Who is able to recover lost energy,
and to make drastic savings in water and raw materials?
Addressing the fundamental challenges of increasingly scarce natural resources and accelerating climate change, Fives proposes innovative, value creating solutions. The Group has pursued a proactive strategy within its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy, for the past several years, focused around two primary areas including:
- Reducing environmental impact across all industrial sites
- Developing technologies for customers that combine environmental performance with operational excellence
FIVES INDUSTRIAL SITES WORLDWIDE
OF FIVES industrial SITES HAVE RECEIVED ISO 14001 CERTIFICATION
OF GROUP SITES HAVE PUT IN PLACE ACTIONS TO REDUCE THEIR ENERGY CONSUMPTION
Combining environmental performance and operational excellence
On its own sites, the Group is putting in place programs to manage resources sustainably and reduce its environmental impact. These programs are evidence of Fives' commitment to support all its industrial sites, worldwide, to achieve ISO 14001 certification, within the framework of a voluntary process of continuous improvement.
While only 14 industrial sites were ISO 14001 certified in 2012, the Group now counts 33.
In 2019, Fives decided to strengthen its commitment to fighting climate change by setting itself a new overall objective regarding its energy consumption: reducing its energy consumption per hour worked between 2018 and 2022 by 10%.
Developing solutions providing high environmental value
Fives designs and manufactures equipment and production facilities for industries which have an undeniable impact on the environment (production of cement, steel, aluminium, etc.). However, for years, the Group has been working to make improvements in these areas. As an advisor to industrial manufacturers, the Group has a crucial role to play in the design of products and services with better environmental performance. Improving energy efficiency in manufacturing processes, limiting the consumption of natural resources and pollutant emissions, and contributing to the circular economy are all challenges which the Group has integrated into its offer and its R&D processes.
Indeed, R&D is not limited to bringing to market new industrial equipment. “Revamping” or “upgrading” is one of the Group’s major areas of focus for innovation: working to achieve the polar opposite of planned obsolescence, the teams at Fives aim to find solutions to help their clients’ equipment last longer and improve with age. In return for its clients’ investment in equipment, the Group is therefore planning to systematically include “revamping” support in its sales offer.
From its beginnings, Fives has been developing a vision for sustainable industry; its R&D strategy is designed to integrate equipment life-cycle management from the design phase, in support of a long-term strategy for excellence.
INNOVATIONS SERVING ENVIRONMENT
Recycling to rebuild
A virtuous example of the circular economy
Designed and manufactured by Fives, the FCB Rhodax is a crusher which processes concrete waste for re-use. The material obtained from the crushing process can be re-used as a cement additive, reducing consumption of natural resources and CO2 emissions generated by the production of cement.
The most eco-compatible burners on the market
Industry can do it
The Pillard NANOxFLAM® ultra-low NOx gas burner range welcomes a new addition - a compact version. Fives' teams were able to divide its NOx emissions (nitrogen oxide) by five at the furnace level, which is vital for quality of air.
When digital technologies help protect the environment
Fives has developed a range of Virtuo software solutions to optimize management of its furnace, and even the entire galvanized sheet furnace line.
Virtuo management offers improved control of the furnace atmosphere and reduces NOx emissions.
In addition Virtuo guarantees both higher production efficiency by adjusting and optimizing in real time the order of products sent to production depending on their heating strategies, and better quality.