Social, Environmental and Economic Key Data 2018

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Sustainable spinning processes thanks to Rieter technologies

Rieter has set itself the goal of providing its customers with products and system solutions that enable them to produce in a more environmentally friendly manner, whether this be by reduced use of raw materials or lower energy consumption.

  • Efficient use of raw material

  • Sustainable and efficient energy use

  • Digital intelligence to reduce inefficiencies

  • Environmental impact reduced across the entire production process of a spinning mill

  • Energy savings by upgrading Rieter machines to efficiency class IE3/IE4

  • Waste recycling by rotor spinning machine R 36

Sustainability successes in the Rieter Group in 2018

Number of occupational accidents massively reduced

The number of occupational accidents fell significantly in the year under review. The reduction of more than 50 percent compared to 2011 and more than 25 percent compared to 2017 shows that the measures taken by Rieter were correct and successful.

Rieter India supports social projects

As in previous years, Rieter India continued to support social projects in the vicinity of the Pune plant in the year under review.

Reduced greenhouse gas emissions and acidification compared to corporate output and lower water consumption

In the year under review, water consumption was again reduced by around 15 percent (around 48 000 m3). The levels of greenhouse gas emissions and acidification compared to corporate output were also substantially reduced.

Agreements on the reduction of CO2 emissions in Switzerland

Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG and Graf + Cie AG have signed an agreement with the Energy Agency of the Swiss Private Sector (EnAW) regarding CO2 emissions up to the year 2023. In the year under review, by investing in heat-insulating windows on various buildings, Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG achieved an annually recurring energy saving and around 19 t CO2-reduction.

Investment in solar system

In 2018, Rieter India invested in the construction of a solar system on the roof of the Wing production site. This goes into operation in mid-2019 and will supply the plant with renewable energy. This investment, which uses in-house produced solar power instead of 25 percent of purchased electricity, reduces CO2 emissions by 2 500 t annually.

Ambitious targets for 2020

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By 2018, Rieter had already achieved some of the set targets: at 0.11 MWh for energy consumption and 0.256 m3 for water consumption, these targets were exceeded while in the case of acidification at less than 0.012 kg the target was clearly achieved. Furthermore, at 0.051 kg greenhouse gas emissions narrowly missed the target value.

Energy consumption

At 122 953 MWh in 2018, overall energy consumption by Rieter worldwide fell compared to the previous year. For the first time, Schärer Schweiter Mettler’s (SSM) production sites are included in these figures for the entire reporting year. In relation to corporate output, energy consumption in 2018 fell to 0.1144 MWh/CHF 1 000. As a result, Rieter achieved its 2020 target in 2018.

Greenhouse gas emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions, reported in CO2 equivalents (t), comprise emissions generated directly by Rieter production plants. They arise either from fuel combustion (scope 1 emissions) or from electricity generation by power utilities in countries where Rieter operates (scope 2 emissions).

Absolute CO2 emissions fell slightly in 2018 compared to the previous year. In 2018, at 0.051 kg/CHF 1 000 the emissions relative to corporate output were already within the range of the targets set for 2020.

Acidification (SOx equivalents)

In 2018, compared to the previous year Rieter reduced absolute SOx emissions by just under 2 t to 10.12 t. Rieter reduced SOx emissions in relation to corporate output to 0.0094 kg/CHF 1 000 of sales. In 2018, therefore, Rieter already beat the 2020 target of 0.12 kg/CHF 1 000 CHF of sales.

Water consumption

Compared to 2017, Rieter reduced absolute water consumption in the reporting year by just under 48 000 m3 (or 15 percent), which also constitutes a significant decline in relation to corporate output. Here, too, the 2020 target has already been achieved.

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