A holistic approach to environmental responsibility
At KSB, environmental responsibility always has two sides: Firstly, protecting the environment during the manufacture of our products. Secondly, minimising the ecological footprint generated by our products and services over their life cycle. KSB pays close and consistent attention to both aspects.
In order to lessen the environmental impact of our manufacturing, we ensure that our production processes minimise energy and material consumption. We also take ecological factors into account right from the start of every new development in accordance with international standards.
Today, all of KSB’s products incorporate increasing amounts of recyclable materials. This maximises the possibilities for environmentally conscious recycling of raw materials at the end of our products’ life cycles.
Certification to environmental standard ISO 14001
At the same time, KSB is doing everything it can to make its production facilities as environmentally friendly as possible. Here we are focusing on pro-active preventive measures and consistently avoiding potential damage to the environment.
To minimise emissions of climate-critical carbon dioxide, KSB is successively refurbishing its buildings, production facilities and assembly halls to be more energy efficient. For example, we are investing in a new heating system at our Frankenthal location. Since 2021, all electricity used at our German production locations has come from exclusively renewable sources.
KSB applies internationally recognised standards to measure and continuously improve environmental performance at all of its locations. All factories are already certified to the ISO 14001 environmental standard.
When new KSB production factories are built – as was recently the case in Shirwal, India – environmental considerations are taken into account in all key planning decisions from location choice to energy-efficient building design. In Shirwal, we are currently saving 1,207 tonnes of CO2 per year just by using the company’s own solar power system.
Renewable energies on the rise
We are also continuously striving to increase the share of renewables in our energy mix outside our home base in Germany, which has already been completely converted to green electricity.
In 2019, renewable energy already accounted for 34.4 percent of our global electricity consumption. But we see this as just the start and will continue to increase this share.
By implementing a range of measures, KSB managed to reduce its CO2 output by 2,292 tonnes in 2019 compared to 2018. We aim to reduce CO2 emissions from our manufacturing locations by a further 30 percent by 2025.
KSB products reduce greenhouse gas emissions in operation
In operation, KSB’s energy-efficient products help to save large amounts of electricity and thus greenhouse gases. This makes them attractive to our customers from both an environmental and a financial perspective.
An important point given that today pumps still account for around 30 percent of electricity consumed in industry.
The savings potential is considerable: By 2025, KSB aims to save 850,000 tonnes of CO2 per year in Europe alone by selling energy-efficient variable speed water pumps.
Reconciling economic and ecological goals is a lived reality for KSB – and yet still a journey that will require many more efforts.