Reducing the environmental footprint of its production activity

Emma Botton has a degree in Risk Management - Safety and Environment and is in the process of obtaining a Master's degree in GRiSSE (Master's Degree in Risk Management, Health, Safety and Environment). She has been working for more than a year in the Bosch Mondeville HSE department. She is involved in setting up safety projects, communication on Health-Safety-Environment aspects, risk assessment and all the many other day-to-day tasks of an HSE entity.

In France, it is estimated that the industrial sector alone generates 17.8% of greenhouse gases. However, industrialists have clearly not yet taken the measure of the current and future crisis. If Industry 4.0 and digital technology have and will profoundly transform the sector as we know it, the question of the environment must be at the heart of this evolution.

Assessment of the business environment

In accordance with ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and ISO 50001 certifications, the Bosch Mondeville site has a policy and action programme for Quality, Safety, Environment and Energy in order to take action in these different areas. Every three years, Bosch Mondeville updates its Environmental Analysis, studying the impact of machines, equipment and more generally its activities on the environment.

For example, before equipment is installed, it must be analysed to ensure that it complies with the environmental, technical and safety criteria defined by our HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) department. If the equipment does not comply with all of them, an action plan will be required to bring it into compliance.

Actions to improve environmental performance are regularly implemented. Furthermore, due to the certifications obtained, the company is subject to an audit every year to evaluate the continuous improvement process of the environmental management system and to maintain its certification.

Waste treatment

Bosch Mondeville has been ISO 14001 certified since 2003. This standard defines the rules for integrating environmental concerns into the company’s activities in order to control environmental impacts and thus reconcile the imperatives of company operations and respect for the environment.

According to ADEME* (ecological transition agency), in 2020, companies produced 63 million tonnes of waste. Unfortunately, in that year, every company faced the same difficulty: processing surgical masks. At Bosch Mondeville, adapted bins are provided throughout the site so that these are not thrown away in the wild.

On a daily basis, waste treatment actions are applied. The employees in production have sorting bins for waste at their disposal. The aim is to separate waste that can be recycled from waste that requires specific treatment.

Then, in line with its environmental approach, the site reduces its paper consumption as much as possible and favours black and white printing.

Tonnage by type of waste at Bosch Mondeville (2020) :

The so-called hazardous waste is : soda, solvents, acid, phytosanitary products…
The so-called non-hazardous waste is : ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastic materials, plastic films…

Waste recovery

In 2014, the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEDDE) launched the Waste Reduction and Recovery Plan 2014-2020. Its objective was to halve the amount of waste going to landfill by 2025, with already 30% less in 2020. To achieve this, companies have reinforced recycling (sorting of office paper in them…) and the development of waste recovery.

The Bosch Mondeville site is committed to this approach. Waste is “recovered” by service providers in order to be reused for energy (fuel load, energy recovery, etc.) or materials.

For example, the company has invested in a dehydrator whose task is to reduce food waste to powder after a grinding and drying cycle. This waste is then sent to a methanisation centre for energy recovery.
By 2023, companies will be obliged to sort bio-waste, including waste from the catering industry, but also from individual offices.

Waste recovery rate at Bosch Mondeville (2020) :

The Robert BOSCH group is ambitious in terms of environmental protection, particularly in terms of reducing our environmental impact: the carbon neutral* objective. Bosch Mondeville wishes to reduce its impact even further and does not hesitate to draw inspiration from each other to achieve this goal.

*Achieve carbon neutrality by 2030

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