Schneider Electric and Roca Group collaborate to decarbonise
Roca Group works in the design, production and commercialisation of bathroom products, operating in 170 countries, with 85 factories and a workforce of 24,000. Although the company has been actively working on the improvement of its environmental footprint for several years, it has decided to broaden its commitments and to establish a common sustainability policy with the help of Schneider Electric’s new climate change consulting services.
The collaboration will consist of three phases. In the first phase, Roca Group will work with Schneider Electric to define its vision of the decarbonisation process, analysing the environment and setting new, more ambitious goals. During the second phase, Schneider Electric will study Roca Group’s plants to set commitments to reduce energy consumption and emissions, to implement sustainable energy generation in the factories and to compensate for those emissions that cannot be eliminated.
Finally, during the implementation phase, Roca Group and Schneider Electric will advance the digitalisation of the company’s processes and will proceed to the sensorisation of the different production centres to monitor and optimise energy consumption in order to reduce costs and emissions. Schneider Electric will also help Roca Group to define its decarbonisation needs so that, with its own resources, the Group can implement projects to reduce emissions and implement sustainable energy.
Roca Group is committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and works to reduce the carbon footprint of its industrial activity, promoting the reduction of water consumption and continuously innovating in the production processes carried out in its plants. The Group cut carbon dioxide emissions by 8% in 2019 compared to the previous year, a figure that escalated to 22% in 2020 due to the company’s efforts and the drop in activity due to the pandemic.
In other areas related to the environment, water consumption in the Group’s plants was cut by 24% last year, and as part of its Zero Waste project, 28% less waste was generated, 71% of which is recoverable in other production processes. In addition, the products that Roca Group designs for the bathroom space incorporate the latest technologies to optimise energy and water consumption.
“At Roca Group, we work hard every day to optimise our production processes by incorporating the latest technologies with the aim of reducing our environmental footprint, as well as to provide society with products for the bathroom space that combine wellbeing with respect for the environment,” said Roca Group CEO Albert Magrans.
“Far from being satisfied, we want to continue advancing in this strategy and offer all our divisions and factories a common framework that allows us to continue driving our decarbonisation.”
President of Schneider Electric Iberia Josu Ugarte said, “At Schneider Electric we are not only committed to decarbonising our value chain, we want to become the digital partner in sustainability and efficiency for companies that are leading the change. And Roca Group is one of them.
“Companies that incorporate sustainability into their strategy are ahead of legislative requirements, attract more talent, have better access to capital and strengthen their brand and business, making it more attractive to multiple stakeholders,” Ugarte said.
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