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The newly named Thermal & Tubular business unit is actively shaping the transformation from products for combustion engines to products for electric vehicles.

Benteler Group pushes sustainable mobility

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Autor: PERIMETRIK® Bonn/Darmstadt

Datum: 19. Jul. 2023

The Benteler Group systematically focuses on sustainability in production and products: For example, the international metal process specialist significantly reduced its CO₂ emissions (Scope 1-3) in 2022 compared to the pre-Covid base year 2019. The same applies to the company’s water withdrawal in areas with water stress as well as to the general amount of waste.

In addition, Benteler supports its customers in achieving their own climate goals – with innovative products such as battery cooling plates as well as lightweight components that make mobility more sustainable. The “Green Tubes” initiative of the Steel/Tube Division is another example of how Benteler systematically reduces the carbon footprint of production and products. The Group already offers CO₂-reduced tubes through its own green steel production at the Lingen electric steel plant. This and further progress is presented in the company’s Sustainability Report 2022 published today.

“We support our customers with our products in achieving their ambitious CO₂ targets. It is our ambition to continue to make the transformation of our industry environmentally, socially and economically just. Therefore, we have significantly intensified our sustainability commitment in recent years. Our latest report proves it: This focus is working! We have also become much more sustainable in our own production,” says Ralf Göttel, CEO of the Benteler Group.

Validation of the Science Based Target Initiative

The fact that the Benteler Group is on the right track with its strategy is made clear by the recent validation of the short-term emissions reduction target by the renowned Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi): Benteler is committed to reducing absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for Scope 1 and 2 by 50 % by 2030, starting from a base year of 2019. In addition, the Benteler Group is pursuing the ambitious goal of reducing Scope 3 GHG emissions by 30 % by 2030 compared to 2019. To this end, the Group has launched various initiatives, including agreements on the procurement of green aluminum and green steel. Preparations have also been made, for example, for the long-term procurement of green electricity, a stand-alone budget for energy efficiency projects has been implemented, and resources for fossil fuel substitution have been strengthened.

Benteler is also pursuing ambitious long-term goals to further reduce emissions: For example, the company aims to be climate-neutral in its own production by 2040.

Product portfolio for low-emission mobility

One focus of the Benteler Group is on products for low-emission mobility. Here the metal process specialist benefits from its many years of experience with metal as a material.

“We use our materials expertise to think things in a new way. Two current examples of this pioneering spirit are our newly named ‘Thermal & Tubular’ business unit, which is actively shaping the transformation from products for internal combustion engines to products for e-vehicles – for example using battery cooling plates to improve the service life and performance of batteries. And our subsidiary HOLON, founded in 2022, which sets a standard for sustainable mobility with its fully electric, autonomous and inclusive mover,” explains Ralf Göttel.

The Benteler Group’s successes in the area of sustainability are being rewarded: Last year, for example, Benteler Steel/Tube received the silver medal from EcoVadis, one of the world’s largest providers of sustainability ratings. This puts the division among the top 25 % of companies in its sector. Benteler Automotive also achieved the silver medal from EcoVadis for the first time this year. In the Carbon Disclosure Project rating, the division also achieved its best result to date with a “B” 2022.

Social commitment in view

In addition to ecological aspects, Benteler is committed to the well-being of its employees and the communities in which the company operates. For example, the company continuously improves workplace safety and promotes inclusion and diversity – people from 99 nations work at its more than 80 sites in 26 countries. The Benteler Group also supports social projects. Last year, the company supported victims of the war in Ukraine through a groupwide donation initiative in cooperation with UN Refugee Aid. Employees from around the world also took part in “World Clean-Up Day”. As part of the “Benteler’s Volunteers” program, employees in North and South America volunteered to help people in need, for example by collecting blankets, clothing or toys.

“I would like to thank all employees and partners who give their best every day to achieve our common sustainability goals. We look with pride at our progress in the reporting year. And at the same time we are aware that these are only milestones. Our sustainability report is intended to give readers a comprehensive insight into Benteler’s sustainability efforts. Together we can bring about positive change,” says Ralf Göttel.