The Benteler Group is placing an even stronger focus on sustainability in production, products and the supply chain: As part of a more comprehensive sustainability strategy, the Group has now specified its goals and continued or initiated numerous measures.
The central project is the decarbonization of the company: Production-related CO2 emissions (Scope 1 and 2) are to be halved by 2030. Scope 3 emissions for purchased goods and services and fuel- and energy-related emissions are to be reduced by 30 percent in the first step (base year 2019). By 2050, Benteler aims to achieve net zero emissions for Scope 1, 2 and 3 (upstream). The Benteler Steel/Tube Division is striving to achieve CO2 neutrality by 2045. To this end, the focus is on increased energy efficiency as well as the use of green electricity and climate-neutral input materials.
Other measures include clean energy, circular economy and water. For example, Benteler will continuously convert its production plants to green power and reduce its global energy consumption by two percent annually. Conserving resources is becoming even more important in manufacturing: Waste is to be reduced by six percent by 2025. At the same time, the recycling share – currently at around 80 percent in the Automotive Division – is to increase further. Specifically, at sites with high water stress, water withdrawals will be reduced by ten percent by 2030 (base year 2019). Benteler’s entire sustainability strategy is based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Ralf Göttel, CEO of the Benteler Group: “Benteler is an energy-intensive company. This makes us all the more aware of our social responsibility. We take a holistic approach to our sustainability activities: We set ourselves concrete, measurable goals that we will achieve – and gladly exceed – together as a team. In addition, we also contribute with our products to making tomorrow’s mobility even more sustainable.”
Fundamentally revised sustainability report published
The extensive Sustainability Report 2021, which the company recently published, illustrates the progress Benteler has already made in the past year. The publication features innovations in the area of product sustainability as well as various measures from the areas of supply chain, production and environment. For example, the Group’s Spanish automotive plants were already converted to “green” electricity last year. The Steel/Tube Division was recently awarded a silver medal by EcoVadis, one of the world’s largest providers of sustainability ratings, and is now among the top 25 percent of companies in the “Production of pig iron and steel” industry category.
According to Benteler, one highlight in the production area is the Steel/Tube Division’s “green tubes” strategy. The Steel/Tube Division also focuses on sustainable solutions in its product portfolio: With Hyresist – seamless, hot-rolled line pipe – Benteler enables the safe distribution of hydrogen. In addition, Benteler offers an innovative solution for e-vehicles with its high-pressure heat exchanger. The product contributes to the particularly effective cooling of the battery – and thus shortens its charging time. In partnership with Maruyasu Industries, the company is pooling its expertise in exhaust gas recirculation coolers. In this way, Benteler not only ensures more sustainable mobility, but also provides its customers with concrete support in meeting planned regulations such as the EU 7 standard.