Reduction in the CO2 Footprint an Important Environmental and Climate Protection GoalReducing our CO2 emissions is an overall goal of NORMA Group with respect to environmental and climate protection. NORMA Group consumes mainly gas and electricity during its business operations. The greenhouse gases that are released are composed almost entirely of CO2.
Our aim is to significantly reduce electricity and gas consumption by implementing efficient production processes. NORMA Group measures its CO2 footprint for Scope 1 and Scope 2. This means that both the direct and indirect CO2 emissions that are produced by generating energy are recorded.
With respect to CO2 emissions, NORMA Group set itself the goal of reducing energy consumption in relation to production costs by five percent for the years 2013 and 2014. This annual target was achieved in both years. Energy consumption was also reduced by 4.3 percent in 2015 to 141.1 kWh per EUR thousand in manufacturing costs by initiating several individual measures. CO2 emissions declined accordingly by 4.7 percent to 73.5 kilograms per EUR thousand in manufacturing costs compared to the previous year.
The key figures below also show NORMA Group’s success in reducing CO2 and the use of resources. The environmental indicators are presented as relative values in relation to production costs.
The environmental indicators allow for a proper comparison between the years because they are based on the production costs. Newly-acquired plants, companies and NORMA Group’s entire product portfolio are taken into consideration. GRI [G4-EN3, G4-EN5, G4-EN15, G4-EN16, G4-EN18]
The systematic energy management strategy of NORMA Germany GmbH has also been certified in accordance with the DIN EN ISO 50001 standard since October 2015. This supports the achievement of the energy targets that the company has set for itself: around 1.9 million kWh of electricity and thus around 670 tonnes of carbon dioxide are to be saved by the end of 2017. This will reduce operating costs by more than EUR 220,000.
NORMA Germany GmbH received the 2015 Ökoprofit Award for its energy saving concept. By employing a systematic energy management system, NORMA Group makes an important contribution towards a green Rhine-Main region. Ökoprofit Frankfurt is a collaboration between the City of Frankfurt and businesses in the Rhine-Main region that is aimed at reducing energy consumption by half by the year 2050.
CO2 Emission Savings by Optimising Logistics and Taking Sustainable Transport RoutesThe local procurement of goods and services is a top priority for NORMA Group. Exceptions are made solely with respect to opportunities to purchase at significantly more favourable terms or if the goods are not available locally.
NORMA Group also uses several ways to lower its emissions in the area of logistics. For instance, we are constantly working to make our transport routes and our supply chain as efficient as possible and to produce close to our customers.
Trucks and ships are primarily used to transport our products. In addition, NORMA Group organised its package shipping in Germany to be climate-neutral in 2011. This means that resulting emissions are compensated for by financing climate protection projects. Between April 2014 and March 2015, a total of 15.67 tonnes of CO2 were thus compensated for. GRI [G4-EN30]
Local Measures Contribute to Overall SuccessA variety of measures at the international production sites contribute toward reducing CO2 locally as the following examples illustrate:
Modern Compressors at the Maintal Site
Renewing the ventilation system in a production hall at the site in Maintal resulted in up to 90 percent heat recovery starting in the spring of 2016. This results in a savings of approximately 180,000 kg of CO2 per year. In addition, the pollutants and targeted ozonation of the exhaust air in the air are reduced significantly by using ion generators.
Saving Energy by Optimising the Compressed Air Supply
The way in which the compressed air supply is handled at NORMA Germany GmbH is yet another example of how production processes have been optimised. When the machine is stopped, the compressed air supply is automatically switched off. Thus, NORMA Germany saves approximately 200,000 m3 of compressed air per month, 25,000 kWh of electricity and 14,000 kg of CO2. GRI [G4-EN19]
LED Lighting Introduced in North American Production
The lighting in production at the three North American sites Monterrey, Saltsburg and St. Clair was replaced by LED lights last year. This will significantly reduce power consumption on the one hand and, secondly, significantly improve the luminous efficiency. Moreover, these lights require no maintenance for 15 years. The savings in power consumption amount to 2,100 USD per month at the site in Monterrey and 1,740 USD per month at the site in Saltsburg. GRI [G4-EN6]