Clear targets for our production operations

Henkel has production sites in 54 countries. Continuously improving our processes and site structures, while simultaneously reducing energy, water and materials consumption and environmental impacts, is an important part of our promise of quality. Keeping our 20-year goal of “Factor 3” in mind, we have set concrete interim targets for our production sites. By 2015, we aim to reduce our ecological footprint by another 15 percent per production unit in each of the focal areas Energy and Climate, Water and Wastewater, and Materials and Waste.

Continuously improving our processes and site structures, while simultaneously reducing energy, water and materials consumption and environmental impacts, is an important part of our promise of quality. Keeping our 20-year goal of "Factor 3" in mind, we have set concrete interim targets for our production sites. By 2015, we aim to reduce our ecological footprint by another 15 percent per production unit in each of the focal areas Energy and Climate, Water and Wastewater, and Materials and Waste. Overall, our efforts should translate into a 30 percent efficiency improvement over the next five years – that is, 5 to 6 percent per year.

We also continued overall consolidation of our global production network in 2012. Despite a further increase in capacities, we reduced the total number of factories by eight to 135.

In 2012, as a result of all our worldwide programs, cuts were achieved in waste at 56 percent of our sites, in water consumption at 52 percent, and in energy consumption at 49 percent. We are focusing in particular on reducing energy consumption and thus contributing to climate protection, on using less material and generating less waste, as well as limiting water consumption and wastewater pollution.

Our contribution to climate protection

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. In its sustainability strategy, Henkel has therefore defined "Energy and Climate" as one of its six focal areas and assigned a clear efficiency target to this area: a further reduction of 15 percent in energy consumption per production unit by 2015. We will thus continue to help achieve climate protection goals in all of the countries in which we operate.

The underlying approach of our strategy is that reduction is always better than offsetting. As a basic principle, we begin by exploring all options for reducing energy consumption and the related carbon emissions, in order to avoid generating climate-damaging gases in the first place. It is only after we have exhausted all those possibilities that we consider the use of green electricity or carbon offsetting certificates. nevertheless, we check whether and where the use of renewable energy sources is economically worthwhile for us and can make an additional contribution to climate protection.

The Laundry & Home Care business sector has had the production building constructed in 2012 in the Hungarian city of Körösladány certified to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard. The LEED certification confirms that the standards for, among other things, health and environmental protection have been met in the design and construction of our production building.

Production building

Last updated: March 6, 2013