It’s a major milestone: our brand-new Chinese plant has become a reality with the completion of the office building end of last year. With this highly sustainable, Industry 4.0-ready site, we finally have the facilities to match our big commercial ambitions for China. This is a big moment for our China business, and for the sustainability ambitions of our whole company.
A 700-kW geothermal heat pump is used for both heating and cooling, greatly reducing energy consumption. Heat collected from the building in summer is stored in more than 100 wells, located 90 meters deep under the workshop.
The facilities in Jiaxing have achieved LEED-certified platinum for the main office building, and gold for the production site and warehouse – making us a leader in our industry, and contributing to our mission of bringing a zero-carbon future closer.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. LEED certification is a globally recognised symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership. “There are plenty of LEED-certified buildings in China, but typically these are commercial buildings such as hotels or hospitals. It’s very unusual to find these in an industrial park. Also, we were the first to be certified with LEED version 4, which is more stringent than previous versions,” says Patrick. Employee wellbeing is central, as reflected in features such as the amount of daylight, refreshed air and temperature controls.