CLIMATE CHANGE

As Vestel Group of Companies (“Vestel”), we see climate change as a serious risk for the future of our world and the sustainability of our companies. As a responsible global citizen, we carry out critical studies to fight against this threat. We focus our strategy of fighting against the climate change, which forms the main part of our environmental management, on 3 main pillars:

  • Continuously increasing resource efficiency in all operational processes starting from procurement to distribution,
  • Offering our customers environmentally friendly products, which have the highest energy efficiency levels,
  • Performing informative activities in order to raise social awareness on climate change and supporting solution generating efforts.

Carbon emissions are calculated, reported and followed-up within the scope of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in which both Vestel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ (“Vestel Elektronik”) and Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ (“Vestel Beyaz Eşya”) participate.

Vestel transparently and consistently shares the assessment, monitoring, reporting and verification of its greenhouse gas inventories or projects under the ISO 14064 Standard.

The sustainability efforts at Zorlu Holding, Vestel's parent company, are carried out under the presidency of Bekir Cem Köksal, the Head of Financial Affairs Group and the Chairman of the Sustainability Committee at Zorlu Holding. Top management responsible for the electronics and household appliances operations at Vestel are responsible for the sustainability/climate change policies and preparation of Sustainability/CDP reports.

The CO2 emissions related to Vestel Elektronik’s electronics operations are calculated by factoring in the amounts of natural gas and fuel oil consumed under Scope 1; the consumption of steam, heat and electricity under Scope 2; and the goods and services purchased, investment equipment, transportation of materials from suppliers, wastes from operations, business trips, employee shuttles, transportation of goods sold and energy consumed by the
products in use under Scope 3.

Vestel Elektronik aims to reduce its total CO2 emissions to turnover ratio (kgCO2/turnover) by 15% by 2022. In 2019, Vestel beat its target of 0.0110 kilograms of CO2/turnover by achieving a ratio of 0.0074 kilograms of CO2/turnover, in line with its commitment of reducing its CO2 emissions. The graph below indicates the evolution of this ratio over the years.

CO2 emissions at Vestel Beyaz Eşya are calculated on the basis of the refrigerant gases used in air-conditioners and fuel consumption in processes and vehicles within the scope of Scope 1, electricity consumption within the scope of Scope 2 and fuel consumption in air travel and air freight, personnel shuttles, waste and product shipments and cabs and vehicles within the scope of Scope 3.

Vestel Beyaz Eşya had already achieved its 2022 target to reduce its total CO2 emissions to turnover ratio (kgCO2/turnover) by 15% in 2017 with rapid improvements. The company aims to reduce its CO2 emissions further by 4.5% annually until 2022.

Vestel Beyaz Eşya received the “Low Carbon Hero” Award by the Sustainable Production and Consumption Association (SPCA). Vestel Beyaz Eşya, which has amassed several other awards for its efforts in energy efficiency, has received this award for the second time in a row.

Vestel Beyaz Eşya also broke its own record by reducing carbon emissions by 1,765,529 kilograms with its “Carbon Management with Energy Efficiency in Auxiliary Facilities” project.

Vestel Elektronik and Vestel Beyaz Eşya

Environmental impacts originating from the transportation of products and materials within the company: Impact of emissions generated by the transportation of products and materials within the company was minimized to a great extent by the utilization of electric forklift vehicles.

Environmental impacts originating from the transportation of products to customers: Proximity to the port (about 60 km) and shifting from voluminous products to less voluminous products minimize the impact of transportation related emissions on the environment (the changes in the container numbers, product dimensions and production rates also bear importance).

Environmental impacts originating from the transportation of personnel: There are nearly 360 motor vehicles that are used for transportation of the Company’s personnel. Continuous improvement and optimization studies as well as regular emission measurements are carried out to minimize the effects of emissions caused by the employee shuttles.

Vestel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ – Total Carbon Emissions (tonnes CO2/year)*

Vestel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ – Total Carbon Emissions (kgCO2/TL revenues)*

Realized amounts of emissions at Vestel Elektronik within the scope of Scope 3 in 2018 are given in the table below.

Scope 3 Emissions CO2 (tons) Methodology of Emission Calculation
Products and services purchased 21,762.46 Average data use for transportation
Capital goods 43.22 Average data use for transportation
Activities concerning fuel and energy 146.37 IPCC (1) (2006) (not mentioned in Scope 1 and 2)
Waste generation in operations 2.61 IPCC (1)  (2006) (not mentioned in Scope 1 and 2)
Business trips 1,365.49 2012 Guidelines to Defra (2) / DECC's (3) GHG (4) Conversion Factors regarding company reports on business trips
Transportation of employees 18,772.39 IPCC (1) (2006)
Transportation and distribution of products 1,573.44 IPCC (1) (2006) (not mentioned in Scope 1 and 2)
Energy consumption of products through their life-cycle 363,358.22 BVQI (5)  EIME (6) program
Procedures for products after the end of their life-cycle 4,917.7 BVQI (5)  EIME (6) program

(1) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(2) Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs
(3) Department of Energy & Climate Change
(4) Greenhouse Gas
(5) Bureau Veritas Quality International
(6) Environmental Improvement Made Easy

Total Air Emissions of Vestel Elektronik’s Facilities*

Air emissions Amount Unit Explanation
SO2 0.0285 kg/ hour Compatible with Industrial Air Pollution Control Regulation (“IAPCR”)
Dust 0.1386 kg/ hour Compatible with IAPCR
CO 0.0125 kg/ hour Compatible with IAPCR
NO 0.5518 kg/ hour Compatible with IAPCR
NO2 0.8476 kg/ hour Compatible with IAPCR

*Facilities in which electronic products are manufactured

Carbon Footprint Reduction Activities of Vestel Elektronik in 2018

Description of Activity CO2 Reduction per annum (tons of CO2)
Kaizen Works to prevent air leakage due to unused pneumatic screwdriver in production assembly lines 282.23
Kaizen Works to prevent steam leaks in plastic Reducing the need for compressed air in cartesian machines at SMT (Surface-mount technology) linesproduction lines 175.35
Reducing the need for compressed air in cartesian machines at SMT (Surface-mount technology) lines 146

Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ – Total Carbon Emissions (tonnes CO2/year)

Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ – Total Carbon Emissions (kg CO2/TL revenues)

Total Air Emissions of Vestel Beyaz Eşya’s Facilities*

Air emissions Amount Unit Explanation
SO2 0.0019 kg/ hour Compatible with Industrial Air Pollution Control Regulation 0.0285(“IAPCR”)
Dust 0.9525 kg/ hour Compatible with IAPCR
CO 0.0298 kg/ hour Compatible with IAPCR
NO 1.6082 kg/ hour Compatible with IAPCR
NO2 2.4984 kg/ hour Compatible with IAPCR

*Facilities in which household appliances are produced

Carbon Footprint Reduction Activities of Vestel Beyaz Eşya in 2019

Description of Activity CO2 Reduction per annum (tons of CO2)
Exchange of IE1-IE2 motors with IE3 efficient motors 212.527
Refrigerator-2 Factory: Energy savings in lighting by replacing fluorescent luminaires with high efficiency LED luminaires 288.637
40% energy savings by making main engine revision on the Extruder-1 machine 253.008
Free Cooling system has been introduced for the cooling system of Thermaform and Extruder machines. When the outdoor temperature drops below 15 degrees, energy savings are achieved by turning off the compressors. 455.415
By using infrared technology in the cooking oven of the Refrigerator-2 Factory, 20% energy savings will be achieved and there will be a reduction in maintenance costs. 404.814
Energy savings will be achieved by reducing the compressors’ pressure from 6.5 bar to 5.3 bar. 1,518.01
Installation of a central vacuum pump for Extruder-1 and Extruder-2 machines 51.613
Installing an engine with driver for the hydraulic motors at the Mechanical Production Department 1,012.005
Refrigerator-2 Factory: Shift to Free Cooling System in the Dye House 455.37
Reducing the number of hot water pumps from 8 to 2 by performing installation and pump revision 253.007
Refrigerator-1 Factory: Installing an engine with driver for the Shredder 51.084