Reducing our customers’ CO2 footprint

We talked with Vacuum Technique Business Area President Geert Follens about our potential to reduce our customers’ carbon impact and the benefits this focus brings.

Geert, how much is CO2 emissions reduction a part of your strategy today?

Low energy consumption has always been one of the main drivers of our R&D efforts, even long before we talked about CO2 footprint. We now put energy efficiency in the context of our carbon reduction targets, which gives it an even stronger focus directly linked to our environmental KPIs. 

Our greenhouse gas abatement products have been a key strategic growth area for our business over several decades. These abatement products are designed specifically to minimize the emission of greenhouse and other hazardous gases at our customer sitesals.

Geert Follens - Business Area President Vacuum Technique

Since Atlas Copco has focused on energy efficiency for decades, how much more potential is there for technological improvements in this regard?

There is still significant scope for CO2 footprint reduction through continuous improvement in our core mechanism designs, intelligent utilization modes and innovative, energy-efficient system designs. A combination of these improvements with new breakthrough mechanisms and abatement developments will ensure the continuation of our energy reduction journey. There will also be increased focus on the conversion of our remaining fossil-fuel-fired abatement to electric-powered abatement.  

Are CO2 savings a big part of the sales argument today, or is it all about reducing the customer’s energy consumption and thereby, costs?

Our objective is to contribute to lowering the CO2 footprint of our customers’ operations AND reducing total cost of ownership at the same time. Carbon reductions will become a more important differentiator as more and more companies publicly commit to more ambitious targets.

Is there more we can do to improve our customers’ energy efficiency and lower their carbon impact?

It is clear that by understanding the customers’ application, proposing the right solution, monitoring the process and delivering the right service, we can indeed lower the footprint. We now also offer some improved energy efficiency upgrades through our service programs.

What are you doing to limit our own carbon impact?

Reducing the CO2 from our operations has been a strategic focus for the last few years, and we have made considerable improvements since then. Looking ahead, we are planning to continue this journey by setting even more ambitious goals.

Privately, I do a lot of small things, because a change in consumer behavior will change industry over time. The topic needs to be on top of the personal and business agenda.

We did a calculation of the amount of CO2 emissions that could be avoided annually if all potential customer applications were to switch to one of our most energy-saving products. Learn more about the potential impact here.