Green Operations

The Green Operations program focuses on the main contributors to climate change, recycling of waste, reduction of water consumption and reduction of emissions of restricted and hazardous substances.

Full details, can be found in Sustainability statements.

Carbon footprint and energy efficiency

After achieving our EcoVision4 carbon emissions reduction target in 2012 (25% operational CO2 emissions reduction compared to 2007, the baseline year) we continued our energy efficiency improvement programs across different disciplines in 2013. Examples are Work Place Innovation, partnering in the KLM BioFuel program and Green Logistics. However, in 2013 our Carbon Footprint increased by 2% to 1,654 kilotonnes CO2 as a result of increased carbon emissions from air transport (to mitigate supply shortages), the increased use of SF6 (a substance with high Global Warming Potential impact) and increased business travel due to our increasing focus on emerging markets. These were, however, partly offset by decreasing emissions resulting from reduced office space (Work Place Innovation), consolidation of warehouses, the changing industrial footprint, and the increase in purchased electricity from renewable sources.

In 2013, CO2 emissions from non-industrial sites decreased 20%, in large part attributable to our Work Place Innovation program which enables flex-working and thus reduces the floor space in our portfolio. But also our continuing focus on buildings’ energy efficiency and the increased share of purchased electricity from renewable sources have helped achieve this.

After a decrease in 2012, total emissions from business travel increased 5% in 2013 as reduced emissions from our lease car fleet were off-set by increased air travel. We continue to promote video conferencing as an alternative to travel. In 2013, logistics CO2 emissions increased 5% in comparison with 2012. These were mainly caused by increased air shipments to mitigate supply shortages in our Lighting sector.

Our operational energy efficiency decreased 5% from 1.15 terajoules per million euro sales in 2012 to 1.21 terajoules per million euro sales in 2013 as a result of intensified industrial activities, increased business travel and increased logistics activities.

Ratios relating to carbon emissions and energy use
 
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operational CO2 emissions in kilotonnes CO2-equivalent
1,930
1,845
1,771
1,614
1,654
Operational CO2 efficiency in tonnes CO2-equivalent per million euro sales
83
73
70
65
71
Operational energy use in terajoules
31,145
32,766
31,402
28,405
28,162
Operational energy efficiency in terajoules per million euro sales
1.34
1.29
1.24
1.15
1.21

Operational carbon footprint by Greenhouse Gas Protocol scopes
in kilotonnes CO2-equivalent
 
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scope 1
447
441
431
443
465
Scope 2
636
485
427
409
387
Scope 3
847
919
913
762
802
Philips Group
1,930
1,845
1,771
1,614
1,654

Water

Total water intake in 2013 was 5.0 million m3, about 4% higher than in 2012. This increase was mainly due to a new acquisition in China that started to report in 2013, which accounted for 6% of group water consumption in 2013 as well as increased water use at two Lighting Lumileds sites, mitigated by water conservation activities across all sectors.

Lighting represents around 79% of total water usage. In this sector, water is used in manufacturing as well as for domestic purpose. The other sectors use water mainly for domestic purposes.

Water intake
in thousands m3
 
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
Healthcare
363
256
308
421
454
Consumer Lifestyle
315
351
338
303
586
Lighting
3,531
3,604
3,682
4,133
4,004
Innovation, Group & Services
7
7
Philips Group
4,216
4,218
4,328
4,857
5,044

In 2013, 82% of water was purchased and 18% was extracted from groundwater wells.

Waste

Total waste increased 5% to 92 kilotonnes in 2013 from 88 kilotonnes in 2012. Lighting (77%) and Consumer Lifestyle (12%) account for 89% of our total waste. The increase was mainly due to one-time demolition scrap at a Lighting site in the Netherlands (10 kilotonnes) and a new acquisition in China, mitigated by the exclusion of the AVM&A business in CL and waste reduction programs in all sectors.

Total waste
in kilotonnes
 
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
Healthcare
8.2
11.2
9.3
10.4
9.6
Consumer Lifestyle
20.1
23.2
19.6
12.7
11.4
Lighting
69.3
70.1
65.1
64.5
71.0
Innovation, Group & Services
0.1
0.1
0.0
0.0
0.0
Philips Group
97.7
104.6
94.0
87.6
92.0

Total waste consists of waste that is delivered for landfill, incineration or recycling. Materials delivered for recycling via an external contractor comprised 74 kilotonnes, which equated to 81%, an improvement compared to 77% in 2012, as our manufacturing sites implemented recycling programs. Of the remaining waste, 14% comprised non-hazardous waste and 5% hazardous waste.

Emissions

Emissions of restricted substances totaled 9 kilos in 2013, a significant decrease compared to 55 kilos in 2012, due to a continued reduction in mercury emissions at Lighting and more accurate measurements. The level of emissions of hazardous substances decreased by some 40% from 70,093 to 40,451 kilos, mainly as a result of a decrease in total styrene emissions at Lighting and more accurate measurements mitigated by an increase in xylene emissions in CL. All sectors have reduction programs for the restricted and hazardous substances.

Restricted and hazardous substances
in kilos
 
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restricted substances
272
188
111
55
9
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hazardous substances
32,869
61,795
65,477
70,093
40,451

For more details on restricted and hazardous substances, please refer to Green Operations.

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