IPCC report 2013: “Energy efficiency must be given greater priority” Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH

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Statements by Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH:

“From a global perspective, work to improve energy efficiency is not progressing fast enough. If the target of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius is to be reached, measures to increase energy efficiency must be given greater priority.”

“Apart from the responsibility that industry itself has to shoulder, it is also up to politicians to act. Politics has to give the right signals, and create a framework that will encourage as many consumers as possible to use existing energy-efficiency technologies.”

“Bosch is leading by example: by 2020, we have set ourselves the target of reducing the CO2 emissions from our manufacturing locations by 20 percent from their 2007 levels. In other words, we are constantly optimizing energy efficiency in all our business sectors. The results are promising: between 2007 and 2012, we were able to reduce our relative CO2 emissions by 15 percent. In plants that have already fully completed the move to energy-saving processes, it has been possible to reduce emissions by more than 30 percent.”

“There are still enormous unused opportunities for significantly improving energy efficiency in existing buildings, using technology that is already available. Optimizing buildings’ energy efficiency by using new, efficient heating technology that also exploits renewable sources of energy is something that can be achieved quickly and simply. For example, timeworn heating systems can be replaced. In Germany alone, the nationwide use of modern heating systems could save 50 million metric tons of CO2 per year. This is roughly equivalent to one-third of all the CO2 emitted by traffic in Germany.”

“In the industrial sector as well, there are still potential energy savings: by 2030, the energy demand of the secondary sector can be reduced by roughly one-quarter if state-of-the-art technology is used across the board. We support companies with comprehensive advice and our systems expertise, helping them save energy in drive and control technology as well as electricity and heat management.”

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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.

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