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Supporting NIBE Sustainability Goals

NIBE has developed five Sustainability targets for responsible business conduct, which we at Eltwin Group adhere to as part of the NIBE Group. Moreover, in 2014 NIBE made a commitment to adhere to the UN Global Compact, thereby supporting the ten principles with respect to human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption.

Having made a commitment to the UN Global Compact also means working closely with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). NIBE has chosen to work mainly with 7 of the 17 global goals which are incorporated in the sustainability targets. Read more about NIBEs work with the SDGs here External link..

In our view, it entails a responsibility that Eltwin Group is a part of the NIBE Group. Therefore, we have an ambition to contribute to the sustainability targets. Below you can read more about our contribution to the NIBE sustainability targets.

1. Ensuring systematic quality and environmental initiatives

NIBE aims for 100% of the production units to have certified management systems for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. In Eltwin Group we fully contribute to this goal as we are certified in both ISO standards.

Furthermore, we follow the Electronic Industry IPC standards for development and production, to secure our products' quality and function.

2. Increased benefit in our product portfolio

NIBE aims for 70% of sales to consist of LCE classified products by the end of 2026.

At Eltwin Group we are developing products within a business area that contributes to the green transition as renewable energy sources. This means that with our products, we contribute to a transition away from fossil fuels going towards renewable energy sources such as heat pumps that operates on electricity. 82 % of our sales consist of LCE classified products.

3. Reduce CO2 emissions between 2019 and 2030

NIBE has a long-term goal to be carbon neutral by 2050. The goal contributing to this is to reduce direct (scope 1) and indirect (scope 2) CO2 emissions by 65% in 2030 compared to the base year 2019.

Eltwin Group contributes to this goal in the following ways:

  • We focus on collecting and mapping data. We have a system that collects all data, allowing us to monitor the development year by year.
  • Scope 1 emissions are relatively low already as our production units mainly run on electricity. Furthermore, we have acquired more electric and hybrid vehicles, shifting some of our emissions from scope 1 to scope 2.
  • We also have a company policy to use flights as little as possible and to always drive to our site in Poland instead of flying.
  • Additionally, we are working on collecting scope 3 data and collaborating more with our suppliers to collect the correct data. This is on our agenda in 2024.

Better choice of freight options
In 2023 Eltwin Hyper have committed to prioritize the use of sea freight instead of air freight for both international inbound and outbound goods. Following the resumption of stable freight services post-COVID pandemic, Eltwin Hyper implemented strategic production planning to maximize the use of sea freight for movement of all goods internationally. Compared to 2022, this led to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 73% for outbound goods and 68% for inbound goods in 2023, allowing for savings of nearly 15,000 tons of CO2 emissions in 2023. Eltwin Hyper will continue its commitment of lowering carbon footprint through better choice of freight options.

At our Polish site we also think in reducing our scope 3 emissions by changing the location of our external warehouse and thereby shortening the ditance from 40 km to 20 km. With a switch in waste collection company the route has down been shorten by ten times.

4. Continuously declining energy use

NIBEs goal to reduce energy use aims for a 40% reduction by 2030 compared to the baseline year 2019. We contribute to this goal by being less energy-intensive in our processes since our production mainly operates on electricity. Additionally, we have renewable energy certificates for the whole Eltwin Group.

Improving manufacturing processes
In 2023 we made a step towards reducing energy use by improving manufacturing processes at Eltwin Hyper in Australia. This included new equipment purchases including a modernized wave soldering machine and a solder recovery furnace.

The new solder recovery furnace allows Eltwin Hyper to re-purpose over 100 kg of used tin solder every year. This is a double win with better safety in our production processes and a win for the environment when reusing.

5. A safe workplace with no accidents

The final sustainability target that NIBE has is a long-term goal to achieve zero workplace accidents. This can be challenging to achieve with so many employees in the NIBE Group and therefore, a short-term goal is to have an accident frequency rate of fewer than six accidents per million hours worked.

At Eltwin Group, we are pleased to say that we had an accident frequency rate of 0 in 2023. We ensure to maintain this through the implementation of safety processes. Additionally, we have internal systems for registration and follow-up in case any incidents occur.

At Eltwin Hyper, The new solder recovery furnace led to a complete elimination of more than 250 liters of alcohol based toxic cleaning solvents on a yearly basis. In addition, Eltwin Hyper committed the use of new water-based solder fluxes in 2023. This replaced an additional 150 liters of flammable solvents every year used in the production.