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The environmental performance indicators shown below were determined for all HUBER+SUHNER sites with significant production activities and therefore cover Switzerland, Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, Poland, Tunisia and the UK. Germany is also included as a country with substantially high net sales. Each site is considered as a unit, in which energy and material enter (input), and emissions and waste, as well as wastewater, leave (output). Only those flows of energy and material are considered, which are used in high amounts, which are suspected to have an important environmental impact, or which are scheduled to take measures. Land use and infrastructure (real estate, apparatus, vehicles etc.) are not considered, nor is the impact of use and disposal of products at customer level.

While water consumption has increased only slightly and the volume of waste slightly decreased in 2017 compared to the previous year, energy consumption rose by four percent, due to the increase in production output. While the increase in total greenhouse gas emissions of seven percent compared to the previous year was in line with the increased production volume, greenhouse gas emissions in Scope 1+2* grew at an above-average rate. The main reason for this increase was technical malfunctions in the electron beam crosslinking equipment at the Pfäffikon site. A larger amount of the insulating gas SF6** was released than in normal operation. Measures to prevent such excessive emissions have already been initiated.
Environmental performance indicators 2017
Target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
HUBER+SUHNER has committed itself to a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which has been recognized by the Science Based Targets Initiative. Such an objective is considered science-based if the reduction path is suitable for limiting the temperature rise on Earth to a maximum of two degrees Celsius compared with pre-industrial times. HUBER+SUHNER aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent between 2015 and 2025 in relation to the added value generated. In scope 3*** , the company has so far exceeded its target reduction. In scope 1+2, the intermediate target 2016 was achieved, while the intermediate target 2017 was missed.

  HUBER+SUHNER has had an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions drawn up since the business year 2012. The inventory serves to identify the crucial greenhouse gas sources and to initiate targeted measures for reduction. The company published the data of this inventory on the platform of CDP (formerly: Carbon Disclosure Project). From business year 2017, the HUBER+SUHNER Group has made its global inventory of greenhouse gas emissions available to an interested public on this website (see download box at top right).

* Scope 1 covers all direct greenhouse gas emissions by a company. It includes fuel combustion, company vehicles and fugitive emissions. Scope 2 covers indirect greenhouse gas emissions from consumption of purchased electricity, heat or steam. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_emissions_reporting)

** Sulphur hexafluoride is considered to be the strongest known greenhouse gas (1 kg SF6 corresponds to 22.8 tonnes of CO2).
*** Scope 3 covers other indirect emissions, such as the extraction and production of purchased materials and fuels, transport-related activities in vehicles not owned or controlled by the reporting entity, electricity-related activities (e.g. T&D losses) not covered in Scope 2, outsourced activities, waste disposal, etc. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_emissions_reporting)

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