Large manufacturers have to get serious about their environmental impact

19. 10 .2022, Jasmin Bermadinger

Cyrkl was chosen to be part of this year’s Greener Manufacturing Show Europe, taking place from 9th to 10th November in Cologne. Besides the possibility to get to know Cyril Klepek and his team personally, Cyrkl will host a presentation at the Conference, together with partner and client Skoda Auto. Getting large-scale industry leaders to tackle their environmental impact is no longer only a question of image, it is crucial and role models are needed more than ever.

Germany leads GHG emissions data charts

As much as the label “Made in Germany” stands for a rather high quality and excellent technological skills, it comes with a price. In 2019, the nation emitted over 800k tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, almost double the amount of the second-placed UK. Even more concerning is the relation to emissions from all EU-28 states in the given year: Germany is responsible for over a fifth of them.

When we switch to data on the emissions per sector, 77.01% are caused by the energy sector. This also includes transportation, causing around a third of these emissions. Another 10 percent are caused by agriculture, and 9% lead back directly to industrial processes and the usage of products. The remaining 3,32% are attributable to the treatment of waste.

Whereas majority of emissions are caused by the energy sector, the share which the industrial processes hold might be easier addressable and can therefore be decreased faster and easier. Along with the 3,3% caused by waste incineration and landfilling, there’s easily a percentage of 12% which can be tackled right away with the right partners.

(source: europarl.europa.eu)

Let’s take a closer look at Scope 3 emissions and their potential

The GHG protocol defines a standardised framework around the quantification and classification of a company’s greenhouse gas emissions. Knowing about the numbers is the very first step to make effective steps for changing one’s environmental impact.

The Scope-Concept was developed to be able to assign emissions to their sources. Scope 1 includes a company’s direct emissions, like the ones from burning fuels on site for production purposes or the trucks and cars they are running. Indirect emissions, like the ones that get emitted when the used electricity is produced by a third party, are defined as Scope 2.

Scope 3 emissions are officially defined as “the result of activities from assets that are not owned or controlled by your company, but your company directly influences these activities within its own value chain". If you run a company, which produces plastic parts for the automotive industry, the emissions caused by producing the plastic granules for your machines are Scope 3. Also, the ones which are emitted as soon as your part gets burned after it’s lifecycle.

Although majority of emissions can be led back to Scope 2 – a finding which the previous statistic supports as well – low hanging fruits like secondary input materials of proper waste management and recycling are part of Scope 3.

(source: climatepartner.com)

About the Greener Manufacturing Show

The Greener Manufacturing Show is dedicated to new technologies, materials, and solutions to help companies design and manufacturer their products from more sustainable materials, limit and eliminate the use of toxic chemicals, and reduce the impact of their industrial and manufacturing processes on the environment and global climate change. International brand owners and manufacturers from a wide range of industries will explore and discuss the latest innovations driving the new circular economy.

The two-day event will bring together leading experts from the entire supply chain including major manufacturers, technology manufacturers and suppliers, software and solutions companies, heavy industry, chemical companies, various manufacturing organizations, research groups and NGOs, consultants, and government bodies to explore the latest technologies and solutions to enhance their sustainability credentials and reduce the impact of their operations on the environment.

Talk “Preserving Value in Industrial Materials” hosted by Cyril Klepek and Pavel Grmela from Skoda Auto

Alongside the exhibition fair, The Greener Manufacturing Show organises a conference, split up into 4 main areas. In the stream about Sustainable Materials, Cyrkl CEO Cyril Klepek will speak with Pavel Grmela from Skoda Auto about strategies on how to handle materials more sustainably and therefore preserve value in industrial material loops.

A team from Cyrkl is on site on both days and can be found in the Startup Area at Booth 4072E. Cyril Klepek will be available for more in-depth discussions after his presentation, and a local team of experts will guide visitors through Cyrkl’s marketplace and the range of services.

For more information visit www.greener-manufacturing.com

‐ Jasmin Bermadinger

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