You probably don’t think much about how elevators contribute to your carbon footprint, but the numbers add up pretty quickly. “An individual generates about 6.5 kg of carbon emissions per year by taking the elevator,” the University of Michigan notes. In context, “that works out to half a metric ton of carbon emissions over a lifetime.” Today, one of the elevator industry leaders Thyssenkrupp Elevator announced new initiatives to tackle the industry’s emissions problem.
“By 2030, thyssenkrupp Elevator is targeting a carbon footprint reduction of 25%, and by 2040, thyssenkrupp Elevator is aiming to reduce its GHG emissions by 50%,” the company says in a press release published a few hours ago.
Sustainability work a business imperative for Thyssenkrupp Elevator
Thyssenkrupp Elevator has never set such aggressive carbon targets before but the company’s sustainability work isn’t new — and the company sees it as a business imperative.
“Our focus on reducing energy use throughout our operations will not only help our bottom line, but also provide the safest and most environmentally responsible products for our customers,” says Monica Miller Brown, a Sustainability Design Manager at Thyssenkrupp Elevator.
“thyssenkrupp Elevator’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and the health of our customers extends to our own operations with these aggressive carbon targets,” she adds.
To what extent can fleet optimization and route efficiency planning help?
Numerically, with fleet optimization and route efficiency planning, Thyssenkrupp Elevator plans to achieve two-thirds of their total carbon reductions with its new initiatives. For context, the company’s current service fleet accounts for 55 percent of the company’s fuel gallons used in the U.S.
In North America, the company will focus on accelerating the implementation of alternative fuel vehicles into its fleets. Their new VIEW platform will also help them achieve this by focusing on improving technician driving efficiency.
“Manufacturing initiatives will account for approximately 25% of the GHG reduction, while other efforts will include implementing various energy-efficient measures at more than 150 Thyssenkrupp Elevator locations throughout the U.S,” the company shares.
Lauren Beauban is an Editorial Fellow at theRising, where she covers sustainability news and influential people in the industry. She is also interested in environmental policy and how it affects people. You can pitch her stories at firstname.lastname@example.org