State government praises excellent energy concept Environment Award for Businesses 2012 for Bosch High level of annual CO2 savings

  • Sophisticated energy concept at the Reutlingen location with a combined heat and power plant, heat pumps, photovoltaics, a solar thermal system, waste-heat utilization, and water recovery
  • Annual CO2 emissions reduced by 10,000 metric tons
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Stuttgart – Robert Bosch GmbH and its Reutlingen location have received the 2012 Environment Award for Businesses from the government of the state of Baden-Württemberg. Bosch received the judges' award in the "energy excellence" category. The citation described Bosch as a company whose scope of activities for generating renewable power, saving energy, and developing solutions for increasing the company's energy efficiency is exemplary". Baden-Württemberg's environment minister Franz Untersteller presented the award yesterday evening at a ceremony in the Neues Schloss palace in Stuttgart.

„Environmental protection and sustainable business management are a central objective of our corporate strategy. Nearly half of Bosch's research and development budget already goes toward eco-friendly products,” said Dr. Werner Struth, the Robert Bosch GmbH board of management member responsible for environmental protection. “Bosch sales of renewable energy technology have grown strongly since 2004, from 125 million to around 1.5 billion euros in 2011.”

The Reutlingen location has a sophisticated energy concept. All the waste heat from production processes is exploited, water is recovered, and the cooling-water and heating systems are interlinked. This reduces consumption of fossil fuels and saves on electricity for re-cooling. Other aspects of the energy concept include a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, heat pumps, flue-gas heat exchangers, a solar heating system, and a photovoltaic array. Together with efficient production processes and modern plant engineering, the concept helps Bosch save around 10,000 metric tons of CO2 a year at the Reutlingen location. Rather than by burning fossil fuels, 90 percent of the modern wafer fab's heat requirement is met by way of waste-heat utilization, a renewable form of energy.

In addition, the site management makes use of several electric vehicles. Soon, all associates will be able to recharge their electric cars or ebikes at the charge spots installed on site.

At its Reutlingen location, Bosch develops and manufactures sensors, semiconductors, and electronic control units for use in cars, smartphones, and ebikes. The site workforce comprises some 6,800 associates and 230 apprentices.

For more information about Bosch's commitment to the environment, visit

Background: Environment Award for Businesses 2012
The Environment Award for Businesses 2012 is a management award presented by the state of Baden-Württemberg to companies that make exemplary efforts to maintain and protect the environment. Companies receive awards in the following three categories: “Commerce and services”, “Trade”, and “Industry”. In addition, a company receives the jury award for "energy excellence" if it is particularly exemplary in generating renewable power, saving energy, and developing solutions for increasing the company's energy efficiency.

Winning companies are selected by judges comprising representatives from business, environmental organizations, and science institutes, as well as from the ministries of environment, climate, and energy and of finance and economics. A total of 15 companies were nominated for the award in 2012. The award is endowed with a prize of 10,000 euros for each recipient. The prize money must be spent on environmental protection measures at the company. For further information (German only), visit

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

Additional information is available online at and,

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