Unlimited commitment in order to manage limited resources

Energy affects all aspects of development

Global megatrends, such as energy and raw materials shortages, urbanization and population growth, are confronting companies and communities with major economic, social and ecological challenges. Availability and efficient use of energy and resources are crucial to sustainable development and poverty reduction. Energy availability and efficient use affect all aspects of development – social, economic, and environmental – including agricultural productivity, wealth, social progress, greenhouse gas levels and smog.

Efficient Production

Apart from raw materials, energy consumption of Sika’s operations and production processes is a resource input and a relevant cost factor. Therefore the efficient use of energy is of high importance. CO2 is a consequence of the fossil energy consumption, which can only be limited by increasing energy efficiency. Sika sees it as its particular responsibility to minimize impact with regard to climate change by reducing energy consumption from non-renewable sources with the positive effect to reduce cost and increase competitiveness.

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Factory and warehouse relamping

SIKA CORPORATION, PLANT LYNDHURST, USA

The installation of energy efficient interior and exterior lighting led to electricity savings of 979,000 kWh per year. Annual CO2 emissions of 612 tons were avoided. The project was eligible for a New Jersey State incentive to encourage companies to install energy efficient luminaires.

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Construction of a solar park

SIKA FRANKE SA, PLANT MARGUERITTES, FRANCE

The installation of 25kWp crystalline solar panels improved the energy efficiency of the Sika factory by providing 31,535 MWh of solar energy annually, corresponding to 9% of the plant’s energy consumption. A contract with the local energy provider (EDF) has been signed to feed surplus energy into the local power grid.

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Rice husks as coal replacement

JIANGSU SIKA TMS ADMIXTURES CO. LTD., PLANT NANJING, CHINA

Standard coal was replaced by rice husks to fire powder dryers and to reduce the factory’s CO2 emissions. The replacement of around 1,500 tons of coal annually led to an emission reduction of 3,695 tons CO2 per year. The silica rich ashes are used as raw material in admixtures to substitute silica fume.

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DGNB certified Sika training center

SIKA GERMANY GMBH, PLANT STUTTGART, GERMANY

Sika products were used for the construction of a new multi-purpose building according to the challenging German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) green building requirements. The building has a low operational energy use of 105 kWh/m2 per annum, which is 23% less than required by the German regulations. Together with other partners, Sika was involved in the initial development of a DGNB guideline assisting architects, planners, contractors and owners in the selection and documentation of construction products for DGNB projects.