for a cleaner world is one of Bekaert’s ambitions: we continuously strive to use fewer materials, bring down our energy consumption and reduce waste.
Bekaert’s concern for the environment is three-fold:
On the one hand, we develop new, eco-friendlier production processes for our plants worldwide. In 2015 Bekaert implemented a LED program, replacing all traditional lighting by LED lights in production areas worldwide. This resulted in annual energy reduction savings of 50% (energy used for lighting). The program will be continued and completed in 2017.
In 2016 excluding China, 25% of the electricity needs came from renewable energy sources. Including China (where power from renewable sources is scarce) 15% was from renewable sources. The success rate in sourcing from renewable energy sources largely depends on the availability of these sources and of data thereon.
Secondly, prevention and risk management play an important role in Bekaert's environmental policy. Bekaert has a global procedure to ensure precautionary measures against soil and ground water contamination (ProSoil).
Responsible use of water is also an ongoing priority. Bekaert is implementing programs that aim to reduce water usage in the long term.
95% of our consolidated plants worldwide are ISO 14001 certified.Bekaert also has a group-wide certification for ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. Bekaert’s full worldwide certification remains an ongoing goal and an element in the integration process of newly acquired entities and of the companies that are added to the consolidation perimeter.
Thirdly, Bekaert also develops products that contribute to a cleaner environment. Ecology is an aspect that is already considered during the R&D phase of new products. In many cases, it is even a driving factor in product development. To name a few, we manufacture super and ultra-tensile steel cord that answers the need for light-weight materials in cars, recycable steel cord structures for non-structural road renovations, stainless steel wedge wires used for oil and water filtration, cable armoring solutions for green power transmission, sawing wire used in the photovoltaic industry to cut polysilicon ingots into wafers (for the production of solcar cells) and substitutes for solvent-based coatings.