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 environmental, climate and energy management is based on the Group' environmental and energy policy and a corresponding Group Regulation. Clear requirements have been formulated on the areas of energy efficiency, energy management and environmental management. The Group's contribution to energy efficiency is part of the Indirect Financial Targets (IFTs) and among other things represents an important lever for achieving our climate targets. The implementation is supported by internal committees and local training. The internal and external exchange of experience at various levels, e.g. at environmental, climate and energy conferences or within industry initiatives, also contribute to the success of the implementation of our programs and measures.
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 73% 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 66 terawatt hours (TWh) in the 2021 / 2022 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 110 GWh. We exceeded this target with around 255 GWh. Mathematically, these efficiency gains enabled us to avoid around 85,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The target for the current fiscal year 2022 / 2023 is to achieve efficiency gains of at least 85 GWh. Since fiscal year 2019 / 2020 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 99% of energy management activities at thyssenkrupp meet the ISO 50001 standard in fiscal year 2021 / 2022.
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.
The indicators include all fully consolidated companies. Since these indicators are only determined at year-end, they refer to the scope of consolidation as of this date. The figures include the 50 percent share in Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann under IFRS rules.
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.