Oerlikon Group, Pfäffikon, Schwyz, Switzerland, has published its sustainability report 2021, outlining the progress of the company in environmental, social and governance topics.
“Sustainability is an inherent part of our strategy and technologies, which is reflected in our solutions for customers and in our own operations,” stated Georg Stausberg, Chief Sustainability Officer and CEO of Oerlikon’s Polymer Processing Solutions Division. “On our journey toward our 2030 targets, I am very pleased that we have made excellent progress in our sustainability achievements, initiatives and processes in 2021, especially against the challenging COVID-19 pandemic backdrop.”
In Oerlikon’s approach to sustainable innovation, collaboration is said to remain a hallmark as the company focuses on extending tool life, reducing fuel consumption in cars and aeroplanes, improving textile machinery efficiency, increasing recycling of fibres and materials, and pioneering future technologies. In the report, there are said to be many case studies that illustrate how Oerlikon continues to help customers with cost-effective and climate-friendly solutions and services to build their businesses.
Oerlikon notes the following as some key figures:
- 22% of electricity consumed was from renewable sources
- Reduced disposed waste to 31% of total waste
- Approximately 72% of Oerlikon’s R&D investment covers the sustainability criteria
- Implemented Energy Management Systems (EnMS) at twelve additional sites, bringing the total to thirty, or 54% of the Group’s total energy consumption
“We will continue to engineer solutions that contribute to a more sustainable planet, and further work on our environmental, social and governance performance in our operations in pursuit of the 2030 targets we have set for ourselves,” Stausberg added. “We recognise the need to implement improvements on an ongoing basis – that sustainability is not a sprint toward the finish line, but a continuum on our journey to make Oerlikon a more sustainable and responsible company for all our stakeholders.”
The full report is available here.