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Environmental performance 2020 at a glance (year-on-year)

  • Total energy consumption
    %
    -10
  • Total waste generation
    %
    -14
  • Intensity of raw material consumption
    %
    +0.9
  • Business travel
    %
    -88
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (scope 1+2)
    %
    -21
  • Environmental impact (core balance)
    %
    -24
  • Environmental impact (total balance)
    %
    -7
  • Tap water withdrawal
    %
    -21

Environmental management

HUBER+SUHNER considers care for the en- vironment an important and vital aspect of its corporate responsibility. As stated in the environmental policy, the company strives to continuously improve its environmental performance and make the most efficient use possible of raw and auxiliary materials, as well as of energy and water. HUBER+SUHNER also aims to avoid air and water pollution as well as to minimize the use and disposal of toxic and hazardous chemicals.

Environmental footprint

The figures below shows how the various material and energy flows contribute to the total environmental impact of HUBER+SUHNER. Extraction, processing and transport of the raw material copper accounted for 70 % of HUBER+SUHNER’s total environmental impact. Other significant environmental aspects were the remaining raw and auxiliary materials, product transports, electricity, paper and packaging material, and commuting traffic. In 2020, commuting traffic was systematically recorded at all locations in scope for the first time.

The core balance includes those material and energy flows that the company can directly influence. The significant environmental aspects were electricity waste disposal and heating followed by direct emissions of chemicals and fuels. Consequently, the majority of environmental targets relate to the top three environmental aspects of the core balance.

Even in the core balance, the environmental impact of the company’s water withdrawal has a very low share (< 0.5 %). This is why HUBER+SUHNER publishes its water withdrawal but no water footprint.

Environmental impact 2020

(total balance)

Environmental impact 2020

(core balance)

Resource efficiency

Resource efficiency has both an economic and an environmental effect. This is why it has always been an important part of envi- ronmental management at HUBER+SUHNER. Compared to the previous year, the consump- tion of all significant resources declined in 2020 as did waste generation (energy −10 %, copper −9 %, plastics −5 %, water −19 %, and waste generation −14%). In light of lower economic performance (added value −9 % year- on-year) this is not a significant improvement in overall resource efficiency.

Greenhouse gas emissions and climate change

The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in scope 1+2 decreased to 11 200 t in 2020 (−21 % year- on-year). GHG emissions in scope 3 sharply increased by 44 % (year-on-year) mainly due to a methodological change in the calculation. Compared to the restated 2019 scope 3 GHG emissions the 2020 GHG emissions, remained stable despite an expansion of the boundaries.

This figure shows that copper, all other materials, transport of products, and electricity account for 85 % of the carbon footprint of HUBER+SUHNER. Business traffic, a significant driver in previous years, played no role in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Carbon footprint 2020

Science-based target

In 2016, HUBER+SUHNER committed to achieving a science-based GHG reduction target in scope 1+2 by 2025. This target was validated by experts from the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). It was initially designed to support limiting global warming to 2 °C. In 2019, the CO2 reduction target was adapted to the more stringent criteria for limiting global warming to 1.5 °C. It reads: “HUBER+SUHNER Group commits to reduce scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 50 % per added value by 2025 from a 2015 base year.” In scope 3, HUBER+SUHNER has defined a voluntary, nonvalidated reduction target: “HUBER+SUHNER Group also commits to reduce scope 3 GHG emissions per added value 30 % by 2025 from a 2015 base year.”

Zero GHG Emissions by 2030

In setting its targets for the next five years, the HUBER+SUHNER Group has decided to further reduce its GHG emissions in scope 1+2 to zero by 2030, after the science-based target will be reached in 2025.

Science-based targets in scope 1+2 and scope 3 and actual performance (indexed graph: Changes in the year-on-year comparison due to methodological changes were excluded, for example, changes due to altered background data.)

40 % 20 % 14 % 11 % 6 % 6 % 5 % 1 % Copper Commuting All other materials Heating Transport of products Disposal Electricity Fuel <1% Paper/packaging Copper Commuting All other materials Heating Transport of products Disposal Electricity Fuel <1% Paper/packaging 40 % 20 % 14 % 11 % 6 % 6 % 5 % 1 % 2025 2019 2021 2015 2023 2017 40 20 0 60 80 100 120 140 % Scope 1+2 SBT (−50 %) Scope 1+2 Scope 3 SBT (−30 %) Scope 3 2025 2022 2019 2016 2024 2021 2018 2015 2023 2020 2017 40 20 0 60 80 100 120 140 % Scope 1+2 SBT (−50 %) Scope 1+2 Scope 3 SBT (−30 %) Scope 3 70 % % % 3 % 2 % 19 4 Copper Commuting All other materials Heating Transport of products Disposal Electricity Fuel <1% Paper/packaging 2 % Copper Commuting All other materials Heating Transport of products Disposal Electricity Fuel <1% Paper/packaging 19 % 4 % 3 % 2 % 2 % 70 % 73 % 11 % 9 % 4 % 3 % Electricity Water <0.5% Disposal Heating Chemicals Fuel Electricity Water <0.5% Disposal Heating Chemicals Fuel 73 % 11 % 9 % 4 % 3 %