Environmental management

  • All production sites were evaluated in accordance with standardized sustainability requirements
  • The new production site in Szombathely, Hungary, is the first plant entirely dedicated to and fulfilling latest sustainability standards

Worldwide standardization of environmentally relevant processes

Bestandteil des GNFK StartTo manage its energy and environmental topics across the company, the Schaeffler Group maintains an (Energy, Environment, Health & Safety) management system, e.g., based on the energy and environmental standards for energy management, for environmental management, and the eco-audit standard. Internal and external audits are conducted on a regular basis to continuously improve energy management and further optimize environmental performance.

98.5 %

coverage rate for EMAS certification1)

A matrix organization manages environmental and energy topics in the Schaeffler Group. Local environmental protection and energy representatives, regional coordinators, and experts from the strategic departments work closely together. Key performance indicators are used to plan, assess, and manage environmental measures. The need for action and measures are regularly discussed and resolved with the Schaeffler AG Executive Board.

Local and energy representatives conduct regular management reviews with site management at least once a year. Among other things, potential new targets and the status of current projects are discussed. The comprehensive EnEHS management manual defines what information in the local management reviews is important, including measures, changes to relevant issues, and the development of key figures.

In the reporting year, stakeholder analyses and a subsequent Group-wide opportunity and risk assessment were carried out, from company management to every location. The analyses are a component of the management system and are conducted at all locations on a regular basis. The results are taken into account when defining location targets. Both the stakeholder analyses and the opportunity and risk assessments are relevant for location recertification.

To ensure a consistent focus on environmental and energy management, the company organizes EnEHS conferences with all EHS and energy representatives every three to five years. In addition, regional conferences are held at more frequent intervals, with the participation of regional coordinators and competence centers. The global online conference “Schaeffler Exchange on Climate Technologies” was held over a period of two days in March 2021. More than 250 participants – including members of the Schaeffler AG Executive Board, plant managers, and EnEHS representatives – took part in presentations, good-practice exchange, and workshops with a particular focus on energy-efficient technologies.

Production sites with an environmental management system








Coverage rate for EMAS certification in %1)







Coverage rate for ISO 14001 certification in %1)







Coverage rate for ISO 50001 certification in %1)








Relating to employees on the production sites.

Bestandteil des GNFK Ende

The Sustainable Sites initiative in practice

Bestandteil des GNFK StartThe Schaeffler Group pursues the initiative to systematically and continuously improve the sustainability performance of all production sites, beginning with a transparent assessment of their sustainability performance. There are six action fields: climate protection, environment and resource efficiency, occupational health and safety, sustainable supply chain, off-campus mobility, and certifications and life cycle assessments (). On a plant level, short-term development is identified annually based on over 20 criteria and documented in status reports. For long-term estimation, key indicators are examined for a period of six years and include electricity and natural gas consumption, accident rate, water withdrawal, and the quantity of waste generated, or the recycling rate achieved. In this way, locations are provided with information for comparing their strengths and potential.

This approach allows them to carry out an initial assessment of where they stand. Providing a comprehensive overview enables all locations to learn from each other. A toolbox with best-practice examples was also developed and summarizes projects and measures that have already been implemented at the Schaeffler Group.

In the year under review, all Schaeffler production sites completed an initial assessment. Annual assessments will reveal developments in sustainability performance and uncover necessary adjustments.

The first projects were initiated in 2021 based on location assessments and initially aim to significantly reduce the amount of waste generated and lower consumption of freshwater.Bestandteil des GNFK Ende

The Schaeffler Group established the sophisticated EMAS environmental management system worldwide more than 20 years ago to continuously improve environmental performance and conduct expert assessments. One of the key indicators is biodiversity, which was given higher priority in the most recent revision of the Regulation, leading to a greater effort at the Schaeffler locations on developing near-natural spaces.

Sustainable production in accordance with the latest standards

Bestandteil des GNFK StartThe production site in Szombathely, Hungary, is the Schaeffler Group’s first plant dedicated entirely to e-mobility worldwide and at the same time the new competence center for the production of components and systems for electric drives. The company plans to increase the location’s annual capacity to 800,000 products with multi-shift operation by 2023 and to achieve an annual target of 1.8 million products manufactured for premium partners in the automotive industry between 2026 and 2029. Measuring 15,000 m2 in size, the new factory boasts a carbon-neutral production process. The plant’s environmental concept is extensive: It uses solar energy and thus makes a key contribution to reducing CO2 emissions. The reuse of treated wastewater and a rainwater retention basin reduce water consumption. Heat recovery pumps, an intelligent heating and cooling management system, and energy-saving LED lighting with intelligent control increase energy efficiency. A near-natural pond and open spaces promote more biodiversity than average plant grounds.Bestandteil des GNFK Ende

1) Relating to employees on the production sites.

Abbreviation of “electric mobility”: mobility that is powered by electricity. This includes electric and hybrid vehicles. Ranging from high-voltage hybrid modules and electric axles through to wheel hub motors – the Schaeffler Group offers a broad range of products for the age of electrified powertrain architectures
Abbreviation of “energy, environment, health and safety”.
ISO 50001
Globally valid norm for energy management systems.
ISO 14001
Globally recognized standard for environmental management systems.
Abbreviation of “Eco-Management and Audit Scheme”: community eco-management and audit scheme setting out requirements under which Schaeffler Group locations are validated.
Abbreviation of "Environment, Health, and Safety".
Abbreviation of “energy, environment, health and safety”.
Sustainable Sites
An initiative of the Schaeffler Group aims to systematically evaluate its own plants in accordance with consistently defined sustainability requirements and to implement measures to advance environmental and social aspects.
Abbreviation of "Life cycle assessment": it represents a tool that is used to record, evaluate and present the environmental impact of products.
Abbreviation of “Eco-Management and Audit Scheme”: community eco-management and audit scheme setting out requirements under which Schaeffler Group locations are validated.