In the year under report, the lighting group provides energy saving potential of 642.289 MWh to the market
Dornbirn/Austria – Recently, the Zumtobel Group has published its fourth annual sustainability report. For five years the organisation has been regularly setting goals for itself, seeking to further develop its environmental and social commitment. The sustainability report includes a Magazine section and a Facts section, documenting the advances made in the 2013 financial year. The highlights in the year under report include, among other things, the rollout of value workshops for all staff members worldwide, completion of the CO2 footprint by factoring in logistics activities as well as the systematic provision of so-called EPDs (environmental declarations) for all core products.
The sustainability vision “Through light, we care.” is the basis of all business processes of the three brands: Zumtobel, Tridonic and Thorn. The organisation's sustainability commitment is coordinated at top level by the Management Board. “In whatever we do, all our choices are also based on our concern of trying to act as sustainably as possible,” explains Harald Sommerer, CEO of the Zumtobel Group.
Technological change in the lighting industry opens up major opportunities for higher energy efficiency
Technological change towards innovative products such as LED light sources, dimmable ballasts and intelligent control systems opens up major opportunities for higher energy efficiency in artificial lighting. There is still a lot of catching-up to do in the market, as, for instance, 75% of industrial and office lighting systems in Europe have by now become obsolescent or inefficient. The Zumtobel Group's strategy of investing in the expansion of its innovative product portfolio in a targeted manner despite difficult underlying economic conditions has turned to account. For instance, in the year under report, the Zumtobel Group managed to increase sales from innovative LED products by 49.8% to EUR 274.5 million. Overall, in the 2012/13 financial year, the Zumtobel Group provided an energy saving potential of 642,289 MWh to the market. This corresponds to the annual power consumption of 214,096 two-person households.
Tracing energy consumption
For decades, the efficient use of resources has played an important role in the Zumtobel Group. 13 out of 20 production facilities of the Zumtobel Group have been using an environmental management system according to ISO 14001, some of them for many years. In the year under report, the Zumtobel plant in Dornbirn carried out analyses of its material flow cycles, for instance. By increasing the efficiency of resources and materials used and creating sustainable cycles, potential energy savings of EUR 1 million have been opened up at this plant alone. On this basis, ISO 50001 (the internationally recognised standard for energy saving management systems) was incorporated in the Group's sustainability targets in the year under report. Here, the focus is above all on the increase of energy efficiency and the reduction of energy costs, energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
For the first time: overall corporate citizenship concept
As an employer, a business partner and also as a neighbour, the Zumtobel Group sees itself as part of the society in which it operates. The Zumtobel Group is recognising its social responsibility by developing an overall corporate citizenship concept. “We have created a framework to define where we, as the Zumtobel Group, can make an effective contribution. Our commitment must make sense with respect to the organisation and to our stakeholders. On this basis, we can now take reasonable decisions,” emphasises Sommerer.
The sustainability report of the Zumtobel Group takes its lead from the recognised Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI G3.1). This allows for transparency and makes it possible to compare companies' sustainability achievements.
Some facts from the sustainability report:
The full version of our sustainability report can be downloaded at: http://www.zumtobelgroup.com/en/corporate_responsibility.htm
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Cover of the sustainability report 2012/13
Environmental Officer and Safety Expert Wolfgang Natter is responsible, among other things, for material flow management at the luminaire factory in Dornbirn. His main goal is to boost resource and material efficiency and to create sustainable cycles.