The International Energy Agency has stated that energy efficiency can deliver 38% of the greenhouse gas reduction required to avert climate change. Danfoss is now accelerating its own efforts by introducing new ambitious climate targets.
Most of the world’s energy consumption comes from industry and buildings, and the potential for cutting it is huge. Danfoss, wanting to be a role model, has set new ambitious targets for itself ahead of the COP21 climate summit in Paris. By 2030, the company plans to use half as much energy to run its business, and emit half as much CO2 from the energy it uses.
“Worldwide, we deliver some of the most innovative and efficient technologies for saving energy, helping cities and companies to reach their targets,” said President and CEO Niels B. Christiansen. “Now, we are intensifying our own efforts in the form of a new, ambitious climate strategy, which builds on what we have already done and achieved. We see this as a natural part of leading the way within the climate sector.”
The company is already making progress in living up to these targets. Between 2007 and 2014, its net sales increased by 55%, whereas energy consumption dropped by 29%. Danfoss has been running energy-saving projects, among other things, at the largest factories worldwide. Typically, this reduces energy consumption for operating the buildings by 25 to 30%. The savings are primarily obtained through the optimization of the systems controlling the ventilation, heating and cooling using their own products.
Based on the positive experiences, the company is now intensifying its efforts to energy-optimize the company’s buildings all over the world. In addition, production line processes will be systematically examined for further energy cuts.
Green energy sources are another focus area. In 2013, for example, the manufacturer set up a solar cell park—likely the biggest of its kind in Scandinavia—next to its headquarters in Nordborg, Denmark. The park produces electricity corresponding to the annual consumption of 400 single-family houses, and has a total capacity of 2 MW. A 1-MW solar-cell system was also opened at the company’s new campus in India last year. Moreover, the new campus has received the international LEED Platinum rating, whereby it is certified as a green and sustainable building complex.
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