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Key driving factors and best practices for sustainable manufacturing

The green transformation of China’s manufacturing sector is key for a low-carbon future. Businesses need to become more resource-efficient, embrace new technologies and change the way they operate. This seminar introduced perspectives on best practices for companies regarding sustainable manufacturing.

A holistic approach of energy saving in production

Julia Asplund, Scania, gave an overview about energy efficiency in Scania and how the drive towards decarbonization influenced their new zero-emission factory in Rugao in China’s Jiangsu province. She elaborated on Scania’s holistic view of energy saving in production which covers four levels: organizational, site, workshop and process levels.

Looking on the organizational level Scania focuses on global as well as Chinese sustainability targets and scientific reasoning for implementing their measures into their new factory in Rugao. This includes, for example, standardized working processes to incorporate energy efficiency, continuous energy awareness training for their employees and project leaders and many more targets. On the remaining levels they mainly focus the three Rs: renewable, re-use and reduce. Julia Asplund explained this more in detail with different first-hand examples used at the plant.

Enhancing manufacturing sustainability – an infrastructure perspective

Mr. Zhang Shuhao, Drees & Sommer, talked about enhancing manufacturing sustainability and future-oriented manufacturing from an infrastructure perspective and from a product perspective. As a case study he presented phase 1 of Schaeffler’s new campus in Taicang.

After a general introduction Zhang Shuhao explained the first phase of Schaeffler’s future- oriented campus in Taicang. The new campus was built focusing on the DGNB certification system. As an example, the indoor thermal comfort and heating is based on the DGNB targets and materials used in the offices are made sure to fit the DGNB requirements, thus, making Schaeffler’s Taicang campus to the first gold certified production building in China.

The keynote speeches were followed by a Q&A round further highlighting achievements and challenges of developing a sustainable manufacturing environment.
We are happy to provide a platform for exchange of best practices from businesses for businesses!

A huge thank you goes out to the speakers of this seminar.

  • Julia Asplund, Sustainability Officer at Scania Production China
  • Zhang Shuhao, Project Partner and Head of Building Services in the Engineering Department at Drees & Sommer Engineering Consulting

and all participants.

This seminar is part of the seminar series China 30.60, organized by German Centre Beijing and AHK Greater China.

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