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Emissions

SFS will produce a Group roadmap by the end of 2020 with the objective of a continuous reduction of its emissions. This roadmap will serve as the basis for a systematic reduction in CO2 emissions and will be presented and described in the next Sustainability Report.

GRI 103: MANAGEMENT APPROACH 2016

GRI 103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

Energy is vital to SFS’ production process. At the same time, burning fossil fuels to generate energy poses major challenges to the world community. Reporting on this material topic is structured as follows:

Scope 1: Emissions from sources owned or controlled by the company. Most of SFS’ direct emissions result from the heat treatment systems and its own heating systems.

Scope 2: Emissions that result from the generation of energy purchased from sources not owned or controlled by the company. At SFS, these indirect emissions result from energy consumption (electricity) and industrial gases, primarily in production processes at the company’s operating sites.

Scope 3: Other indirect emissions that result from the company’s activities at sources owned or controlled by a third party (e.g. suppliers or service providers).

SFS procures materials such as steel, non-ferrous metal, plastics and packaging material from external entities. These sources of indirect emissions were not assessed during the year under review.

No, or only negligible, emissions result from the deployment and use of SFS products by (B2B) customers. Therefore, this aspect was not assessed in the current Sustainability Report.

The data published under GRI 305-1 include around 86% of the global work output (around 9.047 FTE) and thus also includes the largest and most production-intensive sites of SFS. The remaining sites have little or no production activities and very few employees and were therefore not taken into account for data collection in the year under review.

GRI 103-2 The management approach and its components

SFS’ emissions management approach is also described in the “Quality, environmental and occupational health and safety policies” document. This document details, inter alia, SFS’ commitment to manufacture and offer all its products and services in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements for environmental protection and occupational health and safety. The goal of continuous improvement naturally also applies in this area: SFS uses energy and natural resources in a sensitive and efficient manner to reduce or eliminate environmental impact. The overriding aim is to produce products and services that are environmentally compatible and resource-responsible throughout their lifecycle.

At the request of the Group Executive Board, SFS has prioritized two goals within this material topic for the 2020 reporting year:

  • Continuous reduction in CO2 emissions: SFS will produce a Group roadmap by the end of 2020 with the objective of a continuous reduction of its emissions. This roadmap will serve as the basis for a systematic reduction in CO2 emissions and will be presented and described in the next Sustainability Report.
  • Ongoing ISO 14001 certification of SFS sites: 15 SFS manufacturing sites have already been awarded ISO 14001 certification. In 2020, the activities for a certification of further locations will be continued.

The Group EHS (Environment Health Safety) Manager is responsible for the implementation of the defined goals and measures in cooperation with the EHS managers of the divisions and sites.

GRI 103-3 Evaluation of the management approach

The management approaches and measures described in GRI 103-2 are evaluated annually through systematic management reviews, and adjusted if necessary. This also includes environmental performance reviews: ISO 14001-compliant sites, for example, report their progress in reducing CO2 emissions.

GRI 305: EMISSIONS 2016

GRI 305-1 Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions

SFS’ direct CO2 emissions amounted to 91.265 metric tonnes in 2019 (see table: CO2 emissions SFS Group). Electricity consumption represented the largest source of CO2 emissions (81.3%), followed by industrial gases (18.5%) and heating oil (0.2%). The data was collected for the first time in this form during the year under review. The standards and methodologies of the IEA (International Energy Agency) were used to gather this data, and are then checked for plausibility and consolidated.

CO2 emissions SFS Group

Consumption CO2 emissions in tons 2019
Electric 74'140
Industrial gas 16'916
Heating oil 209
Total CO2 emissions 91'265

*except for the organizational units Tegra Medical and TFC