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Corporate Responsibility Officer
We have been committed to saving resources and easing the burden placed on the environment for many years. This also includes making responsible use of natural raw materials and continuously reducing energy consumption at our locations.
Whether it’s in product development, purchasing, manufacturing, or disposal, active environmental protection and occupational safety are firmly anchored in all areas of our company. We have established a Group-wide environmental protection and occupational safety policy based on the principles of our corporate code of conduct, which is valid worldwide.
Virtually all of our manufacturing locations worldwide are validated and certified according to the European EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) environmental guideline as well as ISO 14001 (environmental protection) and OHSAS 18001 (occupational safety).
These inspections have been successfully passed by almost all Schaeffler locations, which confirms that they fulfill a uniform standard of environmental protection and occupational safety at the highest level.
The increasing scarcity of fossil fuels and raw materials, rising energy prices, and the continuing growth of the Earth’s population mean we have to be more and more responsible in our handling of resources and energy. The social climate protection targets that are in place with the aim of achieving significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions also mean that consistent action must be taken globally. For this reason, we decided in 2012 to implement an energy management system according to the global ISO 50001 standard.
The Schaeffler Group’s energy policy forms the basis of the company’s energy management system.
The following three long-term strategic energy targets for the Schaeffler Group were derived from this energy policy:
Over 90% of the energy management system has been implemented. The most important plants have already been certified, other certifications are continually being carried out.
In 2013, Schaeffler’s energy management system already picked up its first award, winning the “Energy Efficiency Star” in China. Schaeffler was able to reduce CO2 emissions at its plant in Taicang by 2,600 tons per year.
We make an essential contribution to the efficient use of energy and resources through the high-quality reconditioning of rolling bearings. A reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 97 percent can be achieved through reconditioning compared to the manufacture of new bearings. This value was derived from an environmental performance evaluation carried out by Schaeffler in which all phases in the product lifecycle of a TAROL axlebox bearing and an engine bearing were analyzed – from the raw material extraction and power generation phase through to the design, production, packaging, sales, and utilization phases (including maintenance) as well as disposal. Water and energy consumption were also analyzed here in addition to CO2 emissions.