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.