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Siemens is well on its way to carbon neutrality

Siemens is well on its way to carbon neutrality


The concern, which employs more than three hundred thousand people, will leave emissions behind by 2030.

The global technology company published its sustainability report for last year, which, on the one hand, is a good example of how one of the most sustainable companies in the world thinks about the subject, and on the other hand, it shows how purposeful measures can be taken to reach even zero emissions, which Siemens has not only achieved by itself. , but will also expect from its suppliers.

DEGREE takes care of the details

Although Siemens has long been concerned with sustainability and was among the first to announce that it would achieve net carbon neutrality by 2030, of the framework program of DEGREE With its launch in 2021, it placed it on a strategic level.

Siemens approaches the issue of corporate sustainability with a holistic approach (Photo: Siemens)
Siemens approaches the issue of corporate sustainability with a holistic approach (Photo: Siemens)

The system, which includes complex environmental, social and governance (ESG) objectives, takes a holistic approach in six action areas (decarbonisation, ethics, governance, resource efficiency, equity, employability) and monitors compliance with metrics and reports in annual sustainability reports. Below, we present some outstanding Siemens sustainability programs and practices.

Forward-looking practices

Judith Wiese, Siemens’ sustainability director, recently told Forbes about it spoke, that the company’s digital twins are able to reduce the emissions projected over the entire life cycle of a new product, from its design to its manufacture to its repair and recycling. The Siemens Green Digital Twin app uses all the information from the entire supply chain to provide visibility into both current and future carbon footprints while enabling low-carbon repair and recycling.

Traveling employees also have the Green Accommodation program at their disposal, with which the carbon footprint of individual hotels can be monitored and compared. With the Green Stay Initiative, which is considered a pioneer in its category, hotels can provide information on energy and water consumption, as well as the amount of waste based on the number of nights booked, so that the carbon footprint of their stay can be detected, and based on this data, they can prioritize the opportunities for their employees.

The concern makes its operations more sustainable in all areas (Photo: Siemens)
The concern makes its operations more sustainable in all areas (Photo: Siemens)

Siemens also offers its customers the emission reduction solutions and technologies it has developed. This includes, among others that softwarewhich is able to calculate the carbon footprint of the entire life cycle of products from the design phase, since 80 percent of the impact on the environment is decided during the design phase.

THE Product Carbon Footprint – together with the CO2 emission data of frequently used materials and energy carriers – directly available a Siemens Xcelerator in its portfolio, so designers, engineers and manufacturers striving for decarbonization receive effective help in optimizing and managing emissions, as well as developing clean manufacturing processes. THE SiGreen application and supports carbon footprint monitoring along the supply chain.

The reduction starts with the measurement

The concern, which employs more than 300,000 people, has made serious commitments in the field of sustainability. In the DEGREE framework, it determined that, for example, by 2030:

  • achieve net carbon neutrality and its supply chain will also be CO2 neutral by 2050;
  • aiming at complete recyclability, the so-called extends the ecodesign concept to all possible products;
  • it will run entirely on green energy and eliminate waste emissions;
  • is changing its car fleet entirely to e-drive.

THE From Siemens’ sustainability report it also turns out that the growing company with a presence in more than 180 countries in 2022

  • provided 77 percent of its total energy needs from renewable sources;
  • reduced its customers’ CO2 emissions by 153 million tons thanks to its solutions;
  • more than three percent of its 42,000 vehicles are electric, thanks to which it was possible to reduce emissions by 213,000 tons last year, and which vehicles are charged with its own e-wells;
  • registered 5.6 million gigajoules of electricity consumption, which was two percent higher than in 2021, while energy efficiency improved by 13 percent;
  • reduced waste emissions by 7 percent, and 93 percent of the waste generated at their sites can be recycled;

It used 14 percent less water than the previous year. The majority of the 12.8 million cubic meters of water was used for cooling, and the water returned to nature with an unchanged chemical composition.

THE New Normal Working Model employees working from home also contribute to the reduction of the company’s carbon footprint: it was calculated that while employees’ commuting releases 98,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere per year, only 24,000 tons of emissions are generated by colleagues working remotely.

Organizations that have been evaluating sustainability performance in terms of cyber security, innovation, customer relations, environmental protection, service and product development for years ranked at the forefront of the world Siemens. The most recently achieved 80 points on the Dow Jones index, which is the second best rating in the industry, is outstanding, but the company is also in the top two percent in the ranking of EcoVadis, which examines the sustainability of supply chains.

Siemens generated EUR 35 billion last year, i.e. approx. spent half of it on purchasing products and services. They made sure that the 66,000 suppliers from 150 countries complied with the Group’s Code of Conduct. In the spirit of the “Prevention-Detection-Reaction” holistic approach, all partners in the supply chain are expected to adhere to the principles of sustainability and responsibility established along the lines of the UN Global Compact and their own commitments. They do not only have to comply with the code at the moment of signing the contract, Siemens reevaluates them every three years. So far, the supplier side is meeting expectations perfectly: compared to the supplier program’s starting year, last year around 359,000 tons of carbon dioxide were saved from the atmosphere.

The report also reports that Siemens prioritizes the development of employees’ skills, in the name of which they spent 375 million euros on training in 2022, which amounted to 667 euros per employee. The company also wants to increase the time frame for digital education.

The key to the extensive sustainability work at Siemens is that the subsidiaries in each country, including the domestic one, contribute to its results. One of the tasks of the domestic sustainability team is to, for example, widely share the best practices that ensure environmental sustainability and provide inspiration, thus also serving climate protection.

Krisztián Broda, responsible for sustainability at Siemens Zrt

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