Steel tube manufacturer Schoeller adopts roadmap to climate neutrality
by David Fleschen
Schoeller Werk GmbH & Co. KG, one of the leading manufacturers of welded and drawn premium stainless steel tubes on the European market, has adopted a roadmap for achieving climate neutrality. Schoeller aims to reduce its CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030 at the latest and to produce in a completely climate-neutral way by 2035. To this end, the owner and management have decided to make extensive investments to reduce energy consumption, recover energy and start producing their own energy. During her visit to the Hellenthal plant, NRW Economics Minister Mona Neubaur praised the exemplary nature of the transformation concept with a mixture of decentralised use of local energy infrastructure and entry into self-generation of electricity and green hydrogen
Companies in the steel and metal processing industry are currently confronted with various challenges, be it rising energy and input material prices, structural changes in the automotive and mechanical engineering industries, a shortage of skilled workers and the expectations of establishing climate-neutral production. Despite these difficult conditions, Schoeller has bucked the trend and decided in favour of Germany as a business location and the further development of the Hellenthal production site in NRW.
For long-term sustainable growth and in order to remain internationally competitive, Schoeller already reacted to the ongoing structural change and the changed framework conditions months ago with an extensive investment programme. A compelling prerequisite for the development of the location is the further optimisation of work and production processes through higher standardisation and automation, as well as the concentration on profitable market segments. "Only with higher productivity and earning power are we in a position to secure our competitiveness and thus the approximately 800 jobs in the Eifel at the Hellenthal site. Sustainability also requires sustainable production and thus investments in the climate neutrality of our company," Frank Poschen, CEO of Schoeller, describes the initial situation.
Source: Schöller, Photo: Fotolia