Global megatrends, such as energy, and raw materials shortages, urbanization, and population growth, are confronting companies and communities with major economic, social, and ecological challenges. Availability and efficient use of energy and resources are crucial to sustainable development and poverty reduction. Sika sees it as its responsibility to minimize the impact, on climate change by reducing energy consumption from non renewablesources with the positive effect of lowering costs and increasing competitiveness. The Group goal is:
TARGET: 3% LESS ENERGY CONSUMPTION PER TON AND YEAR
This includes the total energy produced and consumedby all Sika operating companies and units, both industrial andnonindustrial sites.
Sika consumed 1,833 terajoules in 2015 (previous year: 1,671 terajoules). Approximately 53% of Sika’s energy requirements were met by electrical power from the local grid. The remaining demand was mainly covered by natural gas and liquid fuels. Energy consumption per ton came to 455 megajoules (revised figure for the previous year*: 438 megajoules).
This slight increase of 4% is primarily due to the change in product mix and strong growth in energy-intensive product technologies. Withan increase in energy efficiency of approximately 15% during the last two reporting years in comparison to 2013, Sika is on track. To maintain the positive trend, the following energy projects have been initiated:
The Sika plant in Düdingen, for example, uses waste heat from air compressors to heat the factory, reducing or saving 390 MWh of natural gas, 79 tons of CO2 emissions per year. Sika Spain installed a new cooling tower in late 2014 to provide better performance with lower energy consumption.The new cooling tower will save 200 MWh of energy and 58 tons of CO2.
* The values from the 2014 Annual Report have been retroactively adjusted in line with renewed availability and factored into the calculation of the key figures.