“Our customers are looking to us to take the lead and commit to lowering our carbon footprint, reduce waste and protect natural resources.”
Paul Melkebeke President, Asia
We are working hard to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and have committed to using 100% renewable electricity and achieving carbon neutrality in our own operations by 2025. We are also looking beyond our own operations to understand how to reduce the emissions in our supply chain.
Targeted action where we can make a meaningful impact on the environment.
In 2021, absolute greenhouse gas emissions from our operations decreased 35% from 2017. While part of this reduction was driven by energy efficiency and our use of renewable energy, it was largely due to a decline in internal production and sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, we expect our emissions to increase and our carbon intensity to decrease as our business continues to recover.
We are implementing energy efficiency and conservation interventions such as heat recovery, fuel switching, and LED retrofits – more than a third of our global square footage is now powered by LED lighting.
We aim to power our operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2025. Today, we generate renewable power from solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roofs of our two largest manufacturing plants, in Belgium and India. Combined, these solar arrays span 21,900 square meters and generated 18% of the power used by these two sites in 2021.
As would be expected for a well-run and efficient business, keeping waste to a minimum has been a focus at our factories for many years. One of the most effective ways of reducing our waste is to reuse it: we collect plastic offcuts from manufacturing, known as regrind, and either reuse it ourselves or sell it to be recycled by others. In 2021 over 2,600 metric tons of regrind plastic was used in our manufacturing process to make our hard side cases. In fact, regrind now accounts for around half of the total plastic used in our manufacturing processes.