Walking the talk in our energy transition
“As you can see from the image [above], when we talk about the energy transition, Scope 1 and 2 are within our direct control,” says Christian. “When talking about these emission ‘buckets’, it’s crucial to realize that our Scope 1 and 2 are someone else’s Scope 3, and therefore we need to walk the talk and show reduction in our own organization.
“When you break down the Scope 1 and 2 emission reduction that Eline and I are focused on into real numbers – for instance, actual reduction targets for the sites – the difference we can make is significant, though not necessarily easy to achieve.”
Sites have a big role to play in consuming less energy
We’ve committed to reducing our relative energy consumption by 30% by 2030 (baseline 2018). Since the bulk of our energy consumption comes from our manufacturing sites – around 80% of it – this is where most of our attention is placed, in addition to offices, warehouses and stores.
“In terms of actually reducing the energy consumption, there is no secret other than filling up a pipeline of energy reduction projects,” says Christian. “What we’ve seen is that the number one easy and cost-effective solution is shutting down equipment when not in use – just like at home, turn off the light.”
“We’re steadily getting traction as sites get a better understanding of their consumption patterns,” he explains. “For example, the energy consumption on sites can be quite high over the weekend when it shouldn’t be. Sites then systematically identify what can be turned off, turned down or consolidated. Understanding the power bill and monitoring usage in specific areas provide us with insights we can use to reduce consumption.
“What’s critical is that we have people on site that support these activities and bring them to the next level – which, considering numerous KPIs and other responsibilities, isn’t an easy task. If the energy champion and the management team can overcome resource and prioritization challenges, we make progress. It takes time and a collective effort from everyone in the organization, but now, certainly helped by high energy prices, we see our pipeline of energy projects filling up.”