On 23 Nov 2023 in Düsseldorf, Germany, German automation company Festo was awarded the 16th German Sustainability Award in the hydraulics, pumps and compressors category.
“Sustainability is of strategic importance to Festo. It is a motivation for us to be honoured with [this] award,” said Dr Oliver Jung, chairman of the management board of Festo.
Julia Bikidis, head of sustainability, added, “We focus on climate protection and are fulfilling our responsibility. The award shows that we are on the right track.”
The 140 jurors who chose the companies said that the family-owned company Festo helped shape the transformation of industrial production in the automation sector. With Festo aiming to be CO2 neutral by 2026, it is continuously optimising its energy efficiency and waste recycling, according to the jurors.
Bikidis said, “Festo will be carbon neutral from 2024 — two years earlier than planned. This starts with the design of the customer solution: we want to avoid any kind of waste, such as oversizing, through transparency in our design tools. An explicit shopping basket of products with energy-saving functions, such as automatic switch-off in standby situations, also contributes to this.” She added that the company’s learning programme rounds off the framework that the sustainable transformation is a shared journey with all its employees, customers and suppliers.
Festo was also named a successful practice company in sustainability, one of five companies in managing sustainable innovations by RWTH Aachen University and the Complexity Management Academy.