Environment and energy
thyssenkrupp attaches great importance to the topics of environmental protection, climate change and energy efficiency – from supply chain to internal processes to customers. With our solutions we want to help meet rising demand for goods and services in a resource-efficient way. Environmental protection is therefore a core element of thyssenkrupp’s sustainability efforts and thus its corporate strategy.
thyssenkrupp’s global environmental and energy management system is based on the Group’s environment and energy policy and a corresponding Group Regulation. In addition standards and three Indirect Financial Targets (IFTs) have been defined for the areas of energy efficiency, energy management and environmental management. Implementation of these targets is supported by internal committees and auditor training; exchanges of experience at different levels and conferences also help towards this aim.
Environmental management at our sites
Our environmental, climate and energy management systems are based on the group’s global environmental and energy policy and a corresponding group regulation. This regulation requires all companies with environmentally relevant activities to operate an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001. This international standard covers all relevant environmental aspects, from the reduction of wastewater, waste and emissions to the environmental impact of products during use through to disposal. The requirements for our group companies are clear: They must continuously improve their environmental performance and at the same time meet legal and other requirements and concrete environmental targets at their individual sites.
Activities regarded as environmentally relevant are defined in a group regulation. Since fiscal year 2019 / 2020 all environmentally relevant companies within the meaning of this regulation have had an environmental management system certified in accordance with ISO 14001. In the reporting period around 72% of our sites – in terms of the total workforce – had an environmental management system that was implemented and certified in accordance with ISO 14001.
Continuous improvements in energy efficiency and energy management
The energy consumption of the group’s continuing operations came to around 74 terawatt hours (TWh) in the 2020 / 2021 reporting year.
Energy efficiency has always played an important role at thyssenkrupp. Launched six years ago, the global Groupwide Energy Efficiency Program (GEEP) includes measures such as better use
of waste heat, the reduction of stand-by times and the replacement of plant components.
Energy efficiency has always played an important role at thyssenkrupp. Launched seven years ago, the global Groupwide Energy Efficiency Program (GEEP) includes measures such as better use of waste heat, the reduction of stand-by times and the replacement of plant components. In the reporting year we set ourselves the target of increasing energy efficiency in the group by 80 GWh. We exceeded this target with around 325 GWh. Mathematically, these efficiency gains enabled us to avoid around 140,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The target for the current fiscal year 2021 / 2022 is to achieve efficiency gains of at least 110 GWh. Since fiscal year 2020 / 2021 all companies with environmentally relevant activities have implemented an energy management system and had it externally certified in accordance with ISO 50001. Among other things this includes setting concrete energy targets for each of the corresponding subsidiaries, measuring energy flows and optimizing organizational and technical processes. In terms of energy consumption this means that slightly more than 98% of energy management activities at thyssenkrupp meet the ISO 50001 standard in fiscal year 2020 / 2021.
Key environmental data
Groupwide performance indicators and data on environmental and climate protection are used to assess opportunities and risks and serve as an instrument for global environmental, energy, and climate management. Unless otherwise stated, the data reported relates to fully consolidated Group companies of the actual fiscal years. The figures include the 50 percent share in Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann under IFRS rules.
Since fiscal year 2019/2020, the data will be presented excluding the sold thyssenkrupp Elevator Technology segment and including the data of the fully consolidated KBS Kokereibetriebsgesellschaft Schwelgern GmbH. Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on production operations, the effects of the coke plant operation are reflected from fiscal year 2020/2021.
CO2 emissions are calculated using the GHG Protocol methodology. The emissions are calculated on the basis of energy consumption and process emissions applying generally accepted Scope 1, 2 and 3 emission factors among others from IPCC, IEA and certified own measurements. For Scope 2 emissions the location-based approach has been applied using emission grid factors. Greenhouse gas emissions are reported on a portfolio-adjusted basis in accordance with the financial control approach of the GHG Protocol.
The annual changes in absolute values may vary due to different production levels and are therefore not a direct reflection of environmental performance.
The fiscal year commences on 1st October and ends on 30th September.