Press release #Mobility Aftermarket

Bosch investigates the environmental impact of Aerotwin windshield wipers

New PCF certification ensures detailed comparative values for sustainable production practices

  • System for calculating the product carbon footprint (PCF) enables identification of current, potential, and reduced environmental impact
  • Independent experts from TÜV Rheinland Energy & Environment GmbH certified the PCF system used
  • PCF certifications attest to Bosch Mobility Aftermarket’s commitment to environmental protection and sustainability

Laura Cichecki


Karlsruhe, Germany, and Tienen, Belgium – Whenever a product is manufactured, greenhouse gases are emitted. This means every product has a carbon footprint and an impact on the climate. Now, for the first time, the Bosch Mobility Aftermarket division has determined this footprint, known as the product carbon footprint (PCF), for its Aerotwin windshield wiper across the wiper’s entire manufacturing process. The assessment was carried out in accordance with ISO standard 14067, which ensures the accuracy and comparability of the results and is regarded as the optimum standard for the introduction of PCF systems. To ensure the transparency and credibility of Bosch’s life cycle assessment, independent experts from TÜV Rheinland Energy & Environment GmbH tested and validated the PCF calculation system that Bosch used. This validation provides comparative values that allow the progress made in environmental protection to be presented in an understandable way.

Precise environmental data for individual products

Bosch wants the mobility aftermarket to play a major part in achieving the sustainability goals of the United Nations, especially in relation to climate action. Life cycle assessments drawn up in accordance with ISO 14067, together with the associated ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 standards, make it possible to determine precise environmental data for individual Bosch products. The first implementation focused on Aerotwin windshield wipers measuring 340 mm, 600 mm, and 750 mm in length, which are manufactured at the Bosch plant in Tienen, Belgium. To determine the wipers’ product carbon footprint, the entire production process up to the point at which they leave the factory was examined. A PCF assessment considers emissions not only of carbon dioxide but also of all other greenhouse gases, which are expressed as CO2 equivalents. The results show the total amount of CO2 equivalents emitted during production per wiper blade, including its packaging.

Bosch will continue to drive forward PCF certifications for additional product categories in the mobility aftermarket business with a view to identifying sources of carbon emissions in their production process. Only on this basis can emission reduction measures be developed to minimize the product carbon footprint. Moreover, the certified PCF values serve as a basis for transparent internal and external communication.

Readers’ contact:
Robert Bosch GmbH
Mobility Aftermarket
Phone: +49 9001 942010

Contact person for press inquiries:
Laura Cichecki
Phone: +49 721 942-2982

The Mobility Aftermarket division (MA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with modern diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, products developed in-house and specifically manufactured for the aftermarket, as well as services. About 16,000 associates, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. MA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 13,000 workshops, and more than 1,000 “AutoCrew” partners in over 100 countries. In addition, with Bosch Classic, MA supports owners of classic cars with a wide range of spare parts and services.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 429,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2023). The company generated sales of 91.6 billion euros in 2023. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. With its business activities, the company aims to use technology to help shape universal trends such as automation, electrification, digitalization, connectivity, and an orientation to sustainability. In this context, Bosch’s broad diversification across regions and industries strengthens its innovativeness and robustness. Bosch uses its proven expertise in sensor technology, software, and services to offer customers cross-domain solutions from a single source. It also applies its expertise in connectivity and artificial intelligence in order to develop and manufacture user-friendly, sustainable products. With technology that is “Invented for life,” Bosch wants to help improve quality of life and conserve natural resources. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 470 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. Bosch’s innovative strength is key to the company’s further development. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 90,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 48,000 are software engineers.

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