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Henkel Grows Towards Sustainability

 Technology Today Bureau

Henkel’s Laundry & Home Care business unit wanted to reduce energy consumption and align with ISO 50001 standards at all its production sites. Using Aveva software installed by EMP Etteplan GmbH, the team was able to successfully optimize collection, use and communication of energy consumption and emissions data across its supply chain. As a result, the team has improved supply-chain resource efficiency of on-site production by 5-6% annually. 

“When we started implementing these digital solutions in 2013, we were already achieving a 3% year-on-year energy saving on every ton of product produced. By the time we had completed the implementation, we were seeing a clear increase in energy efficiency. For example, the Environmental Management System (EMS) has reduced Henkel’s energy consumption (kWh/t) year-on-year by up to 16% in 2020 against a business-as-usual operation. Comparatively, the energy saved is equivalent to the capacity needed to support the three million inhabitants of two European capital cities, Amsterdam and Vienna,” commented Wolfgang Weber, Corporate Director, Digital Transformation & Engineering Laundry & Home Care, Henkel.

“Digital technologies play a vital role in realising sustainable ambitions and we are here to support our customers globally in taking charge of their sustainability objectives,” commented Kim Custeau, Senior Vice President APM and MES, Aveva. 

“In terms of our vision for the future, this software will continue to provide the technology that Henkel Laundry & Home Care needs to achieve its goals,” said Dr. Dirk Holbach, Corporate Senior VP, Global Supply Chain Laundry & Home Care, Henkel. “Sustainability and efficient use of resources is firmly anchored in Henkel’s corporate values – and this isn’t something recent. We were one of the first companies to start publishing an annual sustainability report thirty years ago and today we have our sights set firmly on our long-term sustainability goals and are proud that our commitment has recently been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) designating several of our factories as sustainability lighthouses.”