We continuously strive to develop processes that use less material, cut energy consumption and reduce waste.
Our concern for the environment is applied in 3 domains:
Our ambition is to develop eco-friendlier production processes for our plants worldwide. We do this by implementing worldwide initiatives that aim to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions and by installing energy-efficient infrastructure in all our new plants.
Countries where Bekaert sources 100% of the electricity needs from renewable energy sources:
Prevention and risk management play an important role in Bekaert’s environmental policy. This includes measures against soil and ground water contamination, responsible use of water and worldwide ISO 14001 certification. (GRI 102-11)
At Bekaert we develop products that contribute to a cleaner environment. Ecology is an aspect that is already considered during the R&D phase of new products. In many cases, it is even a driving factor in product development.
Bekaert’s super-tensile and ultra-tensile steel cord ranges for tire reinforcement are examples of this. These steel cords allow tire makers to produce tires with a lower weight, thinner plies, and lower rolling resistance. This revolution enables a 15% reduction in total tire weight, thereby reducing the CO2 emissions of a vehicle by 250kg, which is equivalent to a global reduction of 850 million kg of CO2 per year. (GRI 305-5 scope 3)
The Belgian Punch Powertrain Solar Team won the famous Latin American Carrera Solar Atacama race in Chile.
The steering system of their solar car, built by a team of KU Leuven University students, has an advanced cord from Bridon Bekaert Ropes Group inside.
The solar car race is considered the most extreme of its kind, both in terms of the race itself and the weather conditions. In total, 2 577 km were covered from the capital Santiago to Arica - in the north of the country. The route took in summits in the Andes some 3 430 meters above sea level, and the Atacama Desert. The skillful navigation of the solar car was one of the critical elements in this successful race and was made possible by the advanced cord in the steering module.
Total energy consumption = 5 279 GWh
Energy Intensity Ratio: (GRI 302-3)
Methodology used: the energy data are monitored in a central database.
37% of the electricity needs came from renewable energy sources in 2018.
Bekaert has set targets to increase the share of renewable energy for the medium term (2020) and longer term (2025).
Bekaert wants to increase the share of renewable energy to 40% (2020) and 55% (2025) respectively.
The CO2 footprint has been calculated based on the country specific KWh to CO2 conversion factors per individual country as listed in the 2016-2017-2018 “International Energy Agency” CO2 conversion standards.
GHG emissions from purchased electricity and other types of energy (GRI 305-2)
Scope 2 emissions:
GHG Intensity Ratio: (GRI 305-4)
Taking into account the efforts we are making and targets we are setting to increase the share of energy from renewable sources, our GHG emissions will reduce with 7% in 2020 and 25% in 2025 versus reference year 2015 (see targets and glossary)
These targets are subject to the evaluation of the outcome of external expertise studies and subject to the pace of phased investments.
Water withdrawal (GRI 303-3)
Total water withdrawal is 10 276 megaliter (ML) of which 6 055 ML from areas with water stress (2).
Freshwater withdrawal by source:
We are looking into possibilities to report the withdrawal source of our third-party purchased water.
Water discharge (GRI 303-4 + GRI 303-2)
Total water discharge is 3 838 ML of which 1 698 ML to areas with water stress.
Water discharge by destination:
Water discharge to freshwater destinations is 211 ML of which 201 ML to areas with water stress.
Water discharge to other water destinations is 3 626 ML of which 1 498 ML to areas with water stress.
Water discharge with tertiary treatment is 3 838 ML of which 1 698 ML to areas with water stress.
Our water discharge was filtered at our own premises.
Total water consumption is 6 439 ML of which 4 356 ML from areas with water stress.
(1) Data provided by the respective plants
(2) Water stress in areas with water stress, the ratio of total annual water withdrawal to total available annual renewable water supply is high (40-80%) or extremely high (>80%)