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“Transparent balance sheet and open assessment of the situation”

“Transparent balance sheet and open assessment of the situation”

At the end of April, Tsubaki Kabelschlepp once again presented its sustainability report. In it, the manufacturer of energy chain systems presents a comprehensive analysis of its sustainability efforts in terms of the environment, economy and social issues and defines the course for future climate-neutral corporate management.

"The report clearly shows our customers, employees and the regions in which we operate what we have done sustainably, what we are doing and what we plan to do in the future," explains Frank Springer, sustainability officer at Tsubaki Kabelschlepp. "It is a transparent assessment of what has been achieved and at the same time an open assessment of the current situation."

Tsubaki Kabelschlepp has been putting sustainability on its agenda for four years. The main drivers are its own motivation to make a contribution to protecting the climate, but also its affiliation with the Japanese parent company TSUBAKIMOTO Chain. The company pursues the so-called SBTi Targets (Science Based Targets Initiative) and has the ambition to be one of the top 500 companies in the world in terms of sustainability. This results in demanding requirements and a further tightening of sustainability targets for the entire TSUBAKI Group. For example, the required CO2 savings were increased in 2023 and the reference year was moved from 2018 to 2021.

In order to master these challenges, Tsubaki Kabelschlepp has sharpened the already determined and prioritized fields of action. After achieving a reduction in CO2 emissions of 27.6% in Scope 1 and 100% in Scope 2 by the end of 2023, the company now wants to use the appropriate measures to leverage savings potential that is difficult to achieve. To this end, the company has various sustainability projects in the pipeline, for which an investment volume of 500,000 to 600,000 euros is planned for 2024 alone.

In 2023, the catalogue of measures included peak load management in production, preparation for DIN EN 14001 certification, planning a 3,200 m2 photovoltaic system and preparing new heating systems at the Wenden site. Tsubaki Kabelschlepp has been heating its entire administration building with waste heat from production since 2022. This has reduced natural gas consumption by around 75%.

In addition, Sope 3 considerations consistently dominated a significant part of the documentation. The assessment of the supply chain played a significant role here. But waste and vehicle fleet management and numerous other topics were also initiated. "While in the first few years we mainly focused on reducing emissions from Scope 1 and 2, our current stage towards climate neutrality focuses on Scope 3," reports Frank Springer. "We have already made quite a bit of progress on this path in 2023. And the more precisely we know about Scope 3 emissions, the closer we get to the truth about how much CO2 our company emits and what tasks still lie ahead of us in this regard.”

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