The blog series is launched by SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production. It is committed to a responsible use of resources and thus a more sustainable lifestyle. PALFINGER supports this goal with two material sustainability topics.
SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have the goal of counteracting the most important problems of our time, promoting human well-being as well as protecting the environment. PALFINGER aims to contribute to sustainable development and this includes supporting and involving the SDGs in our business activities. Read the more detailed blog article on the Sustainable Development Goals and how PALFINGER defined its contribution
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This blog article is about SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production. This goal has the following task:
“Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns”
Our world population will continue to grow in the coming decades. Demand for the already scarce natural resources will increase accordingly. To illustrate this: should the world population reach 9.6 billion by 2050, we would require 3 planets to provide the resources needed to maintain the current lifestyle (see also: Earth Overshoot Day). If today’s consumption and production patterns do not change, the environment will suffer irreversible damage. It is therefore essential to decouple economic growth from the use of natural resources in order to develop sustainably.
As a consumer, one can contribute to the SDG 12 by thinking more about one’s buying behavior, by choosing a sustainable option and by reducing waste. As a company, new solutions can be created that enable sustainable consumption and production patterns as well as encourage individuals to make their consumption patterns more sustainable.
You can find out more about this development goal on the following website: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-consumption-production/
PALFINGER’s contribution to SDG 12
PALFINGER assumes responsibility by using raw materials efficiently. The reduction of energy consumption as well as of hazardous waste is promoted along the entire value creation chain.
With our safe, efficient, low-noise products that have a low consumption of operating materials, we provide lifting solutions that correspond to the state of the art in research and the demand in the market. Our product lifecycle approaches take into account application and production patterns, ranging from the supplier to the end customer.
We address the SDGs with four sustainability areas: Responsible employer, Eco-efficiency in production, Sustainable products and Fair business. SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production is served by the areas ‘Eco-efficiency in production’ and ‘Sustainable products’. PALFINGER can make a direct contribution with two material sustainability topics:
Raw material demand and efficiency
In production, PALFINGER uses raw materials such as steel, aluminium and glass fibre efficiently.
For PALFINGER, the efficient use of raw materials is important from both the ecological and the economic perspective. On the one hand, raw materials account for approximately 10 per cent of total costs and on the other hand, the upstream generation of raw materials and materials causes considerable environmental costs. Processing the raw materials into steel and aluminium also involves a high energy intensity and causes considerable climate-relevant emissions.
Therefore, the efficient use of material is important from both points of view, the economic as well as the ecological. We make every effort to continuously optimize waste cuttings and rejects in order to reduce the amount of steel and aluminium scrap.
PALFINGER products are distinguished by their reduced weight and their lower need for energy and operating materials over the entire product lifecycle. The products are of top quality, reliable, durable and low in maintenance.
Research, development and innovation also increase the sustainability of PALFINGER’s business model. Attention is paid not only to the economic advantages for customers and users; ecological and social aspects are important factors as well. As a result, we develop top-quality, reliable solutions that also guarantee a high level of safety for the user.
Continuously lowering service costs while at the same time extending the longevity of products is one of the highest priorities. Innovation is encouraged primarily in the areas of energy efficiency during product use, alternative drives, reduction of operating supplies, and product lifecycle assessment.
A concrete measure that is planned:
- Lifecycle approach
- Project start in 2017
- Analysis and monitoring of PALFINGER products concerning their lifecycle costs
- Implementation for individual products for the time being
Find out more about the efficient use of raw materials or the product life cycle in our Integrated Annual Report 2017.