Sustainability at Miele

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'Green steel' first introduced in series production on ovens

From November 2021 on, Miele will be using just under 24 tonnes of low-carbon steel per month in the production of 60 cm ovens. The CO2 emissions generated in manufacturing this material are reduced by more than 66 % by harnessing climate-friendly energy sources and reusing scrap steel. In introducing this change, Miele is making an initial contribution to further reducing emissions from purchased goods and services (Scope 3.1) and taking an important step towards achieving its ambitious sustainability targets. This 'green steel' will be used to produce a cover plate for cookers and ovens, all of which are produced at Miele's Oelde plant. Further applications in other Miele products are currently under review.

Miele supports the 2°C initiative and the 'We Mean Business' coalition for climate neutrality and greater climate protection

At the outset of detailed exploratory negotiations in Germany, Miele, along with just under 70 other reputable companies, demanded an ambitious cross-sector climate policy in the spirit of the Paris Agreement. As a leading industrial nation, Germany needs clear and reliable framework conditions with respect to effective and competitive climate protection. For this to happen, the potential coalition partners in Berlin must lay the groundwork by making key decisions. Internationally, Miele supports the 'We Mean Business' coalition in the run-up to the G20 summit in Rome in the interests of a greater commitment to climate protection by national states.

New 2021 sustainability report available

Miele has reduced the consumption of its domestic appliances based on energy labels by around 72% over the past 20 years, despite ongoing improvements in convenience and performance. These and a further 70 or so other key indicators feature in the tenth Sustainability Report published in October 2021. Also a matter of focus: The many benefits which result from the longevity of washing machines, dishwashers and other appliances from Miele – to consumers and for the environment. The overarching focus of the new report is the Miele Group's climate strategy. This also provides the point of departure for defining further objectives as part of Miele's new sustainability strategy.

Detergents and care products from Miele now even environmentally friendlier – in terms of ingredients and packaging

In October, Miele is set to launch a second detergent product line under the 'Eco' designation with ingredients which are even more environmentally friendly for use on dishwashers: The PowerDisk All in 1 Eco contains detergent, rinse aid, salt and a glassware protection formula. Those who prefer to dispense detergent conventionally can opt for the equally versatile UltraTabs All in 1 Eco. Both products meet the stringent requirements of the NordicSwan environmental label. These products are free from microplastics, fragrances, preservatives and colorants and do not contain benzotriazole, used to prevent silver from tarnishing. Alongside the ingredients, Miele has also redesigned the packaging across the entire range of products. In order to avoid plastic waste to the greatest extent possible, Miele has switched to using 100% recycled plastics for the PowerDisk container. The same applies for a large proportion of detergent packaging.

Ambitious targets for Scope 3 emissions

At its traditional autumn press conference, the company announced a concrete goal for emissions from the usage phase of appliances which make up the bulk of so-called Scope 3: By 2030, these emissions are to be reduced by 15% compared with 2019 sales figures (in accordance with Scope 3.11 of balancing provisions pursuant to the international standards of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol). In view of the progress made in terms of the energy efficiency of appliances over the past 10 years, this is an exceptionally ambitious target.

Miele sets itself Scope 1 and Scope 2 emission targets

As part of a further contribution towards greater climate protection, Miele has been CO2-neutral across all its locations since 2021. This refers to greenhouse gas emissions resulting from its own production processes (Scope 1) as well as those in power generation by its energy suppliers (Scope 2). Miele subscribes to the objectives of the Paris Climate Accord to limit global warming compared with the pre-industrial era to clearly below 2°C or, better than that, to below 1.5°C. For this purpose, the company joined the so-called Science-Based Targets Initiative (STBi) in January and hence commits to pursuing reductions in emissions based on scientific evidence. This includes long-term goals along the entire value-creation chain, for example in the sourcing of raw materials, during product use, at the disposal stage and in transportation (Scope 3).

Miele Sustainability Report 2019

Miele's 2019 Sustainability Report shows just how important it is for us to produce highly efficient and innovative domestic appliances and commercial machines: They lead the way towards greater sustainability in the home. What Miele is doing to promote sustainability and climate protection at its various locations is presented by the report in an easily comprehensible and readable manner - to the benefit of all our stakeholders. Further information is provided in our press release, www.miele-presse.de/sustainability.

In the realm of ideas

For more than a year now, Miele's budding talent has been playing and researching in the Ideenreich company-affiliated day care centre for children in Gütersloh. In the direct neighbourhood of the company's headquarters, young children are taken good care of whilst their parents are at work at their desks or in washing machine production. From babies to children almost of school age, around 70 children visit the Gütersloh nursery. 'Spirit of Research', a glove puppet with a telling name is always present: research, experimentation and trial and error plays a key role at the IdeenReich centre.

Miele achieves first place in Sustainability Image Score (SIS)

Just how consumers view sustainability depends not on the branch of industry concerned but on corporate culture. Looked at this way, Miele has the best sustainability image. This was the outcome of the 'Sustainability Image Score 2017' survey. The aim of the study was to ascertain the influence sustainability and corporate responsibility has on the image of companies, consumers’ willingness to buy and customer loyalty. Click here for further information (in German): www.sustainability-image-score.com

TotalEQuality Award goes to Miele

We see diverse worlds of experience and ways of living as enriching our lives. For its achievements, Miele recently received the 'Total E-Quality' rating for diversity. The highly reputable 'Total E-Quality Deutschland e.V.' association honoured Miele for its 'exemplary commitment' in its esteem for and promotion and harnessing of the individual diversity of its employees. This initiative, supported by the German federal government, aims to firmly establish the principles of equal opportunity. Click on the following links for further information: Miele press release No. 118/2017 (German) and https://www.total-e-quality.de/en/

Reducing energy consumption, improving efficiency

Energy efficiency is a key issue at Miele. Not only when it comes to our domestic appliances and commercial machines. It also applies to operational environmental protection. Since 2000, Miele has succeeded in reducing energy consumption at its production plants by more than 15% – despite considerable increases in production output. And yet, Miele is always on the lookout for new ways of saving energy. Our goal for 2025 is to further reduce specific energy consumption by 20%. The following link provide further details: Sustainability Report.

Australians value the dependability of Miele machines

The Australian 'Choice' magazine last year presented the results of a major survey conducted by the eponymous consumer watchdog. In all, 9,000 members were polled. Our washing machines, tumble dryers and vacuum cleaners achieved excellent marks for reliability, customer satisfaction and after-sales service. Read the entire report here: https://www.choice.com.au/

Further information

2021 Sustainability Report

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