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Green energy lowers CO2 emissions dramatically

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The Lesjöfors companies keep working on their sustainability objectives, where lower CO2 emissions are one focus area. Velleuer in Germany is a good example of how a transition to a green energy mix can lower emissions by more than half, fast and easy. 

2021 05 05 085438Ten years ago, the German Lesjöfors company Velleuer certified to the environmental management standard ISO 14001. Since then Velleuer constantly monitors the environmental effects of their output and explores potentials to improve. In 2016, the company succeeded in reversing the negative trend with rising production-related COemissions, even though production volumes increased. To take in energy sources with less environmental impact was the solution.

Sustainability focus 

In 2020, five years later, the opportunity had come to lower the COemissions even further. With the conversion to green electricity, a further annual potential of reducing almost 300 tons of COhas opened up. This means an emission reduction of more than 60 per cent* thanks to certified green energy, produced with a zero emission guarantee.

Frank Jahn, MD of Velleuer, comments on the company’s sustainability focus:

“We are happy this opportunity came up and March 2020 was the right time for us to make a transition at a reasonable cost. For further steps, we are monitoring new opportunities according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol providing standards for business and utilizing “Eco cockpit”, a free and easy-to-use online platform. Currently, we have completed the analysis on Scope 1 and Scope 2. In 2022, Scope 3 will come, when we broaden to the business field of procurement.”

*on Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHP Protocol

Charging stations at the premises 

Velleuer also encourages the idea of emission-free local mobility. The company has installed both a charging station for employees´ electrical bikes, and a 2 x 22 kW wall box where coworkers can charge their electrical vehicles as well as company cars.

“To make it easier taking the bike to work does not only make a valuable contribution to lower air pollution, it also improves our employees’ health so it is a huge win-win for all parts”, says Frank Jahn.

The Lesjöfors Group provides the widest range of springs and pressings to customers in diverse industries across the world. With a unique expertise in high technological, custom-made solutions and a flexible manufacturing capacity, Lesjöfors is the premier partner for all spring requirements. Lesjöfors, owned by Beijer Alma a listed company on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, comprises almost 40 manufacturing and sales companies in many countries. As a long-term and committed spring innovator, the Group continuously grows with a good profitability, both organically and by acquisitions.

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