November 20, 2023
Winner in the category “Climate Neutrality” for Climate Protection initiative
Munich, 20 November 2023 – Klüber Lubrication has won the European Responsible Care® Award presented annually by Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council. The market leader for specialty lubricants was recognised in the category “Climate Neutrality” for its project “Climate Protection by Solvent Replacement” and for its Climate Action Plan.
The laudators particularly emphasized the ambitious concept, the occupational safety narrative, the well-structured climate plan, the fact, and figures provided and the clear elaborated communication with the employees.
Thanks to new solvents in production, Klüber Lubrication has been able to significantly reduce its Scope 1 CO2eq emissions in recent years. The solvent-based share was still over 32,500 tonnes in 2019 but fell to 1,937 in 2022. This was also a major factor in enabling Klüber to over-achieve the company’s 2025 target of a 75 % reduction in CO2 emissions ahead of schedule in 2022 with a reduction of 76 %.
“We managed that through the close cooperation of Research and Development, Production and other departments”, explains Markus Hermann, sustainability manager of Klüber Lubrication. “By working together, a new substance was found in 2020 which not only delivers the required performance but also cleans more efficiently and protects our climate”. A kilogram of the solvent originally used in the production had a global warming potential of around 10,000 kilograms of CO2eq. With the new solvent, this impact was reduced to 55 kilograms of CO2eq.
Whereas Klüber had emitted 48,953 metric tons of CO2eq in 2019, this figure was only 11,717 metric tons in the course of 2022. The reduction of 37,236 tons of CO2eq is equivalent to the annual emissions of 8,000 average global citizens (at an estimated 4.7 tons per capita). Klüber thus avoided environmental damage in the range of 8.8 Mill. €/year, based on damage costs of €237 per ton CO2eq as formerly assessed by the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) for emissions caused in the year of 2022.
“In our cross-functional global sustainability team, our focus has been to reduce climate gas emissions as fast as possible”, say Markus Hermann. “Key success factors have been the exchange of solvents, also in our products, the switch to green electricity, energy audits, our long-term quest to increase energy efficiency - and our team spirit.” Hermann adds: “These significant reductions in our carbon footprint are small in comparison to the positive impact we create with our so-called ‘sustainability handprint’: We help our customers reduce their footprint in their production and products with our specialty lubricants and services, which lead to energy and CO2 savings, cost reductions, extended machine and component lifetimes, and numerous associated benefits. Klüber Lubrication has many exciting sustainability stories to share.”
Additional information on this year's Cefic Award can be found at https://cefic.org/media-corner/newsroom/26-initiatives-lead-the-eu-responsible-care-awards-in-the-transition-to-2050/.
Further details on Klüber Lubrication's climate targets and their implementation can be found in Klüber's sustainability report.
About Klüber Lubrication
Klüber Lubrication is one of the leading manufacturers of specialty lubricants, offering high-end tribological solutions to virtually all industries and markets worldwide. Most products are developed and made to specific customer requirements. During its over 90 years of existence, Klüber Lubrication has provided high-quality lubricants, thorough consultation and extensive services, which has earned it an excellent reputation in the market. The company holds all common industrial certifications and operates a testing section hardly rivalled in the lubricants industry.
Klüber Lubrication, set up as a retail company for mineral oil products in Munich in 1929, is today part of Freudenberg Chemical Specialities GmbH, a Business Unit of the Freudenberg Group, Weinheim. Klüber Lubrication has about 2,400 employees in more than 30 countries.
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About Freudenberg Chemical Specialities
Freudenberg Chemical Specialities develops, manufactures and markets chemical specialities. To be close to its customers, the company is represented globally in the market with its five Business Units, Klüber Lubrication, Chem-Trend, OKS, SurTec and Capol. Freudenberg Chemical Specialities is one of the leading global manufacturers of specialty lubricants, release agents, chemical solutions for surface technologies and chemotechnical maintenance products, as well as solutions for the treatment of confectionery and other foodstuffs. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, the Business Group operates its own companies in some 40 countries. Freudenberg Chemical Specialities employs about 4,000 people and generates sales of about € 1.5 billion. For more information, please visit:
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