Climate and energy

In 2016, we reduced our CO2 emissions by 26% compared to 2007 levels. Compared to an average European household, 26% savings corresponds to the energy used for water heating, electrical appliances and lighting. Our target is a 50% reduction in 2020.

We have reached 26 % / Our goal is 50 % by 2020

Policy and goals
The goal of the VELUX climate strategy is to reduce COemissions by 50% in 2020 compared to the 2007 baseline. We apply ISO 50001 (Energy Management) to achieve this goal.

Activities
In 2016, we implemented certified ISO 50001 energy management at all VELUX production and warehouse sites in Europe and at VELUX headquarters in Hørsholm.


We systematically work to fulfil our climate goals through:
  • Implementation of Energy Management
  • Investment in energy efficiency projects
  • Use of renewable energy (e.g. solar panels, wood chip waste from production for heat generation) 

Performance

CO2 reductions

Direct emissions (oil, natural gas)
Indirect emissions (electricity)

Other indirect emissions (car, plane fuel)

In the period 2015-16, energy management and energy efficiency projects implemented at the European VELUX production and warehouse sites have reduced CO2 emissions corresponding to app. 7,000 tons.

Despite the isolated effect of our energy-saving and CO2-reducing initiatives, overall COemissions rose by 3,900 tons in 2016 compared to 2015. The increase is due to the influence of other major factors:

  • Moving production to countries with significantly higher COemissions per kWh in the national electricity grid
  • Insourcing/outsourcing of production
  • In 2016, one of our major bio-boilers in Poland producing renewable heat was out of operation for most of the year due to extension of its heat supply system. This modification has increased our renewable energy production on site significantly. But in 2016 the outage time reduced renewable heat production.

Nevertheless, our CO2 emissions in 2016 were 35,000 tons lower than in 2007. This equals a saving comparable to COemissions of more than 8,000 households in Europe.

Next steps
In 2017, we will continue to implement energy savings at all production sites and warehouses. We will also increase our renewable energy production by using more waste wood from production for heat generation. Through these measures, and by energy optimisation and installation of new energy-efficient equipment, we expect to implement COsaving projects that will lead to an app. 2% additional COreduction in the period 2017-18; the full effect of projects will first be visible when the optimised use has been running for a full calendar year.

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