In its climate strategy adopted in 2020, Krones set itself the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused in the company by its own vehicle fleet or production plants, for example, by 80 per cent by 2030. In addition, the group aims to cut emissions attributable to the upstream and downstream value chain by 25 per cent.
This climate strategy was validated by the independent Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) in 2020 in order to verify the effectiveness of the measures taken. The SBTi confirmed that it will make a contribution towards limiting global warming caused by the greenhouse effect to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Krones is now taking a further step forward. “In mid-October, we entered into a commitment with the Science Based Targets initiative to setting a net zero emission target within the next few months and having it validated by the SBTi. This target is to be reached by 2050 at the latest and complements the 2030 emission targets we’ve already specified. We’re now busy developing a science-based net zero target,” explains Martina Birk, Head of Sustainability.
Independent organisations confirm Krones’ course of climate action
Independent organisations and publications have already given recognition to Krones’ targets and progress in the fields of climate protection and sustainability. The “For Our Planet” sustainability platform and the Focus news magazine used scientific methods and a comprehensive questionnaire to examine the sustainability targets of German companies. Krones is one out of only eleven enterprises in the “Plant and Machinery Manufacturers” category which have won the Top Climate Commitment Award.
And Krones won the 2022 Industry Excellence Award in the field of sustainability at the Gulfood Manufacturing, the biggest trade fair for food and beverage processing in the Middle East, Africa and South-East Asia region. This award honours companies for their innovative vigour and outstanding contributions to the sector, and for helping their customers pave the way for a sustainable future.
“The independent analyses and accolades confirm our sustainability targets and our future-driven corporate strategy,” says Martina Birk. “The overriding goal driving innovation in all our new developments and design enhancements is not only digitalisation but also the requirement for sustainability, which we have systematically integrated into our entire portfolio – including the fields of process technology, filling and packaging technology, and intralogistics.”
Caption: Chief Sales Officer Thomas Ricker and Amir Ahmed, Krones Middle East Northern Africa, seen accepting the 2022 Industry Excellence Award in the sustainability category at the Gulfood Manufacturing.