Joint management approach to quality, health protection, industrial safety and the environment

GEA’s Executive Board committed to a clear policy regarding quality, health, industrial safety and the environment by adopting the “Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) Policy”: GEA conducts all business in accordance with the values and ethical principles enshrined in the Global Business Conduct Policy as well as the Codes of Conduct that define the basic principles of social responsibility. In essence, the “QHSE Policy” embraces the following points:

  • Identification, analysis and efficient management of all quality, health, safety and environmental risks that occur within the framework of business activities
  • Creation of an accident- and incident-free workspace for preventing occupational diseases
  • Environmental protection and reduction in energy consumption, waste and emissions
  • Provision and maintenance of adequate technologies, tools and processes supporting the achievement of the set goals
  • Integration of QHSE into the company’s business strategy and day-to-day processes 

GEA communicates these corporate standards to all individuals acting for or on behalf of the company while actively integrating them into the implementation of this policy. The latter is displayed at all sites and made publicly available on the corporate website at gea.com.

In 2017, GEA defined tangible targets for the very first time which are updated on a yearly basis.


GEA took part in the 2017 survey conducted within the framework of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). CDP is an independent, not-for-profit organization that currently represents more than 800 institutional investors. Each year, it gathers information on the specific greenhouse gas emissions of major listed corporations and their strategies to combat climate change. The results are then made available to current and potential investors. In this survey, GEA also regularly provides information on the risks and opportunities related to climate change, as well as its action taken in the field of climate protection. 

For the first time, GEA presents timely data from the year under review that was audited by KPMG in accordance with ISAE 3000. Data for 2015 and 2016 were adjusted in 2017. For further information on the method of calculating 2017 CO2 emissions please read here.

All over the world, the key figures for energy consumption are collected via a standardized system and reported as follows:

  • Scope 1 – Direct Greenhouse Gas Emissions: GEA includes emissions from fuel oils, various gases, coal as well as diesel and gasoline.
  • Scope 2 – Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions: GEA reports emissions from electricity, heat, steam and cooling.
  • Scope 3 – Other Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Currently, this category merely includes reporting on business travel.
Direct Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Scope 1), in tons of CO2 equivalent 2017¹  2016 2015
GEA’s total 33,332 39,348 40,318
Business Area Equipment 24,688 24,321 25,001
Business Area Solutions 7,988² 14,341 14,703
Global Corporate Center & Shared Service Center 656 686 614

¹) Audited by KPMG
²) Due to changes in classification and computation, the reference base of reporting sites was adjusted in 2017. 

Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Scope 2), in tons of CO2 equivalent 2017¹  2016 2015
Business Area Equipment 28,280 28,885 30,278
Business Area Solutions 9,971 10,871 11,794
Global Corporate Center & Shared Service Center 260 315 285
GEA’s total 38,511 40,071 42,357

¹) Audited by KPMG

Other Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Scope 3), in tons of CO2 equivalent 2017¹  2016 2015²
GEA’s total 15,958 19,167 19,558

¹) Audited by KPMG
²) The 2015 key figure was recalculated with retroactive effect

Total – Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Scope 1, 2, 3), in tons of CO2 equivalent 2017¹  2016 2015
GEA’s total 87,801 98,586 102,233

¹) Audited by KPMG

GEA was able to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in particular through its own energy efficiency optimization initiatives focused on lowering the consumption of fossil fuels.

A worldwide survey has revealed that as many as 22 of the company’s production sites are seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while engaging in 53 local projects

Water and waste

In the third quarter of 2017, GEA started recording water consumption and waste generation levels worldwide to set up its very first group-wide reporting system covering these topics. Besides, more extensive environmental reporting is also requested by customers and investors. 

A group-wide survey has revealed that there are twelve local projects aimed at reducing freshwater consumption.