The search for the continuous improvement of the processes applies to water management. When purchasing machines, WEG considers those providing the highest efficiency in water use or enabling its reuse. Some examples are the effluent treatment plants with reuse, and multiple cycles on washing machines and cleaning carts.
Nowadays, the water resources management of the WEG Group companies is executed based on the Environmental Policy and on the corporate directives, and approved by the General Direction of the company. Each unit is responsible for defining environmental goals, as well as for executing projects that enable the reaching of those goals.
The accumulated volume of reused water at WEG Brazil units between 2014 and 2016 saved 121,374.3 m³ (121,374,300 liters) by reusing water, which would be enough to supply 415 families for a year.
WEG has been assessing the emissions of greenhouse gases since 2010. The measurement is done according to the methodology of the Brazilian GHG Protocol Program, which has the objective to map the emissions for their management, in addition to enabling the definition of strategies to continuously improve the emission management.
WEG reports data on its management and performance of atmospheric emissions to the Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE, from the Brazilian acronym), in addition to reporting its performance to the CDP Investor and Supply Chain Program, Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) and Guia Exame de Sustentabilidade.
The industrial sector represents more than 40% of the energy consumed in Brazil, which encourages WEG to develop technologies intended to improving the energy efficiency with short-term return on investment, generating renewable energies and reducing electric energy consumption, consequently reducing the greenhouse gases, working hard on projects of:
Scope 2, which refers to the indirect emissions of Greenhouse Gases resulting from the purchase of electric energy, is considered the most relevant for WEG, because the electric energy consumption is responsible for approximately 75% of the company's greenhouse gas emissions.
Reducing electric energy consumption is one of the great challenges of the industry. In addition to incorporating energy efficiency into its products, WEG manages energy internally in a structured and systematic way, which has been producing important results.
Since 2011, WEG has one of its plants certified by ISO 50001 (Energy Management System), and in 2014, based on the requirements of such standard, it began the implantation of the Energy Efficiency Program in its plants of the Motor Unit in Brazil. In 2016 the Program was implanted in the Energy Unit (in the city of Jaraguá do Sul/SC, at the company's headquarters), and it is expected to be implanted in the Automation Unit in 2017.
In Brazil the units that participate in the Energy Efficiency Program have goals to reduce the electric energy consumption.
WEG seeks to raise the employees' awareness using different methods, such as training courses and oriented communication, encouraging and promoting good practices in the use of electric energy.
The generation of solid waste is an intrinsic part of the companies' productive processes. The waste generated by a company is its raw materials that were not processed and must then be disposed of.
By properly managing their waste, the companies improve their efficiency (generating less waste while increasing the production), in addition to guaranteeing the best destination for the waste.