Car dealership Autopolis has installed 639 photovoltaic panels on its roof
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Centuries of unchecked industrial pollution in northwestern Europe has had devastating effects on the environment. As Europe scrambles to combat CO2 emissions, Delano examines what five companies in Luxembourg are doing to be more environmentally sustainable.
The Bertrange-based car dealership has installed 639 photovoltaic panels over a 2,700m2 area on its roof. According to the latest edition of Merkur, the Chamber of Commerce magazine, this translates to a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by more than 100 tonnes.
At the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, Goodyear unveiled its Oxygene concept tyre, which includes living moss in the sidewall. The idea is that as a vehicle drives, the tyre absorbs water from the roads and circulates it, which reaches the moss and allows photosynthesis to occur.
Not only does that mean that the moss releases oxygen, but Oxygene also utilises the energy generated during the process to help power its own electronics, including its sensor system.
Goodyear is present in 22 countries, with innovation centres in Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, and Akron, Ohio (US).
In future, Ceratizit, a company specialising in hard material cutting and wear protection solutions, expects a reduction of current electricity consumption by over 80%, thanks to a new cooling, ventilation and heat recovery systems in its production building.
The Mamer-based company also boasts its own recycling facilities, allowing for recycled materials to be reused.
Ceratizit won the Green Facility Management Award 2014 for its efforts.
ArcelorMittal is helping the industry take the solar route. In January 2018, the Luxembourg-based steel giant acquired French solar tracker firm Exosun, today known as Solar Projects. It supplies high precision solar steel structures. So far, it has built over nine solar installations in Europe, the US and China.
Luxembourg-based flooring firm Tarkett is a top student when it comes to waste recycling in its products. In total, 70% of its materials come from sustainable resources while 98% of raw materials are third-party assessed by the EPEA for their impact on people’s health and the environment based on the cradle to cradle (C2C) to criteria. Some of its flooring ranges have achieved Gold level certification. The C2C certification considers use of healthy and recycled materials, renewable energy, water and social criteria.