J. Schmalz GmbH and 16 other companies in the region are the first to join the new Baden-Württemberg Climate Alliance. State Minister of the Environment Franz Untersteller presented the companies with certificates of membership on October 7, 2020 at the ninth Resource Efficiency and Recycling Economy conference in Baden-Württemberg. By joining the Climate Alliance, these companies have established ambitious aims, including becoming climate neutral, reducing total energy consumption, and manufacturing products without carbon dioxide emissions to the greatest extent possible.
Schmalz has been operating sustainably for a long time by generating more electricity and heat from renewable sources than is consumed by a particular location, using materials efficiently, and avoiding CO2 emissions. “The CO2 footprint of a Schmalz product is significantly smaller than that of comparable products on the market,” emphasizes Andreas Beutel, Managing Director of J. Schmalz GmbH. “By joining the new Climate Alliance, we are supporting the necessary change and actively setting a good example.”
According to the agreement, Schmalz expects to be climate neutral by 2050. However, an important interim goal has been established for 2030. In ten years, there should be at least 35 percent less greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the CO2 footprint than in 2018, despite planned sales growth. That corresponds to 3,440 tons. To do so, the vacuum expert is using its own renewable energy sources and improving the energy efficiency of its buildings. Transportation, distribution routes, and business trips will also be put under the CO2 microscope. If it makes sense, video conferences will replace on-site appointments. In addition, Schmalz plans to reduce the CO2 emissions of its vehicle fleet. The company also monitors its upstream and downstream processes – from development all the way to recycling.
With the climate protection agreement, partners of the Climate Alliance – the state of Baden-Württemberg and the environmentally-conscious member companies – are committed to supporting each other in achieving the established political and corporate climate protection goals and to working cooperatively. The new alliance should contribute to a positive reputation and have a ripple effect beyond state borders.