought six NIVEA bikes, which the employees are free to use whenever they like.

In March 2014, Beiersdorf installed a StadtRAD ('city bike') station at the production site and research center in Hamburg in cooperation with the neighboring company NXP Semiconductors. The StadtRAD stations offer low cost rental bikes which can be picked up from and parked at various bike stations throughout the city. This initiative is just one of the ways Beiersdorf is working to provide its employees with more environmentally-friendly and healthy ways to travel to work. It is also one of the first steps in establishing a comprehensive company mobility management program. More of our employee engagement activities can be found here.

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