Leading global manufacturer and technology group Robert Bosch GmbH and its Australian arm have announced they will be carbon neutral by the year 2020.
Chairman of the board Dr Volkmar Denner said: “We will be the first major industrial enterprise to achieve the ambitious goal of carbon neutrality in a little over a year.
“All 400 Bosch locations across the globe will be carbon neutral from 2020.”
Robert Bosch Australia manufactures diodes and industrial machinery and equipment at its Clayton, Victoria campus, as well as providing manufacturing consulting services and managing the import of a wide range of industrial and consumer products.
The sprawling campus has undergone massive change in recent years with an exit from manufacturing automotive computers, however major operations still remain true to the company’s vision of itself as a manufacturer in the markets where it operates.
President of Bosch Oceania, Gavin Smith said the company was accelerating its local activities to de-carbonise its operations.
“Bosch has always exceeded its previous goals to reduce CO2 emissions, however more can be done and the time is now.
“We want our customers to have the assurance that the technology and services they are purchasing have been manufactured in a responsible and sustainable manner.”
To achieve its climate goal, Bosch will focus on four main levers: increasing site energy efficiency, generating new clean power, procuring green electricity, and offsetting any unavoidable CO2 emissions.
Bosch Australia is aiming to achieve a 10-15 per cent reduction in energy demand at its Clayton headquarters in 2020.
Upgrades already completed at the site include installation of high-efficiency boilers and LED lighting in all buildings.
Work has also commenced on the installation of over 3,000 solar panels, which will begin generating renewable energy for the site in 2020.
Energy requirements that exceed what the company can generate will be procured from green electricity sources.
In the years to 2030, the global company will progressively increase the share of renewable energy in the power that it generates and buys, and will invest over a billion euros to boost its locations’ energy efficiency.
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