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  • March 16, 2012
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Europe's leading manufacturer of household appliances is shifting the majority of its national goods transportation from the roads to the railways.

By 2020, BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH aims to reduce the CO2 emissions of its goods transports by around 20 percent compared to 2006 levels. This is seen as a model project within the framework of the Kyoto Protocol and, under the title “BSH Transportation Shift Project,” has now been officially recognized as a climate protection initiative by the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt). BSH is the first company in Europe to receive CO2 certificates for its environmentally friendly transportation and for the carbon dioxide emissions saved by switching from road to rail.

BSH has been committed to environmentally friendly logistics concepts for many years now. The aim of the innovative “BSH Transportation Shift Project” is to transfer the long-distance transportation of household appliances in Germany from the country's roads to its rail network wherever possible. In future, an even greater number of the washing machines, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, and other BSH appliances both large and small will be transported by rail. “We are trying to be as environmentally friendly and conserve as many resources as possible at all stages of the value added chain – including transportation of goods,” explains Hans-Gerd Bauerfeind, who is in charge of logistics at BSH. With the Transportation Shift Project, the BSH Group is assuming a pioneering role within the framework of the Kyoto Protocol. Until now, hardly any climate protection projects have been implemented in the transportation sector or approved as a “joint-implementation project” by the German Emissions Trading Authority. The “joint implementation” mechanism defined in the Kyoto Protocol can continue in the period after 2012 due to the results of the climate summit in Durban. BSH will use the certificates to compensate for CO2 emissions generated by other areas of the Group.

Environmental and climate protection is part of the core business at BSH. BSH engineers are always working to improve the user-friendliness and performance of household appliances, but also to reduce power and water consumption. BSH is the first manufacturer of household appliances to compile its most efficient appliances in a single Super Efficiency Portfolio and have the figures confirmed by auditors. Each year, this portfolio features only the most efficient appliances available on the market. The super-efficient appliances sold by BSH in Europe in 2010 alone are responsible for saving 1.9 billion kilowatt hours of power. The achievements made by BSH in the field of climate and environmental protection earned the company the very first German Sustainability Award back in 2008 as Germany's Most Sustainable Company. At the beginning of 2012, BSH was also recognized as a climate protection company by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and officially received into the climate protection and energy efficiency group of German businesses.

NACH-047 - March 16, 2012

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