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
thyssenkrupp has set itself the binding target for all Group companies with environmentally relevant activities to have implemented an ISO 14001 environmental management system by fiscal year 2019/2020. 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. We have set out clear requirements for our Group companies: They must continuously improve their environmental performance and at the same time meet legal and other requirements and concrete environmental goals at their individual sites.
Activities regarded as environmentally relevant are defined in our Group Regulation. At September 30, 2019 more than 60 thyssenkrupp companies were determined as environmentally relevant in line with this Regulation. Of these more than 90% already comply with the required standard. Related to the overall workforce the Group therefore handles around 60% of its environmental management activities in accordance with ISO 14001.
Continuous improvements in energy efficiency and energy management
The Group’s energy consumption came to more than 70 terawatt hours (TWh) in the 2017/2018 fiscal year. Energy efficiency has always played an important role at thyssenkrupp. Launched four 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 goal under GEEP of increasing energy efficiency in the Group as a whole by 200 GWh. At 325 GWh we exceeded this goal. Mathematically these efficiency gains enabled us to avoid around 100,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. For the continuing operations, the goal for the current fiscal year 2019/2020 is to achieve efficiency gains of 150 GWh.
In addition, all energy-relevant activities are to be covered by an ISO 50001 energy management system by 2019/2020. Among other things this means setting concrete energy targets for each site, measuring energy flows and optimizing organizational and technical processes. At September 30, 2019 this applies to over 50 companies in the Group; at the end of the reporting year all relevant companies already comply with the standard. In terms of energy consumption this means that more than 90% of energy management activities at thyssenkrupp are covered by the ISO 50001 standard.
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 2016/2017, figures are shown without the Steel Americas business area.
Absolute values may also vary due to portfolio changes and 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.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions