Data from the International Energy Agency shows that manufacturing accounts for 32% of global carbon dioxide emissions. And even though that’s a 35% cut from 2007, Bosch is dedicated to doing even better, by announcing to be carbon neutral by 2020.
The company says that it will increase the proportion of renewables in its energy supply and offset ‘unavoidable’ emissions, in a move designed to cut 3.3 million metric tonnes of carbon emissions next year.
“Climate change is not science fiction; it’s really happening,” said CEO Volkmar Denner earlier this month at the firm’s annual press conference. Over the next decade, Bosch will invest €1bn in the energy efficiency of its plants and buildings as it looks to save 1.7TWh of energy use a year by 2030. It is also planning to gradually increase the share of renewable power it uses.
“As an innovation leader, we want to deliver technological solutions to ecological problems. Driving bans, diesel protests, yellow vests, and Friday climate strikes – all this shows that companies need to take climate action and offer new solutions for urban air quality, not least to stabilise the social climate,” said Denner.
Further plans include reducing air pollution levels by developing artificial intelligence to better manage city centre traffic flow, and build air quality monitors to track pollution levels – with some of this work taking place at the London Connectory.