CAREL and all its employees act in compliance with the ruling laws and regulations when carrying out their duties to protect the environment, reduce pollution and contribute to the achievement of exemplary results in this sector. In addition, CAREL contributes to the promotion of scientific and technological development for the protection of the environment and resources at the appropriate levels and during the performance of its activities.
As noted, dedicated resources at the parent and Carel Electronic (Suzhou) Co. Ltd. manage environmental issues as both sites are ISO 14001:2015 certified. They prepare specific environmental policies to flank those defined at group level.
Although it is not exposed to particularly significant risks, CAREL has identified the following possible environmental impacts related to emissions (harmful ozone gas, greenhouse effect, pollutants) and consumption of natural resources (electrical energy, natural gas, water, raw materials). It monitors and manages these impacts constantly to ensure compliance with the ruling legal requirements of the countries where it operates.
Management’s current approach is to assess the energy efficiency of production equipment, vehicles used to transport people and things and technical and technological systems before it purchases them. For example, although the parent does not have structured programmes for energy efficiency improvement, it has projects to replace light bulbs with reduced energy consumption LED lighting, to replace cars with internal combustion heat engines with hybrid vehicles and to improve the thermal insulation of buildings (external coverings and shutters for windowed surfaces). In addition, it is redesigning its current work environment air-conditioning systems to replace the present systems with more energy efficient ones.
Over the next few years, the group plans to double the site in China (CSZ, Carel Electronic -Suzhou) and
extend that in the US (CUS, Carel United States), with a 9% increase in capacity already in 2019. This will lead to a rise in consumption and the related emissions despite the fact that the new sections of the production sites have been designed using maximum efficiency systems. Another efficiency project for the foreign sites is that for Carel Adriatic (CHR) which will have a new air-conditioning system in 2019.
CAREL’s energy consumption is driven by its manufacturing plant, lighting, heating and cooling of the work environments. In addition, its fleet of company cars and logistics vehicles used for internal transport between the different buildings of the same production site also contribute.
The available energy sources vary depending on the operating requirements and geographical areas in
which CAREL's production sites are located. Electrical energy consumption by the sites in China and
South America also include consumption for the heating systems.
While it continues to be a priority for the group, protection of the environment and natural resources is
given greater or lesser importance by the foreign production sites and commercial companies depending on their location, the local regulations and availability of resources. Therefore, differences in the plants used and legislation impose scope limitations and require clarification about atmospheric emissions. Information about at least the higher impact emissions is given for each production site.
For example, the ozone depleting substances considered vary depending on the plants and refrigerants used. Regular maintenance is carried out at all sites in line with an annual plan to ensure the highest efficiency levels and to reduce the consumption of ozone depleting gases.
With respect to emissions of NOx, SOx and other significant atmospheric emissions, the Brazilian site (CSA, Carel South America) does not emit VOC.