This paper describes the outline of the energy efficiency and environmental care policy
and management at Siemens Industry Solutions Division. This environmental policy
coherently embraces strategic planning, eco-design of energy-efficient industrial processes
and solutions, design evaluation and finally communication of both environmental
and economic performance of solutions to customers. One of the main tools supporting
eco-design and evaluation & controlling of derived design solutions is the so called
The ECM simply visualizes the eco-efficiency of solutions compared to a given baseline.
In order to prevent from “green washing” criticism and to ensure “walk the talk” attitude
the ECM should be scientifically well-founded using appropriate and consistent methodology.
The vertical axis of an ECM illustrates the environmental performance and the
horizontal axis describes the economical customer benefit of one or more green solutions
compared to a defined reference solution. Different scientific approaches for quantifying
the environmental performance based on life cycle assessment methodology are
discussed especially considering the ISO standards 14040/14044:2006.
Appropriate ECM application is illustrated using the example of the Siemens MEROS®
technology (Maximized Emission Reduction of Sintering) for the steel industry.
MEROS® is currently the most modern and powerful system for cleaning off-gas in
sinter plants. As an environmental technology MEROS® is binding and removing sulfur
dioxide and other acidic gas components present in the off-gas stream by using dry absorbents
and additional electrical power. Advantage in the impact category of acidification
potential (by desulfurization) is a trade-off to disadvantages in global warming and
resource depletion potential caused by use of electricity. Representing different impacts,
indicator results for impact categories with different tendencies have to be compared
category by category and therefore should not be aggregated to a single-score result.
Results communicated in the form of a self-declared environmental claim (type II environmental
labeling, ISO 14021) for MEROS® are presented
|Conference||Risø International Energy Conference 2011|
|Period||10/05/2011 → 12/05/2011|
|Series||Denmark. Forskningscenter Risoe. Risoe-R|
- Energy efficiency
- Life Cycle Assessment
- Self-declared environmental claim