GEA’s products and services support the customers in making their business processes more efficient and environmentally compatible. Apart from that, GEA also makes sure to mitigate adverse environmental impacts when it comes to its own business activities.
Specific targets and programs are individually defined by the respective sites in line with GEA’s overarching QHSE Policy and global QHSE targets. For this purpose, GEA has also defined five simple environmental core rules (“core rules”) that are explained in a practical manner and accompanied by implementation guidelines:
Reducing our global CO2 emissions, increasing our recycling rate and minimizing water consumption are high on our agenda today and in the future. To show how important this is for GEA, appropriate targets have been included this year in the remuneration system of the Executive Board.– Stefan Klebert, CEO, GEA
GEA regularly provides information about the risks and opportunities that arise from climate change and as a result of climate protection measures.
GEA began recording water consumption and waste generation levels worldwide in the third quarter of 2017. This is GEA’s first group-wide reporting system for covering this topic which helps it to reinforce the conservation of resources.
> 2.95% less CO2 emitted in 2019 (location-based)
> 8,04% less CO2 emitted in 2019 (market-based)
> 58,40 m³ water / 1 Mio Sales, - 4,22% versus ´18
> 2,79 t waste / 1 Mio Sales, - 7% versus ´18
Responsibility for the environment is of key importance, not only with regard to GEA’s products and services, but along the entire supply chain. The trust required for retaining long-term business relationships is only ensured by adhering to fundamental environmental protection standards along the entire supply and value chain, which is why compliance in this field is given highest priority. As an engineering group with a high level of materials expertise, GEA globally purchases raw materials, goods and services solely from qualified suppliers to ensure the long-term success of its customers by providing innovative product and service solutions.
The registration process for suppliers requires that the latter commit to the company’s dedicated “Code of Conduct for Suppliers and Subcontractors.” This set of rules specifies the commitment to engage in environmentally compatible business practices and renounce the use of conflict materials.
Key suppliers are visited on an annual basis and also subjected to regular environmental assessments. In the year under review, the company conducted 426 supplier screenings GEA performs these evaluations by visiting subcontractors, conducting audits or requesting the voluntary disclosure of information; these activities have been undertaken by the country organizations and, until recently, the two Business Areas (as of 2020: Divisions) alike.