The lift manufacturer KONE, based in Brüttisellen, Switzerland, is the first in the industry worldwide to operate only CO2-neutral production facilities; the picture shows the Kone test tower in Kunshan, China. Image provided by Kone Schweiz AG

Kone achieves exclusively carbon-neutral manufacturing

11 January 2024 12:24


Wangen-Brüttisellen - The elevator and escalator manufacturer Kone has converted all its production facilities to CO2-neutral operation. The milestone was achieved in 10 plants in seven countries at the end of June 2023.

Kone is the first company in the elevator industry to operate CO2-neutral production facilities worldwide, according to a statement. Kone Schweiz AG is headquartered in Wangen-Brüttisellen in the canton of Zurich. The parent company Kone, based in Espoo near Helsinki in Finland, has 10 plants in seven countries around the world.

The goal of CO2-neutral production was achieved ahead of schedule, at the end of June 2023, writes the statement. "This is a significant step in KONE's ambition to have the most resilient, sustainable and competitive supply chain in the industry," commented Mikko Korte, EVP, KONE Supply Chain. "Sustainability is a core principle in all our businesses and operations. Manufacturing units are an integral part of our supply chain operations and carbon footprint.”

As part of its scope 1 emission targets, Kone is constantly investing in energy efficiency and working on transitioning to electric vehicles in all its manufacturing units. Scope 1 includes all emissions that a company makes and controls directly. Kone has invested in energy efficiency, production line robotics and automation, including the introduction of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems that contribute to increased energy savings. In eight out of 10 factories, conventional forklift trucks have been replaced by electric models and diesel-powered forklift trucks use biofuels.

Kone is one of the world's leading suppliers in the elevator, escalator and automatic door industry. In 2022, more than 60,000 employees in over 1,000 branches across more than 60 countries worldwide generated annual sales of 10.9 billion euros. ce/gba

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