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We use resources responsibly and in many cases we go above and beyond legal requirements. In practice, this translates to more climate protection, conservation of resources and the avoidance of landfills.
Environmental protection has a long tradition and has been a key issue for Siemens since 1971. Intelligent environmental management is taking place at all environmentally relevant Siemens sites worldwide – for us it is a standard. We using technological advances and innovative solutions to minimize the negative impact of our operations on the environment. At the same time, economical use of the most valuable and costly raw materials helps us to ensure the competitiveness sustainably.
Siemens reinforces a sense of responsibility and autonomy among employees and customers. Energy and water consumption, as well as the generation of waste and emissions, affects all of our departments. In our environmental program "Serve the Environment", we have defined objectives and activities designed to reduce negative environmental impacts at all Siemens locations. This makes an important contribution to resource and climate protection while also increasing customer benefits. Learn more about our efforts to optimize waste and water management, and to reduce environmentally harmful emissions.
Our program goals by 2020 for minimizing the environmental impact of Siemens operations
Smart waste management
Siemens is committed to preserving resources and materials as long as possible. Our goal is to stop contributing to landfills. By reusing, regenerating, and recycling products, we sustainably conserve our planet's resources and close material cycles. For this purpose, we develop profitable business models such as refurbishment, energy contracting, and 3D printing.
Responsible water management
Millions of people worldwide are affected by floods every year, and over a billion people currently live in regions with low water supply. Those numbers are rising. Siemens focuses on actively managing water in the present and the future. Climate change demands forward-looking risk management. At all of our locations, we ensure that our production has as little negative impact as possible on local water resources. But we go one step further, providing tailor-made solutions for clean water and guaranteed access to precious drinking water. Since 2008, we have also supported the CEO Water Mandate of the United Nations.
Innovation plays an important role in advancing sustainable management of water resources.
At the Vadodara site in India, employees put the desire for sustainable water management into practice – with a mix of brain power, commitment and ingeniously deployed technology.
90 percent less electricity, 75 percent less water and 90 percent less CO2 than the old office. The new Siemens headquarters in the heart of Munich is a perfect example of energy efficiency. And on top of this, it is one of the most modern and sustainable office buildings in the world.
Effective emissions controls
According to the World Health Organization, more and more city dwellers are at risk from increasing an air pollution. And emissions are not just confined to CO2; other industrial emissions also have an environmental effect. Therefore, controlling volatile organic compounds and ozone-depleting substances ranks just as high as an CO2 reduction on the Siemens agenda. In addition, Siemens products provide a valuable contribution to better air quality.
Air-pollutant emission has declined in many parts of Europe - but exposure to harmful air remains a challenge!
Ecosystems are crucial to clean water and air, and they perform important functions such as erosion control, regulation of pollutants and flood prevention. Each of these functions has both direct and indirect consequences on our health and wellbeing.
We minimize the negative impact of our activities and promote both recovery and environmental-protection projects. We systematically integrate biodiversity projects into our management systems wherever relevant, paying particular attention to our own locations. We are also developing new technologies in order to avoid unnecessary resource consumption. In Australia, for example, Siemens is contributing solutions toward better understanding complex processes in the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem, thereby helping to preserve one of the greatest natural wonders for future generations.
Sustainable energy management
Energy generated from fossil fuel adds to the environmental impact caused by CO2 emissions and other air pollutants, such as particulate matter and nitrogen oxides. It is our goal to use energy as efficiently as possible or to generate it ourselves in an eco-friendly manner. This is why we run our own energy management systems and are continuously implementing energy efficiency measures. Over the course of the last two fiscal years, 328 locations have put 577 efficiency action plans into practice to effectively reduce energy costs and emissions. This way we can boost economic value and support Siemens’ goal of having a neutral carbon footprint by 2030. Additionally, we offer our internal solutions to our customers and, in doing so, make an important contribution to protecting the environment.