Sustainability

Engineering for a better world

Sustainability at GEA

"Sustainability is a key element in our Mission 26 corporate strategy. That makes it fundamental to all decisions we make as a company."

Dr. Nadine Sterley

Chief Sustainability Officer

Add Better

Add Better - Empowering customers with resource-efficient solutions

The Add Better label promotes GEA sustainable solutions that are significantly more resource-efficient than their predecessors.

New Foos

Contributing to more sustainable and ethical nutrition

Climate transition plan 2040

GEA ups ambitious climate targets

GEA has raised its medium-term climate targets for 2030 and for the first time set a short-term target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its own operations by 2026. In addition, the company plans to present its Climate...

Dr. Nadine Sterley Chief Sustainability Officer

Interview with Dr. Nadine Sterley, Chief Sustainability Officer

Sustainability is a key element in our Mission 26 corporate strategy. That makes it fundamental to all decisions we make as a company.

Diversity at GEA

Seeing diversity as opportunity

If we want to sustain the success of the economy and society going forward, we must not only recognize but also foster and above all harness human diversity.

Tanzania's cloudfishers

Responsible operations - Fishing clouds in Tanzania

Water is life. The statistics alone show that these are not empty words: Diseases caused by contaminated water are responsible for more deaths than all forms of violence – including war.

Climate transition plan 2040

Climate strategy

GEA ups ambitious climate targets

GEA has raised its medium-term climate targets for 2030 and for the first time set a short-term target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its own operations by 2026. In addition, the company plans to present its Climate Transition Plan 2040 to shareholders and pass the corresponding resolution at its Annual General Meeting on April 30, 2024.

Our ambition & sustainability targets

We engineer sustainable solutions for a better world and to support the sustainability goals of our customers. And we promote the highest environmental and social standards at our own sites and in procurement. We aim to become the most attractive employer in the engineering industry with greater diversity, equal opportunity and integration, and by offering long-term career development prospects. 

Sustainable solutions
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions scope 3 by 27.5% by 2030
  • 100% of solutions will be offered with zero freshwater-use by 2030 
  • 100% of packaging-related solutions use sustainable packaging materials by 2030
  • 100% of service parts and machinery packaging material to fulfill one of the five R’s of circular economy (Reduce; Re-use; Repair; Remanufacture; Recycle) by 2026 

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Responsible operations
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions scope 1 & 2 by 60% by 2026 and 80% by 2030
  • 50% of total energy demand is covered by certified energy management system by 2026
  • All sites in water-stressed areas that implemented a water strategy by 2026
  • Waste recovery rate at production sites >98% of by 2026
  • 100% of preferred suppliers fulfill GEA’s sustainability criteria by 2026 and 100% of A suppliers by 2030
  • 100,000 people reached through skill-based volunteering in 2026
  • Donation of 1% of net profit per year

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Employer of choice
  • 80% favorable rating on the question: “Would you recommend GEA as a good place to work?” in internal employee engagement survey by 2026
  • 21% female representation in management levels L1 – L3 by 2026
  • 80% of open positions filled by own talent across management levels L1 – L7 by 2026
  • Building a diverse talent pool to further strengthen diversity on all management levels by 2026 

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NET ZERO by 2040
Sustainability at GEA - Project in Tansania

Report

Sustainability Report 2022

GEA informs its investors, customers, employees as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and all other stakeholders on the implementation of sustainability in the company’s strategy regarding ecology and social responsibility in its latest sustainability report.

GEA aims to provide its customers with sustainable value creation and future-proof ideas for continued success. Be it through our technologies for water treatment, safe food and pharmaceuticals, or a host of other efficient products and process technologies. We call this “Engineering for a better world.” And this is what motivates us every day.

Our performance

GEA strives to provide more detail in its reporting, in line with the Global Reporting Initiative. This year, GEA published its secondstand-alone sustainability report. Feedback from stakeholders and recognition for our work encourage us to continue improving our reporting.

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Ratings
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Sustainability

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GEA strives to provide more detail in its reporting, in line with the Global Reporting Initiative. This year, GEA published its second a stand-alone sustainability report. Feedback from stakeholders and recognition for our work encourage us to continue improving our reporting.

1. GEA holds two CDP leadership rankings for performance and reporting transparency: an ‘A’ for tackling climate change and an ‘A-’ for acting to protect water security.

2. In 2021, GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft received a rating of AA (on a scale of AAA-CCC) in the MSCI ESG Ratings assessment. The use by GEA of any MSCI ESG Research LLC or its affiliates (“MSCI”) data, and the use of MSCI logos, trademarks, service marks or index names herein, do not constitute a sponsorship, endorsement, recommendation, or promotion of GEA by MSCI. MSCI services and data are the property of MSCI or its information providers, and are provided ‘as-is’ and without warranty. MSCI names and logos are trademarks or service marks of MSCI.

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