The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has published its annual report on climate change. GF has been named sector leader among industrial companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. According to the CDP, this positions GF among the top ten companies in this sector in the German-speaking countries. In the CDP's words, sector leaders show "a high degree of transparency concerning their actual achievements in the area of climate protection".
GF contributes to its customers’ sustainability by designing and delivering piping systems that can safely supply water without leaks or contamination, lighter components for the automotive industry, or innovative high-precision machine tools.
Climate protection ranking: GF positioned among the top ten industrial corporations
GF listed in Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe again
The independent Belgian agency Ethibel reconfirmed GF as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe on 15th April 2016. ESI gives an overview about companies with sustainable engagement for banks and investors.
GF awarded Prime Status by oekom research
GF has moved up one level in the oekom research AG ranking to C+ and is now classified as a prime investment. This qualifies the company‘s bonds as a social and ecological investment which could attract new investors. Oekom research is one of the leading rating agencies worldwide in the field of sustainable investment.
Clean Water supports drinking water projects
For more than ten years, GF’s Clean Water foundation supports numerous projects towards a sustainably improved water treatment. To date, Clean Water has supported 124 projects worldwide with over CHF 8.5 million. One example is a joint project with Caritas Switzerland which provided about 2 700 inhabitants of the region Muminabad in Tajikistan with access to clean drinking water. Together with the local population, Caritas Switzerland has installed water distribution systems which sustainably improve the quality of drinking water in the village. The targeted help towards self-help, which includes also training for the locals in water and hygiene questions, secures the careful use of the precious resource also in the future.
Clean drinking water for Polish city
Outdated piping systems often cause problems such as contaminations in drinking water. This is why the city of Lublin (Poland) decided to renew a part of their old steel piping system with an installation technology of GF Piping Systems. The durable and environmentally-friendly system secures a reliable, economical and sustainable water supply also in the future. With durable polyethylene pipes and innovative jointing technology, GF contributes to the safe water supply for 150 000 inhabitants and next generations.
Funding for new production line
GF Automotive in Singen (Germany) currently establishes a new resourcesaving production line for lightweight casting parts. It is about to be finished in summer 2015 and helps to avoid 11 000 tons of CO2-emissions every year. Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, parliamentary state secretary of the German Federal Environment Ministry, handed over the funding agreement with EUR 5 million to GF. The Ministry promotes this innovative and environmentally friendly production line as part of its Environmental Innovation Program.
Measures for energy savings in the USA
By improving the heat exchanger system and by using machines with higher energy efficiency, GF Harvel in Little Rock (USA) saves 2 million kWh electricity per year – enough energy to supply 2 000 households. Thanks to the use of more efficient injection molding machines the company has trimmed its energy costs by nearly USD 60 000 per year. These measures do, however, not only help reduce costs but make a valuable contribution to environmental protection.
Joining the “Blue Competence” initiative
GF Machining Solutions has joined the Blue Competence Machine Tools initiative in October. As a partner of this initiative, GF Machining Solutions commits itself to the common sustainability codex and fulfills the sustainability criteria in all phases of the product life cycle. Nearly 400 international companies from the plant and mechanical engineering industry are already members of the initiative which contributes to the achievement of the EU’s climate and energy targets.
Efficiency award for Herzogenburg
In July, GF Automotive in Herzogenburg (Austria) won the renowned energy efficiency award Helios. The price was awarded by the Economic Chamber of Lower Austria and honors the modernization of the division’s foundry in Herzogenburg which saves 2.5 million kWh of energy and 650 tons of CO2 per year. These savings result from connecting the circuit cooling process with the machining workshop via a heat exchanger. The redirected heat-flow is used for the heating functions needed at the workshop.