Henkel’s Sustainability Success is not by Coincidence
Today, with the help of big data and analytics, increasing sustainable manufacturing and a cleaner environmental footprint is no longer an incidental priority, but a manufacturing imperative. One of our customers, Henkel, a global consumer goods manufacturing company, has achieved substantial savings in energy consumption, waste reduction and improved Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) through the adoption of technology from our Operations and Optimisation Management and Monitoring and Control portfolio. But how did Henkel accomplish these savings? This blog post covers some best practices as demonstrated by Henkel.
Setting clear targets
Defining a clear focus and measurable targets is vital in driving a successful sustainability initiative. Henkel is one of the first multinational companies to report on its yearly sustainability achievements. As part of its sustainability strategy, Henkel wants to reduce specific energy consumption by 30% until year 2020 and support ISO 50001 certification of its production sites, as well as improve supply chain resource efficiency on the production side by 5% to 6% annually.
Recognizing the need for a centralized information system that connects data from disparate systems and provides ready analytics in order to be able to identify potential areas where energy and resources usage gaps can be closed, Henkel implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) in its Laundry & Home Care Business Unit.
Sustainability is a continuous process
In less than 3 years after the implementation in the Laundry & Home Care Business Unit, Henkel has seen some amazing results. The EMS enabled Henkel to reduce energy consumption by 9%, reduced filling line waste and eliminated incorrect labelling, resulting in 100% label quality and improved OEE by an average of 4.5% after just one year.
Henkel’s sustainability success is not by pure coincidence but that it has taken on the right approach in every aspect:
- An operational architecture to support EMS - this platform forms the central digital backbone, is system agnostic and able to take on high fidelity data collection including energy measurements on electricity, fossil fuels, air, steam, water, along with monitoring of equipment utilization and waste
- Actionable insights - translating data into meaningful, actionable insights enables individuals to rectify inefficient production operations or processes.
- An empowered workforce – stakeholders are able to obtain and visualize information with ease, enabling improvements regardless big or small to be replicated via the sharing of best practices
- A scalable solution – that is able to add on required modules, growing with Henkel’s business needs
- A committed organization – working towards the common goal on a worldwide basis
To learn more about Henkel’s sustainability success first-hand, join our webinar on July 10th.