Environment

Minimizing the environmental load

We care about our environmental footprint throughout the product lifecycle. Our goal is to minimize the environmental impact from our own operations and to ensure the same from our suppliers and partners. Our ambition is to achieve zero harm for the environment.

Our goal is to minimize the environmental impact

We care about our environmental footprint throughout the product lifecycle.

Our commitment: 20%CO2 by 2025 in logistics, 25% CO2 by 2030 in production

In general, the energy and water usage as well as waste volumes and emissions are on a good level in our own operation. However, we are taking our environmental efficiency to the next level by setting our priorities also to non-production sites and by increasing opportunities within circular economy. Our ambition is to reach zero harm for the environment in everything we do. In 2020, Neles operations had zero environmental incidents.

Therefore, we have also defined sustainability targets for all our research and development (R&D) activities to provide our customers with environmental compliance, e.g. using sustainable materials and developing solutions for a decreased process waste.

Environmental targets

Developing our environmental efficiency is a continuous process. The goal of our environmental targets is to improve energy efficiency of our own operations and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent by 2030. Understanding how we manage, use and dispose of water, waste and wastewater globally is a basic premise.

In 2020, our carbon dioxide emissions in logistics decreased by 20%.

We have set unit-specifc targets to decrease the water usage of our own operations by 20 percent by 2030. Our target is to reduce the share of landfill waste from total waste by 30 percent by 2030. We also aim at zero environmental incidents. In 2020, our carbon dioxide emissions in logistics decreased by 20%. 

Sustainable use of resources underpins the long-term success of our business. A global operating environment brings opportunities and risks that we must recognize throughout our value chain. By increasing the eco-efficiency of our production, we are able to reduce our overall environmental footprint and achieve cost savings.

We develop our environmental performance through multiple actions and projects. We also organize a broad range of global activities internally to raise awareness and to train our personnel. 

Insights on sustainability

Sustainability blog posts and articles

Environmental investments in Jiaxing

In July 2020, Neles opened its new, state-of-the-art valve technology center in Jiaxing, China. The Jiaxing manufacturing operations use the latest technologies for efficient and environmentally-friendly mass production of high-volume standard valve products. The principle has been to ensure the most reliable and emission-free production processes.

For example, the liquid recycling system at Jiaxing allows 95% of the liquids used in machining or testing processes to be reused, thereby minimizing the formation of hazardous substances. Solar panels installed on the technology rooftop have produced 26% of the total energy consumption, exceeding the planned target output. 

Recycling wood waste in Vantaa

In 2020, our valve technology center in Vantaa, Finland achieved a 10% increase in its wood waste recycling resulting in hundreds of tons of wood waste being recycled. Wood waste can be reused as a raw material for particleboards. The carbon in the waste wood is sequestered in the final product instead of being released into the atmosphere, as is the case when burning the wood. The CO2 difference in favor of particleboard production is significant, i.e. more than 1,300 kg CO2e per ton of recycled wood chips. In addition, particleboard can still be recycled at the end of its life cycle or used as fuel.

Cooperation with GlobeHope’s Zero Waste

Did you know that by reusing and recycling old Metso workwear, we were able to save 7.462 kg CO2 emissions, corresponding 53,300,000 kilometers of driving? With help of our partner GlobeHope’s Zero Waste service concept, 50% of old workwear was reused after the removal of the Metso logos. 46% of the old workwear ended up in waste-water treatment use. T-shirts made of 100% cotton were torn into industrial wipes. 3% of the workwear was used for waste-to-energy. This way, the old workwear was exploited effectively and in an environmentally friendly way. 

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