Considering the population growth and the need for global development, environmental resources and the environment are and probably will be increasingly in demand. This context means that organizations must continually improve their processes and policies to generate lower environmental impacts and be more efficient.
In addition, the environmental management generates consequential impacts on other capitals of the company, such as financial, manufactured, human and relations with other stakeholders. Looking from the perspective of opportunities, good environmental management can positively impact those capitals, thus generating greater value for the environment and the business.
At WEG, we continuously seek to improve processes that reduce environmental impacts, basing the activities on preventive measures to protect the environment (such as the conservation of natural resources and management of the emission and waste generation), on investments in technologies and on constant process improvement by establishing environmental objectives and targets.
This environmental management is also important to stimulate and contribute to theagenda and goals of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), understanding that the constant effort to improve efficiency and reduce the environmental impacts from economic activities are aligned and impact SDGs 12.
12.2 By 2030, achieve sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.
12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation by means of prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
WEG Kaizen is one of the forms of participative management that promotes the participation of employees in problem solution and continuous improvement activities that generate positive results in all processes. History of WEG Kaizen projects implemented in Brazil with environmental gains:
Our WEG Manufacturing System (WMS) program has eco-efficiency and cleaner production as its management practice. This program is based on the concepts, principles and techniques of WCM - World Class Manufacturing.
The WMS is based on technical and managerial pillars, including the Environment Pillar, which aims at:
The objectives and indicators of the environment pillar of the program linked to the productive process are related to:
Recycling is a serious subject for WEG, extended up to business. By means of the program for reusing electric motors, the "Exchange Plan", the company has granted a discount on the purchase of a new motor with performance above the law requirements in exchange for a used one. Besides the financial benefit to the customers, the initiative ensures that the low-efficiency motor is no longer used. Once collected by the company, the motors are dismantled and separated into parts for distribution to accredited and tracked recyclers.
Reduction of electric energy consumption
Reliability of the plant
Reduction of operating costs
Standard products - offer complete interchangeability with motors already installed
In order to reduce the use of restricted substances in our processes and products, we created the WEG Restricted Substances List, which undergoes periodic updates and is in line with the main national and international regulations. This list is used in different stages of WEG processes, such as the manufacture of products and packaging, the development of new materials and, mainly, with suppliers of raw materials, components and inputs.
Our List of Restricted Substances is also present in the Supplier’s Code of Ethics and in the Supply Agreements of our supply chain, showing the importance of the subject within the company. In line with the interests of the company, our suppliers are committed to delivering their products to us in accordance with this list.
In line with the issue of restricted substances, WEG is committed to ensuring that its products are free of conflict minerals and, consequently, do not finance armed conflicts.
Environmental investments are classified into three categories:
Environmental control: Related to treatment and disposal of waste, treatment of atmospheric and liquid emissions, environmental liability insurances and depreciation of devices and expenses with materials and maintenance.
Equipment: Related to the purchase of equipment for environmental control.
Management: Related to the remuneration of training personnel who act in environmental management, research and development, and certification of environmental management systems.
Below is the amount invested in each category in Brazil in 2021 in thousand BRL:
We have a packaging factory, RF Reflorestadora, in Brazil. This company produces all the wooden packaging used in our various product lines. Therefore, we have our own reforestation areas that guarantee the continuous supply of wood and the preservation of this natural resource and areas of natural forests, legal reserves and permanent preservation areas that help in the preservation of the local biodiversity.
In 2021, considering the scope of employees, 61% of the WEG group was covered by ISO 14001 certification.
In 2021, the scope of monitored units was expanded, including the company's business addresses. Thus, 100% of WEG's global addresses are now included in the indicators.
WEG monitors the water consumption of its operations and has several operational controls that ensure efficient management of this resource, thus avoiding waste and promoting conscious consumption. All effluents generated in operations are properly treated and periodically monitored. Part of the effluents treated in the operations are reused in the internal processes.
In 2021, WEG improved its emissions inventory process. The calculations were based on the GHG Protocol and IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) methodology.
The improvements made to the 2021 GHG emissions inventory included:
WEG's 2021 greenhouse gas emissions inventory was audited and validated by a third party. The validation process is important for the company to assess and continually improve its management on the subject.
WEG has had an Energy Efficiency Policy since 2012, in which it shows its commitment to the management of this input. This policy develops actions to monitor and reduce energy consumption, which contributes to improving the environment. WEG intends to increasingly make its energy sources cleaner, renewable and sustainable.
In 2021, WEG ensured that 10% of energy consumption came from renewable sources by purchasing renewable energy certificates (I-REC).