Bertrand Schmitt | CEO BDR Thermea Group
In China, the world’s largest boiler market, BDR Thermea Group has built a near-zero carbon factory, which started operating in June 2020. Those new facilities in Jiaxing recently passed the final review and achieved LEED-certified platinum for the main office building, and gold for the production site and warehouse – making BDR Thermea a leader in our industry. Now, the local government in China is using our factory to attract other long-term investors to push and stimulate sustainability. To reduce pollution levels, China is cutting coal use in household heating in favour of natural gas.
At our Bassano del Grappa site in Italy, the green hydrogen for the lab and testing facility has since 2018 been generated by an electrolyser fed by electricity coming from solar panels installed on the roof of the factory.
We’re making progress on our other SDGs, too. Take gender equality: there’s no doubt this is a challenge in our male-dominated industry but we’re working hard to gradually narrow the gender gap at BDR Thermea. Our supervisory board and management board are 25% female.
We believe that increased diversity of gender, cultures, nationalities, views and more benefit the quality of our decision-making and business operations. An inclusive approach also ensures we can attract and retain the best talents in society, and so perform better as a company.
“The SDGs provide a great framework to build out our sustainability efforts even further,” says CEO Bertrand Schmitt. “We’re happy to take that responsibility and look forward to making more progress on our chosen SDGs. The journey has begun and we’re on our way.”