Reducing the energy consumption of its sites is one of Valeo's priorities in terms of sustainable development.
The Group has set itself the target of reducing its energy consumption by 10% related to sales at the end of 2015, on the basis of its performance in 2012.
Energy consumption compared to revenues was stable compared with 2012. Total energy consumption increased by 1.1%.
The near stability of the Group’s total energy consumption in 2013 can be explained by numerous individual initiatives taken on the sites. The main initiatives are:
- the recovery of the energy produced by compression systems to heat premises and workshops. Examples include the sites at Kohnan (Thermal Systems, Japan), Chrzanow (Visibility Systems, Poland) and Meslin-l’Évêque (Visibility Systems, Belgium);
- the replacement of high-consumption equipment with more energy-efficient equipment, or a reduction of the volume of equipment: Ferentino (Thermal Systems, Italy), Foshan (Thermal Systems, China), Laval (Thermal Systems, France);
- automatic timers for heating and lighting: Tangiers (Visibility Systems, Morocco);
- control of production equipment standby mode: Sainte-Florine (Powertrain Systems, France), Sablé-sur-Sarthe (Powertrain Systems, France), Chennai (Powertrain Systems, India), Chonburi (Comfort and Driving Assistance, Thailand);
- improved insulation of buildings: Wemding (Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems, Germany);
- identification of leaks in compressed air circuits: all the Business Groups have taken this action on a massive scale, in particular during the annual production shutdowns.
More than one half of sites took new actions to increase their energy efficiency in 2013.
To help sites improve their performance and meet their targets, Valeo has published a Good Practice guide to energy saving. This guide brings together the experiences of a number of sites considered to be centers of excellence in this area. It sets out the main actions that can be taken to use energy and resources more efficiently without reducing the comfort of the working environment or production performances.
The Good Practice guide covers the main sources of energy consumption and spending: energy management systems; measurements and zoning; the optimization and management of compressed air leaks; the optimization of cooling systems; low-energy lighting combined with management systems; the optimization of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration; the optimization of building performances; the replacement of traditional, energy-guzzling motors; the thermal management of water heaters, furnaces and waste systems; awareness-raising among employees.
Each aspect of good practice is accompanied by real-life examples from Valeo’s leading sites, and includes information on identifying opportunities, technical data, the various stages of implementation, factors for success, costs, return on investments, risks and constraints.
In 2013, as part of its efforts to reduce energy consumption, Valeo launched the deployment on its sites of the ISO 50001 standard on energy management systems, with a view to certifying 10% of sites in 2015. Two sites, Martorellas in Spain and Wemding in Germany, were certified in 2013.