We commit to minimizing the use of natural resources and hazardous materials in the development and manufacture of our products.
Kongsberg Automotive is committed to minimizing the impact of our activities on the environment, as described in our Environment Policy. Considering the size and scope of our operations, we appreciate our responsibility to do our part in preserving the communities we call home by serving as active stewards of the environment. We seek to conserve whenever possible and encourage others to do the same.
In fact, Kongsberg Automotive employees are empowered to reshape aspects of our operations to reduce the consumption of electricity, fuel, water and other resources. In doing so, our employees are implementing ideas to reduce operating costs and create alignment between our financial goals and reducing our environmental impact. This enables Kongsberg Automotive to be more competitive in an increasingly challenging business environment.
Energy & CO2 reduction efforts
Energy consumption data for electricity and burning of fossil fuels needed for production activities is collected. All manufacturing units collected energy consumption data for electricity and the burning of fossil fuels used for production. Their target for 2018 was to decrease yearly energy consumption by 1.0% relative to total product sales; which is “Energy Intensity”. The Group reports positive performance in 2018. Group energy intensity in 2018 decreased by 18% to 105 kilowatt-hours for every Euro of total product sales (down from 127 kWh/€ in 2017). Absolute energy use was cut 15% from about 142 million kWh in 2017 to 120 million kWh in 2018.
Using UN Greenhouse Gas Calculators, the Group calculated that its 2018 CO2 emissions were approximately 41,120 metric tons, or a 7% decrease from last year’s 44,110 t. Group CO2 emissions intensity in 2018 improved to 36 t of CO2/1M€ of total product sales from 39 t of CO2/1M€ in 2017.
Waste reduction efforts
Pollution control is important to KA and in the communities where it operates. In 2018, the Group’s aim was to reduce by 1% the yearly amount of waste sent to landfills. There was a parallel effort to lower the toxicity of waste requiring special treatment or disposal. The measure of waste to sales is the waste index. All units sought opportunities to reuse and recycle. Notably, 8 manufacturing locations were landfill free in 2018.
However, plant-restructuring programs did affect KA’s waste index, and it increased by 26% from 1.16 kg/1000€ in 2017 to 1.57 kg/1000€ in 2018. The Group’s absolute waste count also increased by 18% in 2018 to 1.8 million kg from 1.3 million kg in 2017.
Following an established baseline, KA’s water use was tracked in 2018 as a key performance indicator. While all manufacturing sites were tasked with reducing their water use by 1%, identifying conservation opportunities helped produce a 4% overall reduction.
Phil Walker, HSE Director, Group
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