Rieter aims to replace fossil fuels with renewable energies across all company sites by 2030. The company is expanding access to solar power and replacing heating and ventilation systems with energy-efficient and environmentally friendly ones. As an interim goal, Rieter will no longer use electricity produced from coal or carbonaceous products worldwide by 2025.
Access to renewables
Rieter is steadily expanding its access to renewable energy, which started with the installation of solar panels covering 27 000 m2 at its Wing site (India) in 2019. Rieter today operates a total of 10 photovoltaic systems with a total annual capacity of 7 500 MWh in China, the Czech Republic, India and Switzerland.
Just as energy efficiency is a hallmark of Rieter’s spinning systems, it is also a top priority for the company’s manufacturing sites and office space. The Group is replacing heating and ventilation equipment with energy-efficient and environmentally friendly ones. Systems for heat recovery from heat generated during production play an increasingly important role in this context. At the company’s Suessen (Germany) site, four heat recovery systems with an integrated system for mist collection are in operation.
More and more Rieter employees can now charge their electric vehicles at work. At the Winterthur location, ten charging stations have been in operation since 2019. In 2021, additional charging stations were added at eight sites in Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland. More stations are planned.
Foundations for the future
Nowhere is the company’s commitment to sustainability more visible than in its flagship project Rieter CAMPUS now under construction in Winterthur. Renewable energies are part and parcel of the project and include heat generation via geothermal probes as well as photovoltaic system (PVS) on its 1 300 m2 roof area. The PVS will provide about 200 MWh of solar power annually, covering 5% of the demand at the location. The move into the new building is planned for 2024.