"Lixil goes ZERO" COMMITMENT TO CO2-NEUTRAL(1) PRODUCTION
It´s in the news every day: Temperatures are constantly increasing; sea levels are rising and glaciers are melting. Needless to say, these developments have a major impact on our lives. Since CO2 emissions are one of the main drivers for climate change, LIXIL’s international fittings plants have now committed to produce CO2-neutral(2). LIXIL's brand GROHE is a case in point: the leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings is one of the first in its industry to rely on CO2-neutral production.
Since October 2020 all eight LIXIL fittings plants are now CO2-neutral(3). The plants in China, Vietnam and Mexico joined the other fittings plants in Hemer, Lahr, Porta Westfalica (all Germany), Albergaria (Portugal) and Klaeng (Thailand) which already achieved CO2-neutral(4) production in April 2020. All production sites and the logistics centres for the GROHE brand in Germany have already been operated with green electricity since July 2019. The sanitary manufacturer will offset so far unavoidable CO2 emissions through two compensation projects: a hydroelectric power station in India and a borehole maintenance project in Malawi. Both are based on extremely stringent criteria, such as the Gold Standard, developed under the aegis of the WWF: Here, in addition, activities also contribute to sustainable, ecological and social development in the project environment.
This milestone is the logical outcome of the most recent sustainability efforts pursued across the Fittings plants network to conserve resources. Right from the product development stage in this segment, the aim is to develop intelligent and sustainable solutions that save water and avoid waste without compromising on quality and performance. Plus, all Fittings plants are constantly enhancing the sustainability of the manufacturing processes with material-saving technologies. A good example for this is the 3D metal printing of the GROHE brand in Hemer as well as the block heat and power plants at the production sites in Hemer and Lahr. The plant in Klaeng in Thailand, was also awarded a silver certificate by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). After the expansion of the factory building in 2017, it´s now one of the most sustainable production plants of its kind in Southeast Asia.
HYDROPOWER FOR CLEAN ENERGY
Himachal Pradesh India
The project is located on the Satluj River between Karcham and Wangtoo in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. As a hydropower plant, the project uses the river’s natural flow to generate energy. Importantly, there is no reservoir in which the water is temporarily stored, and so the potential negative environmental impacts of water storage are avoided. In the underground turbine house, four Francis turbines are driven by the power of the river water before the water is returned to the river bed below. All the power generated by the power plant is fed into the North Indian transmission grid and replaces conventionally generated electricity, which mainly comes from coal-fired power plants.
RESTORING BOREHOLES FOR CLEAN WATER SUPPLY
Dowa & Kasungu Malawi
In the project’s districts of Dowa and Kasungu in Malawi, around half of the population lives without access to clean drinking water. Part of the problem is that around one third of the existing boreholes can’t be used, due to wear and tear. Repairing damaged boreholes improves living conditions for the people who live there. In addition, the project also makes it possible to set up financing mechanisms to ensure the boreholes are maintained in the long-term by the villagers, thereby guaranteeing that they will be in a usable state for years to come. Most boreholes are operated by a hand pump. The pumped water is clean and can be consumed without additional treatment. This also reduces carbon emissions, since water would otherwise be purified using fuel to boil it.