An Energy-efficient Danfoss

  • Most of the world’s energy consumption comes from industry and buildings, and the potential for reduction is equally huge. Danfoss wants to be a role model, and set new ambitions targets for itself and have therefore launched the Danfoss Climate Strategy 2030. 

    Danfoss Climate Strategy goals

    • Reducing the company’s energy intensity by 50% before 2030. Meaning that Danfoss will reduce its energy usage from 24 MWh per 1m DKK sold in 2007 to 12 MWh per 1m DKK by 2030.
    • Reducing the CO2 intensity of the energy used by 50% before 2030. Reducing from 320kg CO2 per 1 MWH in 2007 to 160 kg CO2 per 1 MWh.

    Energy reduction is on track
    In 2015, Danfoss’ energy consumption was 584,513 MWh compared to 583,535 MWh in 2014. With the net sales increasing with 11%, the energy intensity fell to 15.4 MWh/m DKK in 2015, versus 17 MWh/m DKK in 2014.
    In 2015, the global energy-saving program in buildings had a great impact in reducing energy consumption. The 21 largest factories are included in the program, accounting for 70% of Danfoss’ total energy consumption. Danfoss have identified more than 160 projects at the sites currently in the program, including optimization of the systems controlling the ventilation, heating and cooling using Danfoss’ own products. By the end of 2015, 56% of the program has been implemented and 36% of the savings harvested. The remaining parts of the program will be implemented over the coming years.

    CO2 emissions
    In 2015, Danfoss emitted 234,000 tons of CO2 as a result of its electricity and heat consumption. The sources were both scope 1 emissions (its own plants for the generation of power and heat) and scope 2 emissions (purchase of power and heat from external sources). This is 4,000 tons more than in 2014, which primarily is caused by increased electricity consumption in those countries where the CO2 intensity of the electricity is high (China, India and Poland). Implemented energy savings in other countries does not fully compensated for the increase. The overall CO2 intensity in all energy used in 215 increased slightly from 393 kg CO2/MWh in 2014 to 398 kg CO2/MWh.

    Nevertheless, Danfoss continues the introduction of green energy sources in order to meet the Climate strategy goals. A 1MW solar-cell system was opened at Danfoss’ new campus in India last year. This campus has received the international LEED Platinum rating, whereby it is certified as a green and sustainable building complex.
    In another effort to reduce fossil fuels, Danfoss is looking at the transportation of goods. Danfoss’ products are moved from the factories to the customers by air, sea or land. All of these modes of transport are sources of CO2 emissions that contribute to global warming.
    Danfoss Global Logistics will lead on establishing a program for the transformation to low carbon transport by moving goods by sea or land instead of by air. A part of this project is to carry out thorough analysis of the emissions from transport of products including analysis of the transport pattern and necessary behavioral changes to meet Danfoss emission targets.


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