Bosch Power Tools
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Sustainability

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 neutrality

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.

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Energy efficiency

Lever 1: Energy efficiency

In line with the sustainability strategy of the Bosch Group, increased energy efficiency represents an important lever for us. Our target is to save around 75,000 MWh by the year 2030. This corresponds to the average annual electricity consumption of 2,700 two-person households in Germany. In 2021, savings of more than 12,600 MWh were achieved through energy efficiency projects in Bosch Power Tools. This was mainly achieved through higher savings in infrastructure and building services engineering, such as ventilation systems. A total of 63 projects were implemented worldwide in 2021.

New energy storage and distribution centre at the Bosch Power Tools site in Leinfelden, Germany.
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New clean power

Lever 2: New clean power

Under the heading "New Clean Power", Bosch is promoting renewable energy production – both through in-house generation at its plants and by means of long-term purchase contracts which actually enable new photovoltaic systems or wind parks to be constructed. In 2021, around 57 MWh were generated through the use of the photovoltaic system in Willershausen. Other systems are already under construction.

Wind farm "Dominica" in Mexico
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Green electricity

Lever 3: Green electricity

In order to attain CO₂ neutrality as quickly as possible, Bosch is focusing on the purchase of green electricity from existing plants and has been substantially increasing purchases from renewable sources with corresponding certificates of origin since 2019. In 2021, Bosch Power Tools covered around 91 percent of worldwide electricity demand with green electricity.

Photovoltaic system at sunset
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Carbon offsets

Lever 4: Carbon offsets

In the course of the next few years, we want to gradually minimize the use of compensation measures (carbon credits). Carbon credits will be reduced to the unavoidable minimum in order to offset CO₂ emissions from combustion processes (heating, process heat) or compensate for the purchase of power in countries where green electricity is only available to a limited extent. In 2021, around 41,000 metric tons of CO₂ were compensated at Bosch Power Tools.

When selecting compensation projects, we still systematically focus on internationally recognized and independent certifications such as the Gold Standard, because we want to promote both ecological development and social development in the projects. We are also currently working to reduce unavoidable emissions. We are examining, for example, electrification possibilities and the use of biogas or hydrogen for this purpose. We therefore want to continuously reduce the proportion of compensation measures, so that Bosch only has to neutralize a maximum of 15 percent or 488,800 metric tons of CO₂ through corresponding measures in 2030.

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"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
Isabelle Gola, Head of the Sustainability at Bosch Power Tools in conversation with associates.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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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.

Heiner Lukas, a member of the sustainability team at Bosch Power Tools, works with a tablet.

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.

Collage of the individual parts of a cordless screwdriver, a battery, a charger and a tool box.
Collage of the individual parts of a cordless screwdriver, a battery, a charger and a tool box. The focus is on the plastic parts.
Collage of the individual parts of a cordless screwdriver, a battery, a charger and a tool box. The focus is on the battery.
Collage of the individual parts of a cordless screwdriver, a battery, a charger and a tool box. The focus is on the drive unit.
The Quigo Green cross line laser in a cardboard box.

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.

Two members of the sustainability team at Bosch Power Tools compare plastic samples for the green toolboxes.

Toolboxes

In addition to our products, toolboxes are a clear indication of our commitment towards sustainability. Since 2019, we have saved more than 2,200 tonnes 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 tonnes of plastic waste per annum.

Sustainable living #LikeABosch

A woman with a cordless screwdriver leans against a tree and looks at a bird sitting on a birdhouse.

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

Cover of the Bosch Group Sustainability Report 2022 with the caption Decoding tomorrow.

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.