AD INDEX Commitment to Sustainability
Dennis Wierzbicki, President, Grundfos Pumps USA Olathe, Kan.
Q: How would you describe your company's approach to sustainability? A: A 60-page document written by our team and shared with every member, the 2010 Grundfos Sustainability Handbook, articulates both the intentions and the goals of our cor- porate sustainability campaign. Broadly, we define our mission in the following four ways: •
Creating new sustainable products and solutions: All new research and develop-
ment projects must somehow boost sustainability. Our innovation will not be restricted to products: It includes all of our processes and activities. •
in our private lives. Examples at Grundfos include “Walk to Work” initiatives, recycling, etc. •
legislation worldwide. Our people raise the sustainability issue whenever they can. •
Encouraging a green mindset: We should think green whenever we can – including Influencing the global agenda: Grundfos will lobby to promote sustainability in Helping the world adapt: Our solutions can help the world adapt to unavoid-
able climate changes through flood control, water recycling, wastewater treatment, more energy-efficient buildings, and more.
Q: What are your sustainable products? A: Within the past three years, we’ve brought to market two of the most significant product introductions in our company’s history: the ALPHA and MAGNA circulators for residential and commercial hydronic-heating systems. Both feature a permanent magnet motor design that cuts power consumption by half—and usually much more—as compared with other circulators in its class. Our SQFlex Systems offer solar and wind-powered pump- ing solutions for ground-water applications. The new CR-H provides optimized duty points to maximize pump efficiency and minimize internal wear, substantially reducing energy costs while extending pump life.
Q: When did you introduce them? A: All of these products made their debut in North America over the past decade, but they have been performing successfully worldwide for an even longer period – up to 20 years.
Q: Why were you motivated to introduce them? A: At Grundfos, we base our decisions on scientific facts. We believe that the world’s current consumption patterns are unsustainable, and that action is required now – from businesses, politicians and individuals. We certainly believe that climate change is real, but that’s just one part of the problem. There is a link between energy usage, climate change and water stress: When we act on one front, we help on all of them. Grundfos is a pump manufacturing company, so we pay special attention to water-related issues. With water stress on the rise, we can help by promoting energy efficiency, resource management and water conservation worldwide.
Q: What do you see as sustainable opportunities in the future? A: We do much to reduce our own environmental impact. Grundfos will never emit more CO2 than we did in 2008. That is a very ambitious goal, but we mean to reach it. Our long-term objective is to become carbon neutral. In striving toward that goal, we will: • •
Reduce our own carbon footprint.
services. • • • • •
Reduce carbon emissions throughout the life cycle of Grundfos products and Reduce our own water consumption.
Reduce energy consumption in our manufacturing processes. Reduce energy consumption in our buildings.
Reduce CO2 emissions associated with the supply of purchased goods. Use more renewable energy.
Q: How does your company support sustainability in other ways? A: We put sustainability first. We take our own medicine by reducing the environmental im- pact of our own activities. We create new sustainable products and solutions, we encour- age a “green” mindset inside and outside of Grundfos, and we influence the global agenda. Action is required now. We at Grundfos are doing our part, and we will do even more. We will also encourage everyone else–businesses, politicians, and individuals–to be part of the solution, too.
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