BSH uses CO₂-reduced stainless steel in dishwasher production


BSH is using CO₂-reduced stainless steel for the first time in the dishwasher production at its Dillingen site in Germany, partnering with Aperam. This material has an up to 47 percent lower footprint than conventional stainless steel. In the production process, the CO₂-reduced stainless steel is mixed with conventional stainless steel. The company has already been developing and manufacturing CO₂-neutral (Scope 1&2) at all its sites worldwide since 2020 and by 2030 it aims to reduce its indirect CO₂ footprint (Scope 3) by 15 percent in absolute terms compared to 2018, despite growth. “To achieve this, we are using two levers – explains BSH’s Chief Operating Officer Lars Schubert –. On the one hand, we offer our consumers particularly energy-efficient products that enable them to save energy and therefore money at home. Additionally, we are increasingly focusing on production materials that have a smaller carbon footprint. That’s why I’m pleased that we’re working with Aperam to advance the decarbonization of our value chain”. BSH also utilizes CO₂-reduced production material in other product categories. Since 2021, it has been purchasing steel from Salzgitter Flachstahl with a reduced CO₂ footprint. The 100 percent recycled, low-CO₂ steel is used at BSH’s Lodz plant in Poland for washing machine mounting brackets. At the beginning of 2023, BSH and Salzgitter Flachstahl also signed a memorandum of understanding that envisages larger volumes of CO₂-reduced steel with annual increases for the European market from 2025.