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Reduction in CO2 Emissions thanks to "Blue Building"

Our "Blue Building" program for constructing and using buildings aims to sustainably manage the entire life-cycle of our 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. Since 2012, one of the key criteria for all major real estate projects is certification according to standards for sustainable buildings.

A milestone within our “Blue Building” concept was the inauguration of our new office in Brazil in August 2015. This not only created an attractive working environment for our local team but also allowed us to receive the Gold LEED certification for our Sao Paolo Location.
"Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) evaluates environmentally friendly, resource-conserving and sustainable construction based on six main criteria:

  • Sustainable location, mobility and transportation access
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy and working environment
  • Materials and resources
  • Comfort and interior climate
  • Innovation and planning process
Sao Paulo offices in Brazil

We received the Gold LEED certification in the “Commercial Interiors” category. In particular, this evaluates the sustainable interior design of office spaces, within which environmental sustainability and footprint play a decisive role. LEED certification also focuses on questions regarding a location’s cost-efficiency – for instance its maintenance costs. In Sao Paulo we’ve taken several measures to lower impacts on the environment while providing a productive and creative working atmosphere for our 200 employees at this Location.
The modern sanitary facilities can reduce water consumption by up to 40 %. At the same time we successfully reduced office lighting energy consumption by 15 %. Here, sensors monitor the balance of the high level of available daylight and artificial light. In our Sao Paulo offices we use a high-efficiency air-conditioning system and energy-saving electrical appliances. We also bore waste separation in mind during the construction phase, recycling over 90 percent of construction waste. What’s more, for our Brazil office we used locally sourced materials from renewable sources, such as FSC-certified timber, and carpeting with a high percentage of recycled fibers.

Our Mexican production Center, which officially opened in Silao in July 2014 is another good example. We developed this 34,000 m2 complex following a consistent sustainability concept. Thanks to a strong focus on energy efficiency and resource conservation, we successfully fulfilled all criteria for the highest-level Platinum LEED certification right from the start of construction to completion: Since September 2014, the site has been officially LEED-certified. Among other features, the new building boasts a modern CHP plant, photovoltaic energy generation and other highly efficient systems and installations. In line with our sustainability commitment, the new production facility will emit around 55 % less CO2 and consume around 30 % less water per tonne of bulk product than comparable facilities. What that means and how resources can be conserved and CO2 emissions can be reduced in day-to-day production is explained in a four-minute film.

Solar panels Beiersdorf

Our Spanish production center in Argentona installed a photovoltaic system at the beginning of 2013. 480 solar modules on the roof of the production building provide about 170,000 kilowatt hours, which is almost 10 % of the yearly electricity need. In addition, the plant significantly reduced CO2 emissions: now 49 tons less CO2 will end up in the air each year. All plants are also investing in the climate-friendly optimization of the lighting systems in both the production buildings and the warehouses, which will reduce CO2 emissions by around 1,000 tons per year.

Cogeneration systems at Beiersdorf in Hamburg

At our office facilities in Hamburg we continually apply a host of measures to reduce CO2 emissions: Optimizing the lighting systems and installing high-efficiency motors and pumps are just two examples. We lowered our overall CO2 emissions at our Hamburg headquarters in 2015 by a further 600 tons compared to 2014, which represents a reduction of around 3% within a year. The following measures in particular made a major contribution to this achievement: Through using new, high-efficiency, speed-controlled pumps and motors in cooling, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and elevator systems we saved around 5 tons of CO2 in our buildings. What’s more, the optimized controlling of lighting systems as well as the use of modern LED technology lowered CO2 emissions by some 35 tons. We also achieved further reductions in our overall energy consumption by optimizing building control systems: Measures included identifying and correcting function errors, as well as a more efficient, needs-based scheduling of system operating times. Over the further course of 2016 the heating system in one of our lab buildings will be expanded to integrate condensing boiler technology, while in the underground parking areas and on the parking platforms, the existing lighting will be replaced by LED systems. At our Hamburg headquarters the measures implemented at our buildings achieved a net saving of around 3,400 tons of CO2 emissions between 2010 and 2015, representing a reduction of approximately 30% within just five years.

Troplo Kids, Employee Kindergarten Beiersdorf

Environmentally friendly construction played a role from the very start of planning our new Beiersdorf kindergarten at our Hamburg headquarters. This paid off on 20 November 2014 with the award of a Platinum Certificate from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) in 2014. The association granted the highest possible certification for, among other things for thermal and acoustic comfort, optimal use of daylight and energy Efficiency and the absence of pollutants in the building materials and furniture. The sustainable building aspects include the photovoltaic system installed on the green roof, controlled LED lighting and heat generation by an in-house Beiersdorf cogeneration system. The kindergarten with its 100 places also contributes to a better work-family balance.