As a global manufacturer it is important to us to monitor and reduce our carbon emissions where possible. Kautex is committed to reducing 80% of carbon emissions in Scope 1 & 2 and 30% in Scope 3 by 2030, with the ambition to achieve carbon neutrality in all Scopes by 2050.
At Kautex we have developed a sustainability roadmap covering actions on different scopes which are defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and which are listed below:
- Scope 1: Reducing in-house emissions through energy efficiency and low carbon solutions
- Scope 2: Powering operations activities with renewable energy
- Scope 3: Reducing carbon emissions in the supply chain by working with strategic suppliers, sourcing low-carbon material and focusing on a circular economy
Protecting our environment is a crucial aspect of our company’s philosophy.
The main highlight of our environmental program is the reduction of our energy consumption through the use of more efficient components as well as noise reduction programs.
In addition to the recycling of plastics, we also conduct research in plastics made of renewable primary products. Such biopolymers can be used in applications in the automotive industry as well as in packaging. These materials can reduce our environmental impact and offer improved sustainability. Resources are conserved and waste is reduced.
Reducing environmental footprint
Kautex offers fuel system solutions that make vehicles lighter, more fuel-efficient and have the capability to meet lower and lower emissions targets.
In the manufacturing of these fuel systems, Kautex takes a twist on the green approach. The Kautex Energy Management Action Plan (KEMAP) was produced to serve as a guidebook for the best way to operate our facilities in an energy-efficient manner. Lowering the energy intensity and waste streams in the manufacturing of our products are the key target of this system.
The KEMAP was built and designed from our experiences with and opportunities identified from energy kaizen/workshop events. The KEMAP has three basic components:
- Process textbooks
- Analysis sheets
- Energy scorecard
Each component of the KEMAP provides information on how energy systems, and changes to these systems, can impact our energy consumption and costs.
Our long-term vision is the elimination of adverse environmental impacts. Our 2025 sustainability goals call for a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a 10% reduction in energy consumption, waste disposal, and water use. We aim to achieve these goals by focusing on operationally integrated processes that maximize natural resource efficiency and waste elimination, while creating opportunities for positive engagement with employees, communities and other stakeholders. Increasing our use of renewable energy will be a key to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.
The Textron Achieve 2025 program allows effective partnering and sharing of energy and waste reduction techniques across the entire enterprise. Under Kautex’s 0-0-0 program we strive to bring waste/scrap reduction as one of the targets to reduce to zero.
This was the foundation for the building of the current KEMAP process at Kautex. The next phase of the KEMAP has been to transfer a significant number of best practices into equipment standards, so new equipment comes with our best approach right away and does not need to be retrofitted later to achieve the desired energy performance.
Kautex has also achieved ISO50001 and all of its Germany locations are certified by the TUV Rheinland.