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Make a world of difference

Scientists, the United Nations and governments around the world are in agreement that the climate crisis is becoming increasingly urgent and action must be taken – now. It’s the responsibility of us all, including businesses, to step forward and address this issue. While this may be a huge challenge, we believe that it’s also an opportunity for the manufacturing industry. Not only can your business contribute to resolving this global crisis – it can become more efficient and more successful by becoming more sustainable.

There are significant additional benefits for businesses that adopt a greener approach. Companies that prove to be more sustainable will gain a competitive advantage, as customers increasingly demand a sustainable approach. Cost savings can be made when businesses use energy more efficiently, reduce waste and take advantage of government green schemes. A climate-friendly attitude also improves the morale of a businesses’ workforce, which in turn increases productivity and makes it a more attractive workplace for potential new employees.

Becoming climate-neutral

At Bosch Rexroth, we’ve been on our journey toward greater sustainability for several years. We launched our GoGreen initiative more than ten years ago. Our dedicated team of experts have been systematically identifying how we can reduce energy usage across our plants. Between 2008 and 2021, we reduced our energy intensity – in other words, the energy consumed in relation to the components and solutions produced – by 39 percent, and our CO₂ intensity by 75 percent. Then in 2020, all Bosch Rexroth sites – and the entire Bosch Group – achieved the important goal of becoming climate-neutral. In short, we’ve done this by:

  • Rigorously increasing energy efficiency in production, in buildings and the company vehicle fleet, and by using our own solutions and those from other Bosch business divisions.
  • Continually reducing our consumption of resources.
  • Purchasing green electricity and encouraging the development of clean, renewable energy sources.
  • Compensating for remaining emissions through carbon offsetting certificates.

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We want your business to benefit from our experience, so our GoGreen team is sharing the knowledge we’ve gained from making our own plants climate-neutral. By offering consultancy services and practical advice, you too can get greener and reduce costs by becoming more energy efficient.

There’s been a significant shift in the perception of the importance of sustainability, particularly in larger corporations. Personally, for me it’s important that our energy-efficient technologies are meeting the needs of our customers and improving the industry’s CO₂ footprint.

Yulia Bakir

Mover for Sustainability
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Sustainable solutions with added value

The experience we’ve gained while upgrading our own plants has also helped to inform our thinking when developing new products and solutions. Like you, we want to be more climate-friendly, but we also have to consider the challenges of modern-day manufacturing, such as how to be smarter, faster, more productive and more flexible.

That’s where our ‘More and Less' portfolio comes in. On the one hand, it aims to meet your business needs by giving you tangible benefits – more profitability, more productivity, more flexibility, to name but a few. On the other hand, it reduces your environmental impact. Our development engineers assess the effects of products on the environment when they’re designing them, then look at how they can be improved.

Let’s look at a few examples. In the world of factory automation, our ctrlX DRIVE is the world’s most compact modular drive system. It gives you greater throughput and productivity, thanks to leaner automation. Yet it requires 50 percent less space, has up to 90 percent less cabling and significantly reduces energy consumption. For industrial hydraulics, the focus is on less energy consumption, less fluid and less material. For instance, CytroBox, our latest-generation hydraulic power unit, is more efficient because of its needs-based generation of volume flow and pressure, yet it can lower energy consumption by up to 80 percent and lower oil volume by up to 75 percent.

In the field of mobile machines, electrification is proving to be transformational. Our new eLION portfolio for the electrification and replacement of combustion engines for locally emission-free solutions is enhancing efficiency and machine performance, while reducing CO₂ emissions. Rexroth Service can provide remote diagnosis, which leads to higher availability of your machines and less downtime, yet with fewer business trips. We can also retrofit your existing machines to give you greater productivity, higher return on investment and more flexibility, while reducing energy and resources.

I’m glad our management board supports transformative innovation. We have development teams that are basically incubators for disruptive, sustainable solutions. We also have a reputation for creating reliable products that last – this helps to conserve resources and reduce our customers’ costs.

Yinan Gu

Mover for Sustainability
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The importance of the manufacturing industry

Through its technologies, the mechanical engineering sector influences the greenhouse gas emissions of virtually all industries – from the energy sector or manufacturing and processing industry to construction and agriculture and even the waste disposal and recycling sector. A recent study carried out by the Boston Consulting Group and the VDMA outlines the important role that machinery and equipment manufacturers have to play in the battle against climate change. It estimates that if machinery manufacturers offer green technologies to their industrial customers and drive the transition, the 35 gigatons of CO₂ emissions that industry generates could be reduced by up to 86 percent. Studies such as this only stand to reinforce our belief that we at Bosch Rexroth must continue to drive forward our strategy for sustainability, both within our own business and in the solutions that we create for you.

Moving forward, our focus areas for sustainability are:


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Energy efficiency: We’ve identified four levers that we use when creating energy-efficient solutions – energy-efficient components, energy recovery, energy on demand and a system configuration that’s optimized for energy efficiency. The objective is always to make pragmatic improvements – reducing the energy consumption of existing machines with little effort, looking at all technologies used in new concepts in an integrated manner and increasing efficiency. Reducing the electricity consumption in an individual area, such as metallurgy, by several megawatts per year is considered equally as important as making small savings through series components that are used in millions of factory automation systems or mobile applications.

Use of resources and the circular economy: Experts estimate that 39% of global greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by circular economy strategies. We’re using the opportunities offered by the circular economy to protect the climate and conserve resources. When we design new products, we consider using innovative production processes, such as additive manufacturing and recyclable materials, and we look at how we can optimize the use of materials and make products more durable. Already, we’re recycling 85% of our production waste. Regarding the use of water, we’ve assessed our sites and reduced water consumption in areas at risk of drought, and will be further reducing our water usage by making process improvements, reusing water and utilizing rain water. Meanwhile, we’re helping our customers to extend the life of older machines and conserve resources with our retrofitting services.

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Partnerships: Having long-term partnerships with customers, suppliers, scientists, other companies in the industry and other stakeholders leads to trust and is the basis for joint success, so it’s part of our culture. As part of the wider Bosch Group, we collaborate with other divisions in order to share and generate innovative ideas that make our business, and those of our customers, more sustainable.

Products, processes and service innovations: We’ll continue to use cutting-edge technologies and an innovative approach to provide sustainable products, solutions and services that give you a competitive advantage. Already, we’ve made headway with disruptive developments, such as the Factory of the Future and solutions for the electrification of mobile machines. Predictive maintenance and digital supply chains are further levers for using resources such as energy more sustainably through digitalization.


Find out more about our sustainable solutions, including our ‘More and Less’ range.