Responsible Value Creation

GEA seeks to make a contribution to the protection of the natural environment by offering its customers efficient products and process solutions. As a rule, the technologies and processes they employ are highly energy-intensive, which is why energy savings and reductions in emissions or waste increasingly affect customers.

Economic impacts on climate change

Lower consumption of resources, less floor space, extensive energy recovery potential, ease of operation – these are the criteria currently applied by customers when making their purchasing decisions. In turn, the latter have a direct and favorable impact on climate-relevant emissions. Amongst other things, GEA’s business success depends on products and solutions that are more efficient than previous generations while alleviating ecological impacts in the process.

A capital goods manufacturer may only set itself apart from its peers and provide enhanced customer value by gaining technological leadership, which, in turn, requires innovation. In this respect, there is a connection between GEA’s innovative strength and the positive effect of its products, solutions and services when it comes to mitigating climate change.

A capital goods manufacturer may only set itself apart from its peers and provide enhanced customer value by gaining technological leadership, which, in turn, requires innovation. In this respect, there is a connection between GEA’s innovative strength and the positive effect of its products, solutions and services when it comes to mitigating climate change.

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Best practice: The world’s largest ammonia heat pump made by GEA

In November 2017, the world’s largest ammonia heat pump supplying a capacity of 40 megawatts for district heating was put into operation in Malmö, Sweden. GEA’s concept provides a solution that recovers the city’s waste water heat using it for heating 10,000 households while considerably reducing the ecological footprint of both the customer and the city. Thus, the renewable heating system devised by GEA lowers Malmö’s carbon dioxide emissions by 50,000 tons per year, which is equivalent to the emissions generated by around 10,000 motor vehicles. Using ammonia, GEA’s heat pump allows the city to save 20 tons of R134a, a gas that has traditionally been used in heat pumps and would have entailed a high GWP (global warming potential) equivalent to 26,000 tons of CO2.