The topic of sustainability is firmly anchored in our values and has been an integral part of our corporate culture for decades. Our aim is to have as little impact as possible on the environment. As a globally active company, we pursue a holistic approach to sustainability along the entire product life cycle.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing mankind – stopping climate change is a task for the whole of society. As part of the Bosch Group, Bosch Power Tools is a pioneer in climate protection. With more than 400 plants worldwide, Bosch has been climate neutral since 2020 (Scope 1 and 2). We have defined four levers in this respect: Higher energy efficiency, expansion of the supply of regenerative energies, increase in the purchase of green electricity, offsetting of unavoidable CO₂ emissions through compensation measures (carbon credits).
These four levers are being continuously optimized in order to ensure the greatest possible impact. In addition, we are pursuing the goal of systematically reducing upstream and downstream emissions (Scope 3) beyond the company's immediate sphere of influence by 15 per cent by 2030.
"We are working just as consistently to achieve our Scope 3 target. At Bosch Power Tools, the focus is primarily on the materials used, product design and packaging, as well as circular economy models."
Isabelle Gola, Head of Sustainability at Bosch Power Tools
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Circular economy for an even more sustainable product portfolio
With our circular economy strategy, we aim to achieve the highest possible level of sustainability along the entire product life cycle – from procurement, production, use, return and refurbishment, to recycling and reuse of materials.
For this purpose, we want to create cycles either within Bosch or close them outside our company as part of established recycling processes. We are therefore not only reducing material use and the carbon footprint of our products, thus helping to attain our Scope 3 target, but are also preventing potential risks in relation to compliance with environmental and social standards. This is because by recycling materials, risky parts of the value chain in particular can also be eliminated.
Ecodesign and materials
With the help of product life cycle analyses, we identify how our products can be designed to be as sustainable as possible throughout the entire value chain. Our goal is to find out where the most intensive CO₂ hotspots are for the various product families. For this purpose, our power tools are manually disassembled into their individual components and examined in detail. This enables us to improve future product generations.
Product and packaging
The new Quigo Green cross line laser represents a milestone in sustainable product development and is an example of how we want to reorient our product portfolio in future. It is the first Bosch measuring instrument with a housing and accessories made of 90 percent recycled plastic. The main objective during product development was to reduce the CO₂ footprint from the product and the accessories through to packaging. The packaging is therefore also made of 70 percent recycled paper, has an environmentally friendly water-based coating, and no longer contains any plastic foils inside. The size of the packaging was also optimized. Thanks to optimized electronics, the new Quigo Green also consumes 50 percent less energy than its predecessor.
In addition to our products, toolboxes are a clear indication of our commitment towards sustainability. Since 2019, we have saved more than 2,200 metric tons of plastic raw material as a result of the introduction of toolboxes made of recycled plastic in the Home & Garden sector. Products made of recycled plastics consume less crude oil during production, thereby leading to lower CO₂ emissions in our environment. However, it is not just a question of reducing CO₂, but also making savings in relation to plastic waste: by changing from plastic blister packaging to cardboard packaging in the Garden sector, we avoid around 50 metric tons of plastic waste per annum.
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For us, sustainability means acting in an economically, ecologically and socially responsible manner. With our power tools, you can make an active contribution towards a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and improved resource conservation. Every little step counts when it comes to making a positive contribution towards the protection of our environment.
Facts, Figures, Data
Open and honest, comprehensive and transparent – that is the claim we pursue with our sustainability reporting. Because we want to be not only a responsible, but also a trustworthy partner in society.
With our annual Factbook, we make our actions transparent - comprehensive and comparable, in accordance with the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative.