Improving our performance, reducing resource consumption

Henkel has production sites in 57 countries. We also have administration, research and marketing and sales sites, warehouses, and logistics centers in many countries. As a local employer and contractor, we are thus able to stimulate the economic development of various regions. Efficient and modern production sites are a prerequisite for the production of high-quality brands and technologies. This includes the worldwide transfer of knowledge and new technologies.

Continuously improving our processes and site structures, while simultaneously reducing energy, water and materials consumption and environmental impacts, is an important part of our promise of quality. Keeping our 20-year goal of "Factor 3" in mind, we have set concrete interim targets for our production sites. By 2015, we aim to reduce our ecological footprint by another 15 percent per production unit in each of the focal areas Energy and Climate, Water and Wastewater, and Materials and Waste. Overall, our efforts should translate into a 30 percent efficiency improvement over the next five years – that is, 5 to 6 percent per year.

In 2011, as a result of all our worldwide programs, 67 percent of our sites were able to reduce their water consumption, 61 percent their energy consumption,
and 50 percent their waste footprint.

Our contribution to climate protection

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. In its sustainability strategy, Henkel has therefore defined "Energy and Climate" as one of its six focal areas and assigned a clear efficiency target to this area: a further reduction of 15 percent in energy consumption per production unit by 2015. We will thus continue to help achieve climate protection goals in all of the countries in which we operate.

The underlying approach of our strategy is that reduction is always better than offsetting. As a basic principle, we begin by exploring all options for reducing energy consumption and the related carbon emissions, in order to avoid generating climate-damaging gases in the first place. It is only after we have exhausted all those possibilities that we consider the use of green electricity or carbon offsetting certificates. Nevertheless, we check whether and where the use of renewable energy sources is economically worthwhile for us and can make an additional contribution to climate protection.

To find ways to achieve an across-the-board improvement in our operational carbon footprint, we also look closely at the development, transport and storage of our products, as well as at our business trips and office buildings.

2010 to 2015 target:

–15 %energy, water and
waste per production unit.

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Photo Ratibor production site
At our Ratibor production site, we are continuously reducing energy consumption and the related carbon emissions.

Last updated: March 8, 2012