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Daily press, 2020-12-08, 09:00 AM

thyssenkrupp Elevator recognized as global leader in climate protection by CDP

  • Global non-profit organization CDP names thyssenkrupp Elevator on their Climate A List for 2020
  • thyssenkrupp Elevator commits to constantly improving environmental transparency and performance
  • Elevator systems improve buildings’ efficiency by significantly reducing their carbon footprint

thyssenkrupp Elevator has been recognized for leadership in corporate sustainability by global environmental non-profit CDP. The organization placed thyssenkrupp Elevator on its prestigious ‘A List’ for tackling climate change. Therewith, the company was recognized for its actions to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy. That makes thyssenkrupp Elevator one of a small number of high-performing companies out of in total 9,600 that were scored by CDP in 2020. As the organization stressed, thyssenkrupp Elevator is leading on corporate environmental ambition, action and transparency worldwide through significant demonstrable action on climate.

“We are proud to achieve the prestigious placement on CDP’s ‘A List’. At thyssenkrupp Elevator, sustainability means investing in the environmental friendly production of innovative mobility solutions that tackle the challenges of urbanization. That comprises an even more intelligent and reduced use of materials as well as sustainable products, and reduced energy consumption in all products and services”, comments Peter Walker, CEO of thyssenkrupp Elevator. “At thyssenkrupp Elevator, our commitment to reducing the environmental footprint of our products, processes and operations is embedded in our culture and mindset.”

“In particular, we have committed to fewer CO2 emissions, increased energy efficiency and work hard towards improved waste management”, says Dr. Paula Casares, Head of Sustainability at thyssenkrupp Elevator. “Specifically, by 2030, we are targeting a carbon footprint reduction of 25%, and by 2040, we are aiming to reduce our GHG emissions by 50%, based on our current carbon-footprint for Scope 1 and 2 emissions.”

CDP’s annual environmental disclosure and scoring process is widely recognized as the gold standard of corporate environmental transparency. In 2020, over 9,600 companies have disclosed data on environmental impacts, risks and opportunities through CDP’s platform – the highest ever.

According to expert estimation, global energy demand will increase by 20% to 35% over the next 15 years. Cities, where buildings are the biggest energy consumers, will account for two-thirds of this increase. Through developing innovative technologies, thyssenkrupp Elevator supports driving down this consumption continuously – with elevator systems that improve buildings’ energy efficiency as well as through new technologies capable of reducing energy consumption by up to 27%. Not least, elevators can also drive a building’s energy self-sufficiency as in the One World Trade Center in New York City. Here, thyssenkrupp Elevator’s regenerative drives supply enough energy for the building’s entire lighting system.

Already in 2018, the company’s innovative ropeless MULTI elevator system had been awarded by the Alliance to Save Energy with the Star of Energy Efficiency Award in the Built Environment category. In addition, thyssenkrupp Elevator was awarded with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certificate for its facilities in the US and China. Last summer, the company also announced it would pursue the LEED V4 certification for its new elevator test tower currently being built in Atlanta, Georgia.

In Pune, India, the thyssenkrupp Elevator facility set up a solar power unit. This will help reduce the factory's carbon emissions by 55% and additionally, more than 40% of the total energy consumption will be supplied by the solar power unit. This initiative also reaffirms thyssenkrupp Elevator's position in cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2040.

Not least, thyssenkrupp Elevator pursues a pronounced “green fleet strategy” regarding individual mobility in urban traffic. That comprises the adoption of greener. i.e. electric and hybrid vehicles as well as a reduction in distances traveled. This strategy is part of the company’s overarching environmental strategy. In practice, this means that the company is working towards transitioning to more efficient vehicles, including electric and hybrid solutions to reduce the carbon impact of its vehicle fleets around the world – from Spain to North America, where the company plans to replace about 600 gasoline vans with approximately 460 hybrid vans and 140 electric vans over the next ten years. Similar measures are planned for other countries.

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With customers in over 100 countries served by more than 50,000 employees, thyssenkrupp Elevator achieved sales of around €8 billion in the fiscal year 2018/2019. Over 1,000 locations around the world provide an extensive network that guarantees closeness to customers. After building its position as one of the world’s leading elevator companies in a mere 40 years’ time, thyssenkrupp Elevator became an independent company in August 2020. The company’s most important business line is its service business, with approximately 1.4 million units under maintenance and over 24,000 service technicians globally. The product portfolio covers commodity elevators for residential and commercial buildings to cutting-edge, highly customized solutions for state-of-the-art skyscrapers – such as One World Trade Center in New York. In addition, it also consists of escalators and moving walks, passenger boarding bridges, stair and platform lifts, as well as tailored service solutions such as MAX, the industry’s first cloud-based digitally enhanced maintenance solution – thus covering a broad spectrum of urban mobility.