We continuously strive to develop processes that use less material, cut energy consumption and reduce waste.
Our concern for the environment is reflected in:
At Bekaert, we develop products that contribute to a cleaner environment. Ecology is an aspect that is already considered during the R&D phase of new products. In many cases, it is even a driving factor.
Floating wind platforms are an answer to further decarbonize the global energy mix and increase security of supply. Our solutions for wind farms are testimony to our commitment to sustainability. We have several products in our portfolio that are used to build (floating) wind farms: Dramix® for concrete reinforcement, Bezinox® armoring wire to bring electricity ashore via subsea power cables, A-cords timing belts for blade pitch adjustment, superconductor wires for turbine generators, Bekinox® heating cables to de-ice windmill blades, and steel and synthetic mooring lines so platforms stay put.
Our latest coating innovation, Bezinox®, is Bekaert’s new-generation cable armoring solution for submarine power cables that transfer electricity from offshore wind farms to land. The Bezinox® non-magnetic armoring wire with galvanized stainless steel lowers the total cost of ownership by reducing energy losses and heat dissipation, and offering a predictable and reliable coating lifetime.
Thanks to its low permeability, stainless steel reduces energy losses in the armoring that otherwise occur by the cable’s magnetic field. Our solution increases the cable’s efficiency without having to change the cable design. In addition, a-magnetic armoring helps reduce the need for insulation materials to prevent heat dissipation, which is a technical and environmental concern for HVAC cable manufacturers. Finally, the heavy zinc layer protects the wire against pitting and crevice corrosion.
Bekaert’s Bezinox® armoring wire was immediately welcomed by cable producers to armor subsea cables that transmit wind power between countries, the NorthSeaLink between Norway and the United Kingdom being one of the most recent examples.
Bezinox® armored cables also bridge 89 kilometers between the offshore wind farm Hornsea Two and the UK coast. As the largest offshore wind farm in the world, it will power over 1.3 million homes with green electricity. The park will become operational in 2022.
As a global mooring specialist, Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group produces ropes for floating wind turbines and other offshore renewable applications. Keeping multiple large offshore turbines on station in dynamic shallow water conditions brings along unique, mission-critical requirements. Bridon-Bekaert meets those requirements. We offer mooring solutions with ropes produced from steel spiral strand to synthetic fibers and an extended set of technical solutions and services.
BBRG has delivered the first synthetic mooring ropes for a floating wind pilot in Japan. The synthetic fiber rope combines wet yarn coating properties and parallel subrope-type constructions, providing superior fatigue endurance over conventional ropes.
Equinor’s Hywind Tampen project has been awarded to Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group (BBRG) by Aker Solutions (Kværner) with a contract to supply 35 long-term mooring lines for 11 floating offshore wind turbines.
BBRG will supply their SPR2+ product in lengths of 147m of sheathed spiral strand, complete with high strength, easy to connect sockets on custom-designed offshore installation reels.
The Hywind Tampen project is an 88 MW floating wind power project intended to provide electricity for the Snorre and Gullfaks offshore field operations in the Norwegian North Sea. It will be the world’s first floating wind farm to power offshore oil and gas platforms and the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm in industrializing solutions and reducing costs for future offshore wind power projects. Equinor’s Hywind Tampen project will be the first floating wind array using steel spiral strand as mooring lines, a solution balancing the need for strength, compliance and maximal robustness against cutting or abrasion.
Bekaert’s super-tensile and ultra-tensile steel cord ranges for tire reinforcement are examples of our sustainability focus as from the R&D phase. These steel cords allow tire makers to produce tires with a lower weight, thinner plies, and lower rolling resistance. This revolution enables a potential 15% reduction in weight of the reinforcement areas of tires, thereby reducing the CO2 emissions of a vehicle by up to 5%, which leads to a global reduction of almost 1.5 billion kg of CO2, based on 2020 data.
(GRI 305-5 scope 3)
Bekaert provides heating cables with a superior performance, enabling Adblue® systems to work very effectively for diesel engines. The heating cables guarantee that the Adblue® systems work under cold conditions. Adblue® systems reduce the NOx levels with more than 90%, turning these into harmless N2 and H2O, leading to a cleaner environment.
Dramix® steel fibers for concrete reinforcement use 50% less steel, in weight, compared to traditional steel reinforcement solutions. The installation process of Dramix® reinforced concrete also offers other benefits, such as a lower total cost of ownership, durable constructions, and the safety and ergonomic advantages for builders during the installation.
Murfor® Compact, Bekaert’s high-performance masonry reinforcement, is a sturdy mesh of high tensile strength steel cords, supplied on a roll for thin joint masonry and glued brickwork. The strong structure of the reinforcement controls cracks and strengthens masonry. This lightweight product is easy to handle and install. As the product can be cut to size on-site, scrap is reduced to an absolute minimum.
Fortifix®, Bekaert’s latest reinforcement solution for renovating road cracking, retains its high stiffness and optimal elongation even after installation and continuous, heavy traffic. Its anti-reflective cracking interlayer is an easy-to-use steel cord structure for non-structural road renovations that not only provides a high service-life, but is also 100% recyclable. Thanks to its user-friendly format, Fortifix® can be easily rolled out on rough and smooth surfaces.
Other examples of Bekaert product developments that lead to more environmentally friendly applications are:
Prevention and risk management play an important role in Bekaert’s environmental policy. This includes measures against soil and ground water contamination, responsible use of water and worldwide ISO 14001 certification.
( GRI 102-11)
Our ambition is to develop eco-friendlier production processes for our plants worldwide. We do this by implementing worldwide initiatives that aim to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions and by installing energy-efficient infrastructure and equipment in our new plants and plant extensions.
Responsible use of energy is a continuous concern at Bekaert.
Proalco, Bekaert’s subsidiary in Colombia, has received a level 3 gold category award for being a competitive and efficient company in the implementation of energy efficiency and sustainability actions”. The award was granted by Corporación Ambiental Empresarial (CAEM), an organization set up by the Camara de Comercio de Bogota (CCB) with support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF).
The organization promotes a transfer toward sustainable technologies through the application of energy efficiency projects in industrial companies in Colombia, in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve productivity and competitiveness.
Details of actuals and targets are described below in ‘Energy Related Data’.
Responsible water process management is another aspect of our efforts to make our production processes more eco-friendly.
Total energy consumption = 4 577 GWh Of which:
Energy Intensity Ratio(1):
Methodology used: the energy data are monitored in a central database.
43% of the electricity needs came from renewable energy sources in 2020.
Bekaert has determined ambitions to increase the share of renewable energy for the longer term (2025). By 2025 we want to increase the share of renewable energy to 55%.
GHG emissions from outbound logistics:
GHG intensity ratio from outbound logistics:
GhG emissions from company cars & busses (excluding JVs): 3 606 ton CO2/year
GHG emissions from business travel (air): 1 700 ton CO2 (without radiative forcing (RF))
The CO2 footprint has been calculated based on the country specific kWh to CO2 conversion factors per individual country as listed in the 2019 'International Energy Agency’ CO2 conversion standards.
GHG Intensity Ratio:
Taking into account the efforts we are making and the ambitions we are defining to increase the share of energy from renewable sources, our GHG emissions are to reduce by 25% in 2025 versus the reference year 2015 (see ambitions and glossary).
Total water withdrawal was 8 088 megaliter (ML) of which 4 651 ML from areas with water stress(2)
Freshwater withdrawal by source:
Total water discharge is 3 595 ML in 2020 of which 1 823 ML to areas with water stress.
Water discharge by destination:
Water discharge to areas with water stress was 1 823 ML of which 717 ML freshwater and 1 106 ML other water.
Our water discharge is filtered at our own premises.
Total water consumption was 4 493 ML of which 2 828 ML from areas with water stress.
(1)Data provided by the respective plants
(2)Water stress: in areas with water stress, the ratio of total annual water withdrawal to total available annual renewable water supply is high (40-80%) or extremely high (>80%).