Working together to achieve climate protection!
LICATEC granted TÜV certificate for being a climate-neutral company
The preservation of our environment and climate protection are tasks for all of us to address. Of course, as a manufacturing company, we are no exception. As such, back in 2014 we started improving the energy efficiency at all of our company group sites on an ongoing basis, with the aim of gradually reducing our energy consumption and the associated emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases.
TÜV Süd confirms climate neutrality
In autumn 2019 we reached an important milestone: TÜV Süd Industrie Service GmbH has confirmed the climate neutrality (according to PAS 2060, Scope I+II) of our company in a certificate dated 25 September 2019. The TÜV SÜD certificate applies to LICATEC GmbH Licht- und Kabelführungssysteme, Frechen, LICATEC GmbH Leuchtenbau und Kabelführungssysteme, Brand-Erbisdorf, LICATEC Profilextrusion GmbH, Gevelsberg and LICATEC Produktions GmbH, Brand-Erbisdorf.
PAS 2060 Core element: The QES
In terms of transparency and credibility, PAS 2060 expects the publication of a so-called Qualifying Explanatory Statement (QES) - the Carbon Footprint Management Plan is part of it. This statement must contain a range of information relating both to the commitment to climate neutrality in the future and to the declaration of achieving climate neutrality in the past. By and large, a company creates transparency regarding its carbon neutrality by publishing a QES. The QES can be requested directly by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Energy management set up and implemented
With a view to getting a realistic picture of the level of emissions, we first established our energy management system as per ISO 50001 and had it certified on 1 July 2016. The energy management system forms the basis for optimising energy consumption and provides the groundwork for ensuring that all investment decisions are taken with greater consideration of sustainability aspects, including for new and energy-efficient plant technology. As part of this project, we identified the major sources of emissions, introduced climate management and drew up a concrete action plan, together with ongoing success monitoring.
Measures realised for greater energy efficiency
The measures that have been adopted are set out in detail in our action plan – from investing in energy-efficient technologies and exclusively using renewable energies to supporting two climate protection projects in India, through which we offset our inevitable remaining emissions.
The following steps are particularly important:
- Retrofitting production and adjacent areas with energy-saving LED lighting
- Installing a new compressor unit with heat recovery
- Using new, significantly more energy-efficient pumps in calibration tables
- Markedly more efficient use of production plants, reduction of scrap levels, reduction of set-up times
- Optimising throughput rates in the mixing facility and production
100 % changeover to electricity from renewable forms of energy
urred on by this highly pleasing development, in 2019 we achieved climate neutrality for all three locations in accordance with the PAS 2060 standard. In the process, we switched our power supply completely to renewable energies, among other successes. We will offset the unavoidable remaining greenhouse gas emissions via certified climate protection projects (CER/Gold Standard).
Climate protection: let’s achieve it together!
Even in energy-intensive industries like ours, a great deal is possible if the issue of climate protection is consistently pursued and implemented within a company. Two figures bear this out:
- Between 2015 and 2019 we reduced the CO2 emissions of our company by two thirds, proportionate to turnover!
- By the end of 2019, we improved our energy efficiency by 42.6 % against 2015!
Thank you very much for accompanying us on this journey!
Climate management of the Licatec Group in April 2019
Eva-Maria Geske, Peer Cormann, Jörg Handke, Frank Reichenberger, Volker Britz