For more than 50 years now, we have been developing innovative products that improve the quality of life for people across the globe. We are convinced that the successful history of BSH is in large part the result of how we act responsibly toward society and our planet.
Our energy-efficient appliances contribute specifically to continuously decreasing energy consumption and cost savings in the home, and to a reduction in CO2 emissions. This is as good for our customers’ wallets as it is for the environment.
To protect the finite resources of our planet we are also driving forward decoupling growth and resource consumption. We constantly look for new solutions to reduce the ecological impact of our products and processes in production to a minimum. That is what we define as sustainability. In this context, our first resource efficiency program, in which we were able to reduce specific resource consumption in production, logistics and administration by 25 percent, ran from 2010 to 2015. BSH was already recognized for these efforts by the German Energy Agency (dena) in 2014 with the “Energy Efficiency Award”. Our “Resource Efficiency 2025” program followed on from that and has been running since 2016. Its aim is to save a further 20 percent by 2025 compared to 2015.
Decoupling growth and resource consumption – we have set ourselves this goal so that we can contribute to sustainable development. As part of the "Resource efficiency 2015" Group project first launched in 2010, BSH already implemented a host of measures by the end of 2015 to enable it to act in a more efficient and more sustainable manner. BSH was recognized for these efforts by the German Energy Agency (dena) in 2014 with the "Energy Efficiency Award". The successful program is being continued – by 2025 we want to reduce our energy consumption by a further 20 percent.
targeted savings for energy- and water-consumption by 2025.
energy saved through energy efficiency in production between 2015 and 2017.
lower CO2 emissions between 2015 and 2017. Of which 13,000 t were saved through photovoltaics and 3,300 t through biomass/district heating.
savings for specific emissions in production between 2015 and 2017.
With regard to the economical use of materials in manufacturing as well as energy in production and during the usage phase of home appliances, we have been the industry leader for years.
In addition, we are continuously expanding our stock of renewable energy sources. Positive experiences in this area can be seen, among others, in the use of solar panels on the roofs of buildings in China, Germany and the United States. A biomass heating plant has also already been supplying heat and electricity at the Traunreut site in Germany for many years.
In logistics as well, we are continuing to work on innovative solutions to systematically cut CO2 emissions. To achieve this, we need motivated employees who regard environmental protection not merely as a task, but as a mission.
All BSH factories are certified according to the international ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems. All production sites in the European Union and our site in Turkey were already certified in accordance with the ISO 50001 standard.
The environmental compatibility of products is an important aspect throughout the entire product life cycle. This also applies to minimizing the follow-on costs when disposing of old appliances. The local BSH sales organizations adhere strictly to the applicable legal requirements in this respect.
Our life cycle observations clearly indicate that environmental impact is higher during the usage phase than in the other phases of a product life cycle due to energy, water and detergent consumption. That's why BSH gives top priority to developing energy-efficient and water-conserving appliances.
BSH observes legal obligations in relation to substance restrictions. It also makes sure that specific hazardous substances classed as harmful to health and the environment, and hence undesirable in home appliances, are avoided – even if no statutory substance restrictions are in force. The basic prerequisite for recycling management is that only clean materials are used – materials without critical additives or heavy metals. In terms of product design, BSH is therefore breaking new ground to close the material cycle and protect important and valuable resources for further use. Furthermore, BSH promotes environmentally-compatible recycling technology through standardization. The aim is to exclude hazardous substances and recover valuable materials from old appliances.
Recycled plastic materials and bio-based materials do not yet have the same technical properties as the new plastic products currently in use. Nevertheless, BSH is examining possible applications of recycled and bio-based materials in various pre-development projects in the product divisions and assessing them in terms of costs and competitive advantages. The aim is to be able to replace crude oil-based plastics in the long term.