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Our sustainability approach

The topic of sustainability is firmly anchored in our values and has been an integral part of our corporate culture for decades. We are convinced that business and responsibility go hand in hand. That is why we are constantly driving forward our commitment to sustainability. Our aim is to have as little impact as possible on the environment. As a globally active company, we pursue a holistic approach to sustainability along the entire value chain and across all divisions.

Climate action across the entire value chain

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity – stopping climate change is a task for the whole of society. As part of the Bosch Group, we are also committed at Bosch Power Tools to play a pioneering role in climate protection. As early as 2020, the Bosch Group with its more than 400 locations worldwide has been carbon neutral overall (scope 1 & 2)*. Four levers were used to achieve carbon neutrality: increasing energy efficiency, generating our own energy from renewable sources (new clean power), purchasing electricity from renewable sources (green electricity), and – as the last resort – using carbon credits to offset residual CO₂ emissions.

At the same time, we also want to reduce emissions produced outside Bosch’s direct sphere of influence (scope 3), for example at suppliers, in logistics, or when our products are used. Our aim is to reduce these upstream and downstream emissions by 15 percent in absolute terms by 2030, compared with the baseline year 2018 – irrespective of our company’s growth.

As early as 2020, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) endorsed our climate targets for the 1.5 degree pathway.** Bosch now has science-based climate targets for the entire value chain – from purchasing to the product use phase.

Infographic showing the climate goals of the Bosch Group.

The three scopes at a glance

Scopes 1, 2 and 3 are used according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard.

Scope 1

Scope 1 includes CO₂ emissions resulting from the combustion of fossil fuels such as petrol, diesel, heating oil, natural gas and coal, as well as all of the company's process gases.

Scope 2

Scope 2 includes indirect carbon emissions attributable to energy consumed in the form of electricity, district heating, and steam.

Scope 3

Scope 3 is divided into upstream and downstream emissions. Upstream emissions in the value chain primarily concern purchased goods and services as well as logistics. Downstream emissions are mainly caused by the product use.

Our four levers for climate neutrality

Our climate neutrality strategy for Scope 1 and 2 comprises four levers. These are being continuously optimized in order to ensure the greatest possible impact.

Portrait of Isabelle Gola, Head of Sustainability at Bosch Power Tools

We are working just as consistently to achieve our scope 3 target. The focus is primarily on the goods purchased, the materials and packaging used, product design and efforts to achieve a circular economy.

Isabelle Gola, Head of Sustainability at Bosch Power Tools

Our strategic pillars of sustainability

Our Scope 3 target is to also reduce our upstream and downstream emissions by 15 percent in absolute terms by 2030 compared to the base year 2018. We are focusing on the areas of product design and materials, circular economy, supply chain as well as cooperations and enablement.

Sustainability report of the Bosch Group

Sustainability report 2923 of the Bosch Group.

Sustainability report

With the annual sustainability report, the Bosch Group makes its actions transparent comprehensive and comparable, in accordance with the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative.

* Scopes 1, 2, and 3 are used here in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard. We have taken into account the effects of CO₂ and of other greenhouse gases, as well as climate-relevant substances, to the extent that these are of relevance for the analysis. To enable comparability between the climate impact of the various greenhouse gases and substances of relevance for the climate, emissions are presented in CO₂ equivalents. For ease of reading, we use the terms CO₂ and CO₂ equivalents synonymously.

** Robert Bosch GmbH’s entry in the SBTi’s target dashboard.