Bathroom products company, Roca Group, has inked an agreement with Schneider Electric to work towards decarbonisation across the entire organisation.
Roca Group operates in 170 countries, owns 85 factories and has a workforce of 24,000 professionals. Though the company has been actively working on the improvement of its environmental footprint for several years, it has decided to broaden its commitments and to establish a common sustainability policy with the help of Schneider Electric's new climate change consulting services.
The collaboration between the two partners will consist of three phases. In the first one, Roca Group will work with Schneider Electric to define its vision of the decarbonisation process, analysing the environment and setting new, more ambitious goals.
During the second phase, Schneider Electric will study Roca Group's plants to set commitments to reduce energy consumption and emissions, to implement sustainable energy generation in the factories and to compensate for those emissions that cannot be eliminated.
Finally, during the implementation phase, Roca Group and Schneider Electric will advance in the digitalisation of the company's processes and will proceed to the sensorisation of the different production centres to monitor and optimise energy consumption in order to reduce costs and emissions.
Schneider Electric will also help Roca Group to define its decarbonisation needs so that, with its own resources, the group can implement projects to reduce emissions and implement sustainable energy.
Roca Group is committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and works to reduce the carbon footprint of its industrial activity, promoting the reduction of water consumption and continuously innovating in the production processes carried out in its plants.
Roca cut carbon dioxide emissions by eight per cent in 2019 compared to the previous year, a figure that escalated to 22 per cent in 2020 due to the company's efforts and the drop in activity in a pandemic context.
In other areas related to the environment, water consumption in the group's plants was cut by 24 per cent last year, and as part of its Zero Waste project, 28 per cent less waste was generated with 71 per cent recoverable in other production processes.
Roca Group CEO, Albert Magrans, said the company works had to optimise production processes by incorporating the latest technologies.
“Far from being satisfied, we want to continue advancing in this strategy and offer all our divisions and factories a common framework that allows us to continue driving our decarbonisation,” he said.
The president of Schneider Electric Iberia, Josu Ugarte, said the company seeks out partners at the forefront of change.
“Companies that incorporate sustainability into their strategy are ahead of legislative requirements, attract more talent, have better access to capital and strengthen their brand and business,” Ugarte said.