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Dürr Group publishes 2022 sustainability report

Bietigheim-Bissingen, June 20, 2023 — The Dürr Group has today published its 2022 sustainability report. In it, the mechanical and plant engineering firm provides comprehensive information on its sustainability approach as well as on its targets and activities. Most notably, the Group has made significant progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, expanding its sustainable corporate financing, and creating a responsible supply chain.

In 2022, implementing its climate strategy was at the center of the company’s sustainability activities. The Dürr Group aims to reduce its emissions from operations (Scope 1 and Scope 2) by at least 70% by 2030 compared to the 2019 base-year level. Thanks to investments of over €22 million in sustainable buildings, energy-efficiency measures, and self-generation of electricity, the company has already managed to reduce its climate footprint substantially. Its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions dropped to 27,762 tons of CO2e (CO2 equivalents), a reduction of 43% year-on-year and 51% compared to 2019. The increased share of renewables in the energy mix also contributed to the improvement: It rose from just under 9% in the previous year to almost 70%. This was achieved mainly by commissioning photovoltaic systems and switching to green electricity at numerous sites.

Customers increasingly focus on sustainability
Dr. Jochen Weyrauch, CEO of Dürr AG, says: “We take our responsibility for the climate seriously. Our aim is to contribute to sustainability both in our own business and in our customers’. When purchasing machines and systems, customers are increasingly focusing on sustainability criteria in order to make their production processes more climate-friendly. We support them in this through energy-efficient technologies and systems that can be operated using green electricity instead of natural gas.” In addition, the willingness of customers to invest in low-emission technologies is an important requirement for lowering greenhouse gas emissions in the upstream and downstream value chain (Scope 3). These emissions are to drop by at least 15% by 2030 (compared to 2019).

Framework for sustainable financing instruments published
Furthermore, the Dürr Group has strengthened its sustainable corporate financing through a Sustainable Finance Framework. This sets out that sustainable financing instruments such as green bonds or Schuldschein loans may only be used for investments in sustainable product innovations and climate-friendly projects according to the EU Taxonomy. The taxonomy is aimed at promoting investments in environmentally sustainable technologies and obliges companies to publish taxonomy-aligned sales revenues as well as capital and operating expenditures. In 2022, 16.8% of the Dürr Group’s sales revenues were taxonomy-aligned. These include revenues from machines and systems for timber house construction, battery production, and solar technology.

Implementation of the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act
The sustainability report also describes how the company implements the requirements of the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act. Among other things, it has appointed a human rights officer, expanded its risk management system, and reinforced its measures to prevent human rights violations in the supply chain.

Through this report, the Dürr Group has further enhanced its sustainability reporting. In doing so, the company is preparing for the substantially increased disclosure requirements under the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). This EU Directive on sustainability reporting will be applicable from 2024. The → 2022 sustainability report was prepared in accordance with the Sustainability Reporting Standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The GRI reporting standards are widely used around the world and are the prevalent framework in Europe in particular.

The Dürr Group is one of the world's leading mechanical and plant engineering firms with extensive expertise in automation, digitalization and energy efficiency. Its products, systems and services enable highly efficient and sustainable manufacturing processes in different industries. The Dürr Group primarily supplies the automotive industry, producers of furniture and timber houses as well as the chemical, pharmaceutical, medical devices and electrical engineering sectors. It generated sales of €4.3 billion in 2022. The company has about 18,700 employees and 123 business locations in 32 countries. The Dürr Group operates in the market with the brands Dürr, Schenck and HOMAG and with five divisions:

  • Paint and Final Assembly Systems: paint shops as well as final assembly, testing and filling technology for the automotive industry, assembly and test systems for medical devices
  • Application Technology: robot technologies for the automated application of paint, sealants and adhesives
  • Clean Technology Systems: air pollution control, coating systems for battery electrodes and noise abatement systems
  • Measuring and Process Systems: balancing equipment and diagnostic technology
  • Woodworking Machinery and Systems: machinery and equipment for the woodworking industry

This publication has been prepared independently by Dürr AG/Dürr group. It may contain statements which address such key issues as strategy, future financial results, events, competitive positions and product developments. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including, but not limited to those described in disclosures of Dürr AG, in particular in the chapter “Risks” in the annual report of Dürr AG. Should one or more of these risks, uncertainties and other factors materialize, or should underlying expectations not occur or assumptions prove incorrect, actual results, performances or achievements of the Dürr group may vary materially from those described in the relevant forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by words such as “expect,” “want,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” “estimate,” “will,” “project” or words of similar meaning. Dürr AG neither intends, nor assumes any obligation, to update or revise its forward-looking statements regularly in light of developments which differ from those anticipated. Stated competitive positions are based on management estimates supported by information provided by specialized external agencies.

Our financial reports, presentations, press releases and ad-hoc releases may include alternative financial metrics. These metrics are not defined in the IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards). Net assets, financial position and results of operations of the Dürr group should not be assessed solely on the basis of these alternative financial metrics. Under no circumstances do they replace the performance indicators presented in the consolidated financial statements and calculated in accordance with the IFRS. The calculation of alternative financial metrics may vary from company to company despite the use of the same terminology. Further information regarding the alternative financial metrics used at Dürr AG can be found in our → financial glossary on the web page.