Bosch Drives Sustainability in Southeast Asia
Carbon neutrality has been an ambitious goal at Bosch, and it has been one year since Bosch pledged to make its over 400 locations worldwide carbon neutral. As a leading global technology provider, Bosch’s effort has also contributed significantly to the sustainability in Southeast Asia given its presence in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Here are some of Bosch initiatives implemented in this region for the past year, which evidently supported its bold statement of carbon neutrality, upping these cities’ livability.
Greening Bosch manufacturing plants
With an alarming increase of natural disasters such as heat waves, floods and tropical cyclones, Southeast Asia is identified as one of the most vulnerable geographical area to climate change, though the region only accounts for 3.5 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the world. Named as a manufacturing hub after China and India, manufacturing is the 4th highest contributor to GHG following land use, transportation, and electricity consumption. The emission is on the rise given the growth of manufacturing base being established here. Naturally for Bosch, making its ASEAN manufacturing plants more efficient takes priority in its climate actions.
(i) Reducing carbon footprint with power generated on site
Leveraging on the region's close proximity to the equator and high exposure to solar radiations, Bosch tapped on solar energy and pushed ahead the installation of photovoltaic systems to power up its plants in Malaysia and Thailand, with Vietnam's plants in the pipeline. To-date, a total of 10,500 rooftop solar panels have been installed, covering an area of 34,500m2, approximately 5 FIFA standard football fields. With close to 6,000MWh clean energy generated on site, it is estimated to reduce approximately 3,760 tons of carbon dioxide emission a year, equivalent to almost 1,000 cars driven annually. Once the plant in Vietnam completes the installation of approximately 4,000 solar panels, these benefits are estimated to grow by 30 percent.
Malaysia's largest rooftop solar panel
(ii) Compliance to wastewater treatment
Wastewater at factories is mainly generated by the use of cooling water (34 percent). It also comes from sanitary facilities and canteens (40 percent) and is generated as part of manufacturing by, for example, electroplating, washing facilities, and processing centers (26 percent). Using processes such as ultrafiltration to separate solids and liquids or physical-chemical treatment methods, such as precipitation or distillation, wastewater treatment is consistently carried out at all Bosch plants.
(iii) Back to basics
Climate actions at Bosch are not just about heavy investments in advanced technology and innovative engineering. Most often, the ways of increasing our plants’ efficiency can be less fancy, such as installation of rainwater harvesting systems, chiller optimization, compressor upgrade and replacement of LED lights.
Redefine buildings with smart technologies
Technologies are vital to making buildings more secure, efficient, and comfortable. As a leading provider of intelligent building technologies, Bosch also incorporates AI, Internet of Things (IoT), and sensor-driven solutions to its own office buildings, offering its associates an innovative and smart working environment, while serving as a live showcase to visitors. This is best exemplified in its ASEAN headquarters located in Singapore.
Already equipped with solar panels and smart air conditioning, Bosch Assist, the first cloud-based text and voice-based, contactless personal assistant for buildings, is one of the key enablers to make its Singapore office building even smarter. Bosch Assist connects several Bosch proprietary solutions within the building such as cameras, sensors, building management software, etc. to offer real-time notifications, actionable insights, and a multitude of services and benefits to its users including staff, facilities management operators, contractors, and building owners.
In other words, Bosch Singapore building is not only eco-friendly with energy consumption 30 percent lower than comparable industrial buildings, but it is also interactive and user-friendly.
For example, here comes lunch time, one can easily interact with Bosch Assist via WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or LINE to get instant information such as special lunch menu of the day before heading to the canteen. At Bosch canteen, diners can also experience smart air-conditioning. Just by connecting to Bosch Assist, or simply tap on a small control box at their tables, diners can easily regulate temperature by adjusting the speed of the ceiling fans closest to their tables without having to leave their seats. Smart air conditioning at Bosch canteen alone is recorded to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 8 tons annually, equivalent to 2 cars driven. What’s more, this canteen shows us how we can save the environment without compromising our comfort!
Fascinating eco-friendly products
All Bosch products are manufactured with sustainability in mind, made to be durable, efficient in order to conserve energy, water, and resources. From pre-production to packaging, every process is painstakingly scrutinized to enhance sustainability.
Our products are packaged and labelled with the "Green Technology inside" signet, well informing our customers that they help save the environment too at the touch of a button.
Rest assured, the Green Technology inside is truly green - For Bosch products are powered by over a century of engineering expertise. Our dishwashers for example, have been fine-tuned over the years with a minimum capacity to cut water consumption by more than half! A Bosch dishwasher on average uses 7 liters of water per wash, while hand-washing generally uses up to 60 litres. When you add up the numbers, switching from hand-washing to dishwashing can save you up to 20,000 litres of water per year.
Walking the talk of sustainability
Carbon neutrality is no mean feat but Bosch is determined to turn it into a reality. It all started with every Bosch associate across the world walking the talk – practicing simple sustainable gestures such as reducing office printing and any wastage. The empowering company culture “We are Bosch” enables all associates to contribute to the company’s long-term sustainability strategy.
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