"We leverage holistic measures to achieve carbon neutrality"
“As global number one in steel abrasives, our ambition is to be a business and environmental leader. We offer environmentally friendly surface treatment solutions, and we are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact.
We are leading the industry in taking a green pledge to be carbon neutral by 2050, with a clear roadmap to reduce carbon emissions by 100 kgCO2eq/ton every decade. We are in pole position to achieve that: our emissions stand at a benchmark industry level of 300 kgCO2eq/ton or 6 times less than steel.”
CEO & Chairman
Green Pledge Ambitions
In addition, 95% of our raw materials are source d from recycling, 80% of our global waste products are repurposed, and our abrasives can be reused thousands of times before being re-cast as new. We have embarked on an ambitious program to reduce the energy intensity of our production. Whether major investments, such as innovative heat treatment, or smaller more modest ones, such as the installation of LEDs in the workshops, we use all levers, every degree, every kilowatt towards our goal. We are also investigating carbon capture technologies like molecular depositions. Above all, we take an end-to-end approach to the environment.
We partner with our clients on cutting-edge products and services that reduce their impact. Suppliers that commit to actions such as “Eco mobility” become Preferred Partners. And we are building the digital expertise that is an integral part of environmental leadership. Winoa is a world leader. We have the responsibility, the expertise and the passion to make our Green Pledge for our planet a reality.
The life cycle of steel shot
With over 95% of our raw materials sourced from the circular economy, our business model has a strong environmental focus.
And every stage of our product life cycle plays a key role in driving down our carbon footprint.
ISO 50001 for energy reduction
“Unused energy is the best way to improve energy balance!” This common-sense approach guides all our processes and actions. So much so that we have had it ISO 50001 certified. We apply this management system worldwide and across all our activities, including our upstream energy procurement.
We insulate our furnaces, and work with specialists to digitally regulate their settings. We extend the use of regenerative burners that conserve heat for reuse. The same mindset guides our support for clients, with energy efficiency as a key goal. Our approach to industry combines business performance and enhanced environmental impact. We aim for energy efficiency and optimized production across our production processes.
Waste reduction & recycling
Our production generates almost no waste, with 96% of steel dust particles repurposed or recycled. 78% of our production waste is recycled as inputs for other industries. We adapt from one country to another, but our waste becomes a new resource, by definition.
The car parks at our Le Cheylas site will soon be shaded by photovoltaic panels. Power from a pilot 64kWh installation will integrate our onsite electrical network ahead of scale up. We are also planning similar installations at our sites in Spain, Slovenia and Thailand.
Heat recovery systems
Our compressors are equipped with heat recovery units to divert the heat generated to water or the plant itself. By using regenerative burners, we can conserve the heat produced and use it to reheat air in the furnace.
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