Consistent, unwavering, meticulous work – rather than big goals – paves the way for reducing CO2 emissions from manufacturing. Nowhere is this more evident than during a visit to the facility in Oberwihl, where Freudenberg Sealing Technologies produces more than one billion seals each year – with an ever-improving carbon footprint.
This story would not exist, if the only thing that mattered was the “here and now”. Even before the start of the factory tour, Hans Bruno Hänle explains the dilemma facing every manufacturing facility on the path toward climate neutrality. As commercial manager of the division that produces more than one billion seals each year in the southern part of Germany’s Black Forest, he keeps a close watch on all the figures. “When we apply traditional financial KPIs, investments in climate protection measures are often not profitable,” he says. “But if we adopt a long-term perspective, we have to consider other developments, including the rise in fossil fuel prices, for instance.” For a growing number of customers, a supplier’s carbon footprint is an increasingly important procurement criterion. Oberwihl is setting new standards among Freudenberg’s German facilities, when it comes to the journey to climate neutrality, both in ecological as well as in economic terms.