TO A SMALLER FOOTPRINT
We use materials and precious resources responsibly, improve waste management and lower emissions
Reduced environmental impact is a key priority in order to achieve a long-term, sustainable business model. Important areas include reduced energy consumption in production, lower emissions of CO2 gases from production and transportation, responsible use of raw materials, water and waste in production, as well as increased energy efficiency throughout the life cycle of each product. Dometic’s production units have set local targets to improve their environmental performance based on their production profile, local environment and improvement potential. Next step will be to drive this development from a global perspective as well.
MATERIAL USE AND WASTE
The main materials used in Dometic products are plastics, steel, aluminum and copper. To minimize the use of resources, the ambition is to increase the use of recycled materials, along with enhanced reparability and recyclability in future product generations. Currently, the use of recycled materials in Dometic products is limited to recycled plastics on a low scale. Dometic has made focused efforts to increase the recycling of waste over the last years. A certain percentage of recycled material is included in components made of cardboard and steel. Since 2016, Dometic has also implemented a tenyear spare parts guarantee with the aim of prolonging product life.
In 2018, total waste amounted to 7,004 (7,641) tons, of which 228 (319) were hazardous waste. In all, 66 (59) percent of waste was recycled, including packaging, plastics and metals. In most countries, Dometic has access to developed systems for recycling and energy recovery, and aims to achieve recycling solutions in all markets.
Improved energy efficiency is one of the cornerstones and key challenges for Dometic. For years the Group has worked proactively with energy-saving programs aimed at reducing energy consumption at all facilities. Total energy consumption has continued to be improved in 2018. This was mainly done by:
Dometic expects to increase the percentage of energy from renewable sources over the next few years, in line with its aim to reduce CO2 emissions.
In order to further improve the energy efficiency in Dometic’s operations, a new energy savings target of 10 percent until 2021 was set on Group level. Global CO2 emissions are disclosed yearly by CDP Carbon Disclosure Project. Total energy use in 2018 was 76.6 GWh (77.0). Energy consumption in proportion to net sales improved to 4.2 percent (5.4), mainly driven by improved technologies for lightning, compressed air, heating and air-conditioning.
Dometic complies with applicable chemical legislation, including REACH and RoHs, with the aim of phasing out CMR chemicals. Key issues also include responsible end-of-life handling of cooling agents. Dometic has developed an end-of-life technology for emptying cooling units in absorption refrigerators. This technology is also used in Dometic’s production units worldwide.
Phase out of CMR solvents for PU foaming operations.
Implementation of ISO 14001:2015 at Milan factory.
Successful conversion to new ISO 14001:2015 standard at all currently certified sites.
Energy saving project for central air-conditioning system at the Shenzhen manufacturing site.
Termination of ground water usage for cooling purposes at the Krautheim manufacturing site.
Improved treatment of VOC emissions from Krautheim paint shop.
15 percent space reduction by 2021.
Accelerate energy saving
10 percent reduction of energy consumption by 2021.
Reduce water consumption
10 percent reduction of water consumption by 2021.
75 percent recycling target of all waste by 2021.
Consolidation of locations to reduce space.
Reduction of stock keeping units (SKUs) and components.
Modular product platform.
Digitalization throughout the entire value chain.
Consolidation of suppliers.
Increased coordination of transportation of goods.
Continue ISO 14001: 2015 certification.
Increased focus on Value Analysis / Value Engineering to reduce use of material and waste.