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Concept enables SKF customers to reduce their own environmental impact

Gothenburg, Sweden -- SKF has announced the launch of the SKF BeyondZero portfolio that enables SKF customers to reduce their own environmental impact. The environmental improvements provided by solutions within the SKF BeyondZero portfolio are...


Gothenburg, Sweden — SKF has announced the launch of the SKF BeyondZero portfolio that enables SKF customers to reduce their own environmental impact. The environmental improvements provided by solutions within the SKF BeyondZero portfolio are validated through a life cycle assessment methodology developed by SKF sustainability engineers. Results will be reviewed yearly by KPMG.

“The SKF BeyondZero portfolio is a major step for SKF in our development of solutions with reduced environmental impact for our customers. SKF products, solutions and services from our five technology platforms are already improving performance for our customers and enabling them to be more efficient,” says Tom Johnstone, SKF president and chief executive officer. “The launch of these special BeyondZero portfolio solutions shows how further additional energy savings can be achieved and measured in specific applications. The BeyondZero portfolio fully complements and supports the existing range SKF offers for our customers.”

SKF’s customers in all segments and industries are increasingly driven to reduce environmental impact from their own products, services and processes. The SKF BeyondZero portfolio enables SKF customers to improve their own environmental performance. In 2011, SKF estimates the BeyondZero portfolio represented SEK 2.5 billion of sales. The goal is to reach SEK 10 billion by 2016.

“The irony for business is that where once we worried about our impact on the world around us, today the state of the world increasingly impacts the way we do business” says Barend van Bergen, head of KPMG’s Global Center for Excellence for Climate Change & Sustainability. “Population growth, energy and water scarcity are just a few of the global megatrends affecting us. Leading corporations recognize that there is value and opportunity in looking beyond the next quarter’s results, where anticipating societal trends and innovation can help satisfy the needs of both the client and the environment.”

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Products currently included in the SKF BeyondZero portfolio in its industrial market are as follows. (* indicated using a world power grid mix CO2 factor of 0.749 kg CO2/kWh).

– SKF ConRo for the steel industry reduces an estimated average of 1.5 tonnes CO2 per roll line per year. In a normal-sized continuous steel casting machine with 400 roll lines, this means an annual CO2 reduction of approximately 600 tonnes.

– SKF Energy Monitoring Service – Pump Systems recently helped an SKF customer within the pulp and paper industry identify a reduction of its annual electricity demand by up to 2,000MW which equates to more than 1,500 tonnes* of CO2 per year.

– SKF CASM electric cylinders helped Indian Textiles, an SKF customer to reduce their energy use of one printing machine by an estimated 7MWh per year. This reduction translates into a CO2 savings of 5.3 tonnes* per year for only one machine.

– SKF Solar Linear Actuator – CASD-60 contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions by increasing the energy production from one rigid solar panel by 5.8 MWh/year. This equates to a reduction per solution of 4.4 tonnes* CO2/year. On average, a 15% increase in power generation can be anticipated in comparison to rigid PV solar panel systems.

– SKF E2 Deep Groove Ball Bearing: Electric motor-driven systems (EMDS) consume more than 40% of global electricity production according to the International Energy Agency (Walking the Torque, 2011). If all new 1-50 HP motors were equipped with SKF E2 DGBB bearings instead of the standard (SKF) design, 290,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions would be avoided.

– SKF Nautilus bearing for the wind energy segment: A 3 MW wind turbine operating in a typical on-shore installation can produce 9 GWh renewable energy/year displacing around 6,700 tonnes of CO2. The Nautilus and other SKF products and solutions for the wind segment help make this possible.

Certain technologies or sectors are included in the portfolio because it is broadly acknowledged that they displace or replace more environmentally damaging infrastructure or equipment. Accordingly, SKF products, solutions and services provided to wind, solar, tidal power and electric vehicles are automatically included in the portfolio. For more information on the BeyondZero portfolio, visit: beyondzero.com.