Integrated Management Systems: Rooted in Responsibility
In November 2016, the international community of nations at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Marrakesh ratified the target to reduce global warming to less than two degrees Celsius compared with the level before industrialization began. Germany has also set ambitious goals for itself in climate protection.
The Climate Action Plan 2050, adopted at the end of 2016, has the goal of achieving greenhouse-gas neutrality in Germany to a great extent by 2050. The industrial sector should see a reduction of 49 to 51% by 2030. Energy efficiency measures, such as the utilization of existing heat loss, should have potential here. National and international developments, legislation, and frameworks are of great importance for the future-oriented environmental and energy management of the Schaeffler Group. Accordingly, Schaeffler has set for itself the climate protection goal of saving 360,000 tons of CO2, compared to the base year 2015, by 2025.
The Schaeffler Group operates 75 production plants worldwide at 71 locations. The calculation is based on certification in accordance with ISO 14001, ISO 50001, and OHSAS 18001 and entry in the EMAS site registry. Its production facilities consume energy and resources and thus have a global impact on the environment and climate change. The company bears a responsibility to reduce this impact. Thus, making its processes and products more energy and material-efficient, reducing emissions and waste, and prudently using water are all important topics for the Schaeffler Group.
In order to continuously improve the environmental performance of the company, relevant environmental and energy issues are taken fully into account in the design of production processes. To manage these processes, the Schaeffler Group maintains an EnEHS management system that applies worldwide. The management system complies with the standards ISO 50001 regarding energy, ISO 14001 regarding environmental protection, OHSAS 18001 regarding occupational health and safety, and with EMAS. The locations compile their local environmental and energy data within the scope of the management system. KPIs are used to optimize the planning, evaluation, and management of environmental measures. The Schaeffler Group handles its environmental and energy issues worldwide in a matrix organization structure. Local environmental protection and energy representatives, regional coordinators, and experts from the strategic departments work closely together in a network.