Study: CO2 footprint of component production

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In light of climate change, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is of crucial importance. Various standards exist for quantifying these emissions, but in many cases they provide only imprecise guidance for taking action. In order to ensure a comparable determination of data within the fluid power industry, guidelines are to be drawn up and further experiences gathered as part of the project.

Benfit Procedure
Quantification of the carbon footprint of hydraulic components Training of participants
Derivation of recommendations for action for the industry Data collection in the participating companies
Strengthening sustainable production methods Evaluation and analysis of results



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Task and objective

The current human-induced climate change due to greenhouse gases is becoming one of the greatest risk factors for mankind. Regulations such as the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015 or the European Green Deal require measures to reduce greenhouse gases in all sectors. While the operation of pneumatic and hydraulic machines is already being considered in terms of emissions, the emissions during the production of the individual components have not been in focus so far. Due to the fact that the products of the industry are similar in terms of materials and manufacturing, there is the potential to analyze the production processes by means of a uniform accounting method and to introduce a scalable database. This can be used to identify optimization potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Within the scope of the study, the knowledge available at ifas in the field of CO2 accounting is to be transferred to industry in workshops, and a comprehensive database of hydraulic and pneumatic components will be created by collecting new data from industry.


Procedure and project scope

The aim of the project is to develop a guideline for greenhouse gas balancing in the product manufacturing of hydraulic and pneumatic components.

To this end, the balancing methodology is first to be presented to the industrial partners in training courses and they are to be sensitized to the topic. The companies will then apply this methodology to selected products, accompanied and supported by the expertise at ifas. Finally, the results will be analyzed and compared anonymously. Furthermore, the collected experiences will be discussed and results will be exchanged, so that the potentials of a more comprehensive data collection will be presented.



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The authors thank the Research Association for Fluid Power of the German Engineering Federation VDMA for its financial support. Special gratitude is expressed to the participating companies and their representatives in the accompanying industrial committee for their advisory and technical support.