Most of the world’s energy consumption comes from industry and buildings, and the potential for cutting it is equally huge. Danfoss wants to be a role model, and 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.
President & CEO Niels B. Christiansen says, “Worldwide, we deliver some of the most innovative and efficient technologies for saving energy; helping cities and companies to reach their targets. 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.”
Danfoss is already making good progress in living up to these targets. Between 2007 and 2014, the company’s net sales increased by 55%, whereas energy consumption, compared to sales, 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 Danfoss’ own products.
Based on the positive experiences, Danfoss 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.
Danfoss is also set to continue introducing green energy sources. In 2013, for example, Danfoss set up a solar cell park – probably the biggest of its kind in Scandinavia – next to its headquarters in Nordborg, Denmark. It 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 Danfoss’ 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. A range of Danfoss products are installed to save energy.
Facts about the new climate targets:
- The ambition is to reduce energy intensity by 50%, from 24 MWh per 1m DKK sold in 2007 to 12 by 2030.
- At the same time, the amount of energy used by the company must produce half the amount of CO2. In 2007, Danfoss emitted 320 kg CO2 per 1 MWh of energy. By 2030, this is set to be a maximum of 160.
- The aim is for energy intensity at Danfoss to drop by an annual 3% from 2017, and the emissions of CO2 per 1 MWh energy by 5%.