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.