The topics of environmental and climate protection as well as energy efficiency are very important to the Schaeffler Group. Schaeffler supplies products and technologies that make mobility and industrial equipment more eco-friendly and efficient. As a leading technology company, Schaeffler is also committed to making its own processes as energy efficient, eco-friendly, and resource efficient as possible. For this purpose, Schaeffler relies on a continuous improvement process for all environmental and energy relevant processes.
Sustainability in concrete terms
Energy management and emissions
Schaeffler supports the goal of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to limit global warming to below 2° and 1.5° Celsius compared to the pre-industrial era. The company contributes to achieving this objective by making the most efficient use of energy used for development and production.
The Schaeffler Group manages environmental issues with a globally valid EnEHS management system. It takes account of existing national and international laws and goes even further in parts. The environmental management integrated in the management system is certified in accordance with the ISO 14001 standard and the EMAS eco-audit standard. Schaeffler continues to develop its environmental management and has the system audited regularly by an external auditor.
Material and resource management
The Schaeffler Group is sparing with resources. It has set quantitative savings targets for waste, supplies, and wastewater that will be achieved by 2020. These targets, for instance, include “wastewater-free operation” or “endless oil,” a method that eliminates the need to replace oil used in production.
As a matter of principle, Schaeffler concentrates its logistics activities in as few locations as possible in order to enable an efficient market supply and to improve delivery processes. For example, the company bundles freight processes using the new, modern European Distribution Centers (EDC).
With its energy efficient and eco-friendly processes, the company contributes to the SDGs “Sustainable forms of consumption and production” (SDG 12) as well as “Fighting against climate change and its effects” (SDG 13).