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 CO2 emissions 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 CO2 emissions 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 CO2 emissions of more than 8,000 households in Europe.
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 CO2 saving projects that will lead to an app. 2% additional CO2 reduction 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.