Reducing our carbon footprint

We take on responsibility for a sustainable future

CO2 and Energy Efficiency

The construction of buildings accounts for more than 10 percent of global CO2 emissions. We help our customers reduce their footprint. But we also make our own substantial contributions.

With our CO2 Strategy, we are setting ourselves ambitious targets as regards proactive energy management, taking on the global responsibility for a sustainable future.

Our strategy is described in more detail in the following.

CO2 intensity reduction TARGET FOR HILTI

CO2 intensity reduction target for HILTI

We aim to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% per employee between 2016 and 2030. Our KPI for CO2 emissions is based on the number of employees because this is a stable measure that we can control. By contrast, a revenue-based KPI would be less stable as Hilti makes the vast majority of its revenue in different currencies with very volatile exchange rates.

Structural changes in CO2 reporting [PDF]

Key areas of action

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency management at production plants based on defined targets with the focus on production equipment and infrastructure.

E-mobility

E-mobility

Increased use of electric vehicles by 2030 and step by step implementation based on local infrastructure and car type availability.

Green energy

Green energy

Purchasing green electricity where possible – predominantly in central Europe.

How we work

  • Our targets, within 3-year planning periods
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    Our targets, within 3-year planning periods, are based on organization-specific Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) aspects and overarching corporate goals.

  • Our targets are systematically broken down to projects
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    Our targets are systematically broken down to projects and initiatives, and are measurable.

  • We implement our defined measures in cross-organizational teams
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    We implement our defined measures in cross-organizational teams and ensure regular experience exchanges between experts.

  • We regularly report on our progress
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    We regularly report on our progress – both internally and externally.

  • We regularly conduct internal and external audits
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    We regularly conduct internal and external audits for environmental and energy management.

Results of energy saving efforts

  • Electric cars in Sweden
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    Electric cars in Sweden: a case study

    We are at the beginning of our journey to incorporate electric cars into our car fleet. A start has been made on this in Sweden, where management cars have been replaced by hybrid or electric cars. At the same time, Hilti provides charging stations at its office locations. The Swedish market organization is strongly committed to moving over its whole car fleet to green modes of transport by 2030.

  • Combined heat and power in production plants
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    Combined heat and power in production plants

    Wherever possible, Hilti looks into alternative energy provision with the best environmental footprint. This saw us install a combined heat and power plant at our Nersingen /Germany site, where we use both the electricity and heat generated from the gas-powered unit, meaning that we have a lower primary energy demand and save about 125 tons of CO2 annually.

  • Heating sourced from the local biomass heating plant
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    Heating sourced from the local biomass heating plant

    In addition to the use of production and infrastructure excess heat, the Kaufering site obtains its heat from the community of Kaufering: It is a power plant that generates the majority of its energy from wood chips. Hilti currently receives about 30% of the total heat generated. Compared to the usage of gas we save about 90% of the CO2 emissions for heating at this location.

  • New production equipment
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    New production equipment

    In all our locations, we are sourcing new machinery with the aim of installing much more energy-efficient equipment than the previous machinery. One example of this is a milling machine in our Kecskemét / Hungary plant, where we invested about 15% more in a machine that uses 7% less energy than a comparable alternative.

Our key initiatives relating to health, safety and the environment

Technology and products

Technology and products

Designed with productivity, safety and the environment in mind

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Services

Services

Increasing user health, safety and productivity

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Occupational health and safety

Occupational Health and Safety

Learn more about Hilti as a responsible institution with regard to its employees

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Environment

Environment

Learn more about Hilti as a responsible institution with regard to the environment

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