Belimo is committed to sustainability
Belimo is committed to sustainability and makes this part of its policy.
Belimo directly contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). By incorporating the UN Global Compact principles into strategies, policies, and procedures, Belimo not only upholds its basic responsibilities to people and the planet, but also sets the stage for the longterm success of our industry.
The principles in the areas of human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and anti-corruption are consistent with the values and the code of conduct of Belimo.
- Belimo commits to comply with or exceed the applicable legislation and stipulations for environmental protection on all levels.
- We make sure that our resources are handled economically and demand that our employees and suppliers do the same. We avoid using materials that represent an unnecessary danger to the environment and are difficult to dispose of.
- We are aware of the energy consumption during manufacture and operation of our products and develop innovative products that utilise our resources efficiently.
- We measure the critical aspects of our environmental influence and enhance our processes continuously to reduce the impact on the environment.
- We strive to supply our customers with products that will enhance energy efficiency in their applications.
Belimo is honored to be a member of World Alliance for Efficient Solutions by Solar Impulse Foundation.
The Solar Impulse Foundation is granted to gather a portfolio of 1000 innovative solutions who meet high standards of both sustainability and profitability. We are proud that the Belimo Energy Valve™ has been selected to be one of the 1000 solutions and awarded the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label.
Quantifying our impact
Belimo associates sustainability not only with the goal of minimizing CO2 effects of its own business processes, but also with increasing the positive effects of utilising Belimo products in the field.
The products manufactured by Belimo facilitate application solutions for creating measurable sustainability benefits to save energy in buildings’ HVAC systems. With the aim of achieving excellent comfort in buildings and in rooms, these systems consume energy. The HVAC control system, in which Belimo field devices are integrated, is designed to accurately control comfort parameters (temperature, humidity, CO2 level) but also to operate the HVAC processes in the most energy efficient manner possible. Belimo sets the standard when it comes to energy efficient control components, for example with its low power consumption actuators, tight-closing ball-valves with no leakage or Belimo Energy Valves™ for optimising thermal energy-flows in buildings.
Our Sustainability Goals
With 5.5 million new airside actuators and 2.3 million valves and actuators shipped in 2021, these devices will help prevent 8.2 million tons of CO2e over their coming lifecycle.
In line with our mission to “Create Healthier Indoor Comfort with Less Energy,” we introduced sustainability goals in 2021. Our overarching goal is to double the total CO2 savings from our sold field devices from a current 8.2 million tons of CO2e to 16.4 million tons of CO2e in 2030.
As an additional step to our impact model, we are further striving to increase healthy indoor comfort in our customers’ buildings worldwide by increasing sales of field devices with a positive impact on indoor air quality (along with the “7 Essentials of Healthy Indoor Air”).
Modelling along six steps
In order to quantify positive energy leverage, Belimo has established a model that assesses the impact of its field devices over their lifecycle in a typical HVAC system. A common air-handling and ventilation system was chosen as a proxy for energy-impact modelling, including one air-handling unit (AHU) and 25 air-outlets with variable air volume control (VAV). Typical global thermal loads for heating and cooling and electrical energy for ventilation were assumed. The model then calculated the contribution to energy savings of two types of typical Belimo field devices that are sold in high volumes for such applications. For air-side applications, the VAV-control actuator LMV-D3-MP was chosen. For water-side applications, the valve R202516-S2 in combination with the valve-actuator LR24A-SR was chosen, a combination that is often used in air-handling units.
The energy-impact model is structured along six steps of a field device with a lifecycle of 15 years assumed, while the actual lifetime of Belimo field devices is often 20 years and longer.
One of the largest solar power generating systems in Connecticut, USA
The 876kW solar power generating system at the Belimo Americas Headquarters is comprised of 2192 high-output solar modules and will produce approximately 1 megawatt hours of electricity annually. By offsetting a portion of Belimo’s energy needs with solar, 857 tons of greenhouse gas emissions will be avoided, equivalent to powering roughly 100 homes in Connecticut annually.
Watch the video how James Furlong, president of Belimo Americas, announced the completion of this solar power generating system.
Our sustainability frameworks
We disclose information related to our non-financial performance based on the international reporting framework of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). GRI is a non-governmental organization that provides a systematic and comprehensive framework, which has become a global standard for disclosure. In our commitment to transparent communication with our stakeholders, we also work closely with EcoVadis and MSCI, two agencies that assess us along with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria.
Swisscleantech is a business association. We have around 500 members from all sectors. Our members are committed to the climate and have therefore signed our charter. Together we move politics and society and ensure that Switzerland is CO2 neutral by 2050 at the latest. This is how climate-friendly business works.
Community & society
The values and the Code of Conduct reflect the accompanying social responsibility not only within the company itself but also in the business environment. Belimo subsidiaries support various local non-profit organisations, as well as sporting and cultural events.
The employees are the company’s most valuable asset. Their health, safety and satisfaction are a high priority. An internal training program allows for knowledge and skills to always be in line with responsibilities.
Belimo is determined to conduct its business in compliance with high ethical standards and applicable law. Everybody is encouraged to report violations of free competition, export/import regulations, environmental protection and occupational safety or cases of corruption, fraud and embezzlement. We do not tolerate actions that violate the law or our Code of Conduct.
Code of conduct
Belimo’s mission statement conveys the company’s key guiding principles and fundamental values. Since each employee helps shape the Belimo corporate culture, it is imperative that every one of them understands and embraces his or her personal responsibility.
Belimo is determined to manage its business in compliance with high ethical standards and applicable law. Employees shall act accordingly. This attitude is not only vital to preserve Belimo’s good reputation and to prevent possible sanctions under civil or criminal law, but also reflects Belimo’s values.
Documents & links
The production, logistics and administration building in Danbury (CT, USA) has been built in compliance with the LEED Gold Standards for sustainable construction. The Belimo sites in Hinwil and Danbury apply the international environmental management standard ISO 14001.
Belimo adheres to the RoHS environmental directive which prohibits the use of substances that are harmful to the environment. The suppliers also commit not to use any of the banned substances in the parts they deliver.