Syntegon is offering companies in the pharmaceutical and food industries full transparency on the carbon footprint of all Syntegon machines with a software-based approach certified by TÜV Rheinland, a German Association for technical inspection.
The calculation, which was developed by Syntegon, covers parameters such as electricity, compressed air, media, and packaging materials. Both packaging and processing equipment can be examined with this flexible methodology.
“Our analysis covers the machines’ lifecycle, from manufacture and transport to use. The latter accounts for around two thirds of the entire equipment lifecycle. With the collected data, we effectively support customers in improving their machines and processes in terms of sustainable production and cost reduction,” says Steffen Carbon, responsible for eco-friendly product design at Syntegon.
Syntegon developed the methodology in 2021, also with its own sustainability goals in mind. By 2025, the company hopes to reduce the consumption of particularly energy-intensive equipment by 25 per cent and achieve a consumption that is below industry standards for around 80 per cent of the equipment in its own portfolio.
The newly developed calculation is part of its Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), an evaluation of machine data across the entire lifecycle. In 2021, Syntegon initiated an LCA project to record the CO2 emissions of its machines and reduce them in the long term.
“We are extending our offer by another important module. By knowing the exact consumption and emissions of our machines, we can optimise them continuously and make a further contribution to greater sustainability,” says Marc Braeuninger, responsible for quality management and product compliance at Syntegon.
Following the successful pilot phase and certification, the LCA is still in an early stage. In time, Syntegon intends to expand its service portfolio continuously, among others with a solution for identifying consumption and CO2 values that will provide customers with useful information on how to reduce emissions and support them in their CO2 reporting.
“We need to apply the calculation models in concrete projects to optimize them for customer-specific use, to the benefit of both sides,” Carbon says.
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