Solar energy at Huf Espana: Sunny times for the environment
By using solar energy, Huf Espana is setting a sustainable example of consistent environmental protection. The site in El Burgo de Osma generates "green" energy with the power of the sun. With more than 3,200 solar modules and an annual capacity of 2,100 MWh, the solar power plant reduces the company's carbon footprint and thus makes an important contribution to achieving its corporate goals. Background: Huf has set itself the goal of becoming CO2-neutral by 2030 and acting sustainably in every respect.
“Spain is one of the worldwide forerunners regarding renewable energy and solar power plays a decisive role. Fortunately, there are many providers who offer complete services - from installation to grid feed. We chose Prosolia as a partner to install a solar power plant at our site and provide service,” says project leader Willem Andringa, Process Engineering manager in El Burgo de Osma.
Solar energy: power from the sky
More than 3,200 solar panels were installed on a neighboring field measuring 8,466 square meters. The modules have a nominal output of 1,728 kWp. This generates 2,100 MWh of electricity per year. “Our new solar plant has started to deliver energy in March 2022, and it will cover a considerable part of our electricity demand per year,” Andringa explains.
Greener production: The solar plant covers a considerable part of Huf Espana’s annual energy needs.
The 3,200 solar modules are installed right next to the plant and provide Huf Espana with "green" energy.
Environmental protection at Huf: clear sustainability targets and requirements
As solar energy plays an important part in reducing the share of fossil energy in the overall energy mix at Huf, the company is checking the feasibility to install further solar plants. Currently, this is done in the Mexican plant in Puebla. “If we manage to cover 25 percent of our electricity demand there with solar energy, this will sum up to an improvement of the carbon footprint in Mexico by 25 percent,” says Heiko Schulz-Andres, since 2020 globally responsible for Health, Safety & Environment and Sustainability at Huf.
“To achieve our target of being CO2 neutral by 2030, we are using our comprehensive set of measures and KPI that are tracked on a global base and continuously adapted to changing requirements. A current example: In view of the Ukraine crisis, it is essential that we get less dependent on fossil energy much faster,” explains Heiko Schulz-Andres.
Willem Andringa, project leader at Huf, with Natalia Latorre, Continuos Improvement Manager at Huf.
The result of the intensified efforts in improving the carbon footprint of Huf are already reflected in various reports like the United Nations Global Compact Report, CDP Climate and EcoVadis. “Our customers are closely monitoring the progress of their suppliers regarding CO2 neutrality. We must prove to them with hard facts and figures, that we are on the right track to achieve our target of CO2 neutrality in 2030. Finally, acting sustainably pays for all of us. Everyone can contribute and every little action counts, like turning down heaters, air condition, lights, saving water and avoiding waste of any kind,” Schulz-Andres stresses.
Sustainability at the automotive supplier Huf: Environmental campaign for even more resource protection
The goal is clear, the course has been set: Automotive supplier Huf will be climate-neutral by 2030 at the latest. Sustainability has long been a key issue at Huf, and the entire company is already consistently geared towards CO2 reduction. The step-by-step reduction of energy consumption is an essential element for this – in addition to the significant increase in the share of renewable energies.
Huf history: automotive supplier for more than a century
The Huf history is full of fascinating highlights. For more than a century, the automotive supplier has been writing automotive history as a leading specialist in secure car access and authorization systems. Ready for an exciting tour through the history of Huf? We will take you on a moving journey back in time with numerous "key moments".
Huf Brazil – automotive supplier in Atibaia
Huf Brazil is located in Atibaia just outside Sao Paulo at a hub of the South American automotive industry. Since more than 25 years, the automotive supplier is the reliable partner for many international customers when it comes to lock sets, remote keys and modern door handle systems.
Huf Portuguesa – automotive supplier in Tondela Portugal
Since 1991, Huf Portuguesa has supplied equipment, including lock sets, passive entry keys, electronic and mechanical steering column locks as well as door handles for more than 100 million cars. High-profile automotive customers value the plant’s manufacturing expertise and quality. Huf Portuguesa has traditionally been among the most attractive employers in the Viseu region.
Huf Compliance – new Code of Conduct and whistleblower system
Huf has realigned its Compliance Management System. How we behave towards customers, suppliers, colleagues and all other people is set out in the new Huf Code of Conduct. Our Group Compliance Officer and the Compliance Managers at our sites are the first point of contact for questions and reports. To report completely anonymously use the Huf whistleblower system.
Lean Management-Workshop and Kaizen training at Huf Portuguesa
With the Huf Production System (HPS) based on a holistic view of production, Huf has established a highly effective approach that improves the worldwide standardization of processes, makes production more efficient, and enables continuous improvement on a global scale. HPS workshops as recently organized at Huf Portuguesa mark the start of the standardization of Kaizen events.
Sustainability Huf India: Solar panels and water treatment
A consistent approach to sustainability, improved environmental protection at reduced cost: With a lot of creativity Huf sites around the globe are working to realize the corporate target of CO2 neutrality by 2030 and thus fulfill the company’s core value of acting sustainably in every respect.
Lean management training to become certified expert
No rocket science, but an almost magic formula to turn a good company into an excellent one: lean management. The good news: you can learn to do the magic. Within the comprehensive lean management training concept at Huf, candidates work hard to become certified lean management experts.
Huf Romania S.R.L. in Arad and Timisoara at automotive hotspot
Huf Romania S.R.L is continuously growing: in December 2019, the employees in Timisoara moved into their new home in the modern ISHO Campus, and in 2021 the plant in Arad was expanded. Two examples of the steady expansion of locations in Romania, which Huf will continue to drive forward in the coming years.