Aiming for a smaller environmental footprint
Developing our environmental efficiency is a continuous process. 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.
The environmental impacts of our own operations consist of energy consumption, atmospheric emissions, water consumption and waste generation. These impacts are created through operational activities in our manufacturing sites, research centers, laboratories and service centers. We also have processes to follow and targets to reduce the indirect environmental impacts of the external activities such as procurement and logistics.
We have ambitious CO2 reduction targets
We aim for net zero in our own operations by 2030. This target is aligned with our science-based targets. Our solutions to reduce CO2 emissions include the extended use of renewable energy, environmental improvement actions in our production processes and facilities, and investments in own energy generation i.e. solar power systems and ground heat.
During 2021, we implemented nearly 90 eco-efficiency projects to reduce CO2 emissions and waste and increase energy and water efficiency. Around 100 new initiatives are already planned for the coming years. We have almost doubled the number of solar panels at our sites compared to the beginning of 2021. Our long-term goal is to switch heating systems from fossil fuels to electricity. In our foundries, we are working to find alternatives to natural gas and LPG. We are also exploring alternatives to buying biogas directly from the grid and obtaining green gas certificates
Planet Positive approach
The biggest environmental impacts of Metso’s solutions are generated during customer processes. Central to our sustainability efforts is our Planet Positive offering. These are products that are significantly more energy or water efficient than the market standard, and help our customers cut their CO2 emissions or achieve any of their other sustainability priorities such as reducing pollution. Read more from Planet Positive offering and innovations.