Rajesh Jain, Managing Director of LPS Bossard in India, has developed several engagements in Rohtak, a city in the north of India that is well-known as a fastening cluster in our industry. Environment, health, safety, education and support of people in need are the focus areas of LPS Bossard’s community programs. Rajesh Jain wants to raise awareness among employees and beyond for environmental protection, for example through activities such as tree planting. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the usage of plastic are today’s “hot topics,” but there is also a need for more sustainable water management in the region.
With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, completely new challenges emerged. In addition to setting up protective measures at its own premises for employees, LPS Bossard reached out to local institutions. Ad-hoc support schemes included the delivery of food to the poor who were hit hardest by the economic shutdown as well as the co-financing of a testing machine at a local hospital.
Amid the COVID-19 crisis in May 2020, Bossard Denmark inaugurated a photovoltaic (PV) power station on the rooftop of its facility. 735 solar panels produced approximately 220 MWh in 2020 and help reduce our green-house gas emissions from energy consumption. The sky is not always clear in Denmark but when the sun shines, the electricity usage of our 80 employees can be covered entirely by solar power from the roof.
This development does not come as a surprise. Environmental protection and self-sufficiency are deeply rooted within the company. Therefore, when the idea of a PV power station came up, there was no need to convince the management team. With a pragmatic approach – as it is so often seen at Bossard – Karsten Larsen, Warehouse Manager at Bossard Denmark, put up a small PV power station to test it and learn how to maintain such an infrastructure.
When it proved successful, a new agreement was negotiated with the landlord. Only five months later, the company ran on its first “home-made” kilowatthours. It is particularly pleasing that the project also makes sense from a financial viewpoint. In order to benefit even more, the project team is currently evaluating solutions to store excess energy rather than feeding it back into the public energy grid.
Sustainable ways of working require from companies to consistently question and improve themselves. One of our core competencies is to enable new ways of looking at existing structures. Our analyses therefore offer a fresh look at how our customers production and manufacturing looks like. We want to understand in detail how C-parts are processed and handled.
This puts the focus on an element whose potentials are often underestimated: Potential for speeding up work flows, for reducing errors, but also for reducing the materials used or for lowering energy consumption and logistical effort.