CONSISTENCY ALONG THE ENTIRE SUPPLY CHAIN
• Supply chain
Transparency throughout the supply chain is important in order to maintain control over the effects of measures over the life cycle of the product. This is because the majority of the environmental impact occurs along the supply chain: during raw material extraction, processing, packaging and transport, down to disposal.
For us as a manufacturer of light alloy wheels, aluminum is one of our most important resources. The production of primary aluminum is an energy-intensive process that has an impact on the environment: At around 76%, aluminum accounts for the most relevant share of our carbon footprint.
To do our part for the environment, we already source 92% of our aluminum from members of the “Aluminium Steward Initiative” (ASI). We aim to increase this figure to 100% by 2025. In addition, 50% of our purchased aluminum is produced with certified renewable energy.
The RONAL GROUP has been a member of ASI as a Downstream Supporter since 2018 and as an Industrial User since September 2020 – incidentally, we were the first wheel manufacturer worldwide to do this. ASI, the global non-profit standards setting and certification organization, brings together ethical, ecological and social aspects along the entire value chain.
Other significant sources of emissions, accounting for 22% of the total balance, are electricity consumption and gas consumption for process heat. For this reason, we focus on purchasing renewable electricity with a certificate of origin or, where possible, producing electricity in-house with photovoltaic systems or combined heat and power plants.
It is also our goal to obtain all of our power from renewable sources by 2025 – this figure is 33% today. Four of our locations already use 100% green electricity, part of which is produced by our own photovoltaic systems.