BDR Thermea Group took strides forward on sustainability in 2020, investing heavily in developing a broad range of technologies to decarbonise space and water heating – in line with our mission to bring a zero-carbon future closer, through smart heating technology.
Over the past three years, we have tripled our investments in heat pumps and hybrids, and we launched more than 20 new heat pump product lines in 2020.
Building on our pioneering development and trial of the world’s first high efficiency 100% hydrogen boiler in 2019, we have extended this to multiple pilots in UK, France and the Netherlands. We last year became a member of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, to further promote the use of this climate-neutral energy carrier.
We worked to reduce our carbon impact as a company, cutting our footprint by 16% in 2020 - in part thanks to our shift to green electricity in Germany. Last June, we started operating a state-of-the-art new plant with a near-zero carbon footprint in China, the world’s largest boiler market. The factory has multiple sustainable features, including FSC-certified wood and many renewable or re-used materials such as old concrete and brick, smart sunshades, photovoltaic solar panels and a geothermal heat pump for both heating and cooling.
“The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated change as never before, fuelling megatrends that are key in our industry, such as the energy transition and digitalisation,” says CEO Bertrand Schmitt. “Our customers are becoming increasingly aware of their carbon footprint and demanding new solutions that fulfil their need for space and water heating devices that dramatically reduce the impact on the environment.”
Bertrand Schmitt | CEO BDR Thermea Group
COVID-19 created a public health crisis of unprecedented proportions and made clear how important BDR Thermea products are for fundamental hygiene. We worked flat out to continue keeping homes, hospitals and businesses supplied with heating, hot water and maintenance services all through the lockdown periods.
We offered important ad hoc support as needed. For example, our Baxi Heating business in the UK urgently changed its manufacturing schedule to prioritise production of hot water heaters for hospital isolation units. Our plants in the UK and Spain switched their use of 3D printers from making prototype boiler components to frames for protective face masks. Baxi Spain & Portugal participated in the production of assisted respirators and other sanitary materials.
“I’m extremely proud of how everyone at BDR Thermea Group – all countries, departments and teams around the world – worked together to navigate the challenges of 2020,” says Bertrand.