The magazine Pictures of the Future reports that the company is gradually expanding its energy efficiency program to also include the supplier chain. The EEP for Suppliers (EEP4S) program identifies and evaluates energy-saving potential in production processes and can reduce energy consumption by as much as 17 percent.
Supplier sustainability is also important, however, because Siemens is one of the world’s biggest procurers of products and services: In 2010 the Group made purchases totaling approximately €37 billion in 177 countries. EEP for Suppliers was therefore launched to reduce energy consumption in the supplier chain. Participants can choose between four program variants designed in accordance with the energy intensity of their production processes and their level of production volume. Participants that opt for the most extensive variant are visited for several days by certified Siemens environmental consultants who tour the entire factory, analyze building structures, closely examine the energy consumption of individual units, study manufacturing and maintenance processes, and review procurement contracts.
The consultants then draw up a report in which they present proposals for energy-saving measures, calculate the required investment, and estimate how long it will take for the energy savings to pay for the outlay. The supplier pays the consulting costs. Also available is a free self-assessment tool that allows small companies or plants with less energy-intensive operations to assess their processes and identify savings potential.
Siemens incorporated an initial 160 suppliers with energy-intensive production processes into the EEP4S program in business year 2010 – 2011. A further 840 companies will be added next year. Plans call for EEP4S to become an established part of the Siemens supplier management system over the long term.
Dr. Norbert Aschenbrenner | Siemens InnovationNews
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