On the solar panel roof

Green Building for a Good Climate

Sustainability Company

Freudenberg Performance Materials (FPM) has already made a name for itself with its sustainable products. But sustainability at FPM doesn’t stop there: eco-friendly processes and green buildings also help reduce the carbon footprint. A production hall in Taiwan is a prime example of how this works: alongside the use of recycled raw materials, the site’s green concept centers on energy and water efficiency, environmentally-friendly construction materials and good air quality.

Freudenberg has set itself ambitious goals: as the first step on the road to becoming carbon neutral, the company is aiming for a 25 percent reduction in its CO2 emissions by 2025. Recycled materials made from used PET bottles are one important element for achieving this goal. But surely there’s more? For years now, FPM sites have been focusing on ever more efficient processes, constant optimization of their energy and water consumption, and on construction measures to lower emissions even further.

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Goal: LEED certification

Take the facility in Tayuan Tao-Yuan, Taiwan. Work on expanding capacity at the  FPM site of Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb and installing a new spunlaid line began back in 2018. The local project team increasingly turned its attention to the production hall itself as well as environmentally-responsible manufacturing methods and operating procedures. The production hall was also to be designed with sustainability in mind. The site decided to base the design on the internationally recognized LEED standard to achieve the greatest possible ecological scope for the construction measures. LEED is the acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It includes a set of rating systems for buildings and was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED primarily concentrates on construction measures that are as environmentally-responsible, resource-efficient and sustainable as possible. Buildings must satisfy five criteria for LEED certification: site sustainability, water consumption, energy consumption, protection of the atmosphere, and the use of building materials. 

Experts at the production line

Energy efficiency is key

First, the project team installed a modern lighting system. The energy efficiency of the air conditioning system is also excellent and a major energy saver. Some of this power is generated directly from solar energy supplied by the on-site photovoltaic unit. The solar panels installed on site provide energy to the local community as well as partially to the plant. The garnered energy is collected and distributed by a local power company. Since the new line went into operation in September 2020, employees also constantly monitor and control the compressed air and cooling equipment, enabling optimal energy consumption management – an advantage not only in daily operations, but also for detecting leaks or other technical problems swiftly. 

Solar panels on the roof

Waste-free production

The site has also rethought water consumption and invested in water-saving restroom facilities. Inside the production hall, low-emission paint and a sophisticated circulation system ensure good air quality. Windows and transparent plastic materials have replaced some of the external cladding, so there is plenty of natural light in the hall’s interior. 

“We are always researching and implementing news ways to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Lin Gow Ming, President of Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb

In addition, the site has been prioritizing waste reduction and recycling for decades. FPM uses recycled material made from post-consumer PET bottles to manufacture its spunlaid nonwovens at the Tayuan Tao-Yuan plant. A new, internal recycling system makes sure that all production waste is returned to the production cycle. An important step towards waste-free production.
“We are always researching and implementing new ways to reduce our carbon footprint. That was something we focused on heavily when building the line – optimized energy management for operating procedures in an environmentally-responsible building, because that is better for our products and the environment,” Lin Gow Ming, President of Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb, said following successful certification. “We can now serve our customers in Asia in an even more sustainable way.”


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