• Global | Change Website
  • Contact
  • Add to my collection
  • Share
Menu
Search

Energy Efficiency

Energy. Efficient. Easy as that.

When most people hear the word energy, they think big – like flying a rocket into space, a city’s electrical grid, or large factories that produce millions of goods every day. However, energy can also be small tasks like flipping a light switch or turning on a hot shower. These actions, large and small, are compounded by the number of people who do them and how often they are done, creating an overwhelming footprint.

A snowball effect of energy use is causing the climate to change at an alarming rate, making it necessary for everyone to be aware of the environmental impact of energy consumption and search for solutions to consume less energy and use it more efficiently. After all, being energy efficient could reduce the cost of living around the world, benefit the health of millions, and ultimately reduce the impact of climate change.

Planning for a greener future

The most important goal for companies, is to achieve more with less and develop products and technologies that enhance quality of life while consuming less materials and resources. At Henkel, this means following a concrete sustainability strategy. As part of the overall strategy, the Factor of 3 aims to create 3x the value of production, while decreasing the footprint by 75 percent by 2030, and saving 50 million metric tons of CO₂ during production.

Henkel also follows the long-term vision of becoming a climate positive company and making an active contribution to climate protection. The company can save energy and raw materials, and decarbonize its production sites, by replacing CO₂ with renewable energy. Much of the on-site production is generated by green power, including wind turbines and solar cells. This green energy is funded directly by Henkel or paid for through collaborations with external partners. And in the next few years, the company also aims to receive 100 percent of its energy from renewable resources.

Creating a value chain reaction

For many businesses, there are opportunities to improve energy efficiency at every stage in the value chain. And for Henkel to reach its own ambitious objectives, the company first has similar expectations from suppliers and trade partners. By first coordinating with energy-responsible suppliers, Henkel can ensure that the rest of the value chain is just as ecologically minded.

Especially during the product development phase, Henkel accounts for energy efficiency. More than 90 percent of the life cycles of Henkel’s products were appraised and assessed the footprint of each product along the value chain. This means the product’s properties, from sourcing to delivery can be improved for resource and energy consumption. Henkel’s research and development team is constantly developing smarter packaging that uses the least amount of materials and incorporates materials that are already recycled or can be easily recycled.  

From there, Henkel focuses on constantly improving its production sites and processes around the world, taking the standards of each country into consideration and providing country-specific approaches and solutions. As of 2018, there are 185 production sites around the world that are all working to reduce their environmental footprint, and simultaneously maintain safety standards and a high quality of production output. One of the best examples: the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certified plant, Ganesha.

Smart technology in production sites can record information such as how weather affects production. This makes it easier to find and then improve the parts of production that could be more efficient.

Smart technology in production sites can record information such as how weather affects production. This makes it easier to find and then improve the parts of production that could be more efficient.

Even production processes are given an ecological boost through the implementation of new technology. With a global digital Environment Management System, production sites can track exactly how many resources and how much energy is consumed in a day – all in real-time. Henkel also installed an adapted form of smart home technology to its Laundry & Home Care production sites, which uses modules inside and outside the factory to analyze how weather conditions affect production, so resources can be used more efficiently.

The transport networks that carry products out into the world are also augmented by new technologies. With the introduction of Industry 4.0, manufacturing has never been more efficient, flexible, or intelligent. The technology fuelling the movement is used to better plan, source, produce and deliver products and solutions, removing guesswork and mistakes that can cost companies time and resources.

Henkel plans events around the world for its Sustainability Ambassadors, such as visiting schools and teaching children energy efficient behaviors.

Henkel plans events around the world for its Sustainability Ambassadors, such as visiting schools and teaching children energy efficient behaviors.

The intention of individuals

There’s even more potential for improving energy efficiency after products have left a factory, namely once they are used by consumers. Henkel brands and technologies are used millions of times every day in households and industrial processes worldwide, which is why the company has committed to developing innovative products that require and consume less energy. To increase awareness among consumers, Henkel also provides a footprint calculator that determines how much CO₂ individuals, or even a household of people, produce in a year. For its employees, the company runs campaigns that encourage responsible behavior and raise awareness about the importance of energy efficiency. One of these, the Sustainability Ambassadors program, trains Henkel employees in energy efficient behaviors and also arranges events in local communities worldwide for employees to share this knowledge.

More about Energy Efficiency

News

Circular Economy
Dr. Christoph Hoffmann, Director Corporate Strategy, Sustainability & Circular Economy at ALPLA
Dr. Christoph Hoffmann, Director Corporate Strategy, Sustainability & Circular Economy at ALPLA