More brainpower. Less environmental impact. This, in a nutshell, expresses Schindler's commitment to continuously improving the environmental impact of its products and processes.
Schindler has been collecting company-relevant site-ecological performance indicators since 2004. Fuel and steel consumption have shown to be of the highest site-ecological relevance. It is therefore not surprising that they are also among the highest cost drivers. Their reduction means a reduction of the environmental impact as well as cost savings.
It is striking that the processes in connection with the vehicle fleet (petroleum exploitation, petroleum refinery, production, operation and disposal of vehicles, road infrastructure, etc.) show the highest value in the energy and GHG footprint, in direct energy consumption and in direct CO2 emissions.
These high values can be primarily explained by the large number of vehicles and their intense use for the maintenance of installed Schindler products. Schindler maintains a fleet of around 20,000 vehicles worldwide representing the major environmental impact from a site ecological perspective. Since fuel consumption by this vehicle fleet can be influenced during the operational phase of a Schindler elevator, this aspect was examined in more detail.
The environmental performance indicators were selected for their ecological and economic relevancy and are based on the «Sustainability Reporting Guidelines» of the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative).
Schindler measures the environmental footprint of its production facilities in order to monitor the reduction of energy and waste, and it sets targets to improve their footprint and adheres to the ISO 14001 standard. By 2012, Schindler had obtained ISO 14001 certification for 70% of its production sites worldwide.
In 2000, Schindler introduced an environmental management system for the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) division, formerly called "Technology and Strategic Supply Management (TS)". This area, ISO 14001 certified, comprises Corporate Research and Development as well as Strategic Corporate Purchasing. Since then, further areas and sites were ISO 14001 certified.