Contributing to Climate Action

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Climate change, rising energy consumption around the world, and resource scarcity call for new answers. H.B. Fuller is starting by focusing on its own production and facilities, which it can influence directly. In 2019, new and existing sites worldwide achieved initiatives related to energy efficiency and environmental footprint.

Delivering more value with renewable energy

Approximately 400 solar panels have been installed on the roof of our world headquarters, creating a 110 kW AC system that is expected to generate nearly 5% of the energy our campus uses, or approximately 167,000 kWh per year.

This was the first solar project on the Corporate buildings, carried out in conjunction with one of our largest new energy customers. The $300,000 investment was just the start; subsequent steps are to extend this renewable energy solution across the rest of the complex. 

While showing strong commitment to sustainability stewardship, H.B. Fuller continues to look for other ways to reduce consumption, including a plan to replace lighting with more energy-efficient LED options. We also encourage responsible behavior by our people doing their part with simple daily things like leaving small appliances at home, turning off lights when not in use, and recycling and composting when possible.

Image of H.B. Fuller roof after solar panel installation

 H.B. Fuller World Headquarters, St. Paul, MN 

Delivering energy and operational efficiency projects across the globe

Lüneburg, Germany

While optimizing air treatment processes and electrical efficiencies, our engineering teams have redesigned the steam and condensation system, reducing the plant consumption of natural gas by 50% and creating €300,000 in annual savings.

Melbourne, Australia

Our site in Australia is driving safety and energy efficiency with new LED lights and motion sensors in the factory and warehouse, generating annual reductions of approximately 80% in energy usage and 58MT of CO2 emissions, while contributing to a more sustainable production. 

Guangzhou, China 

In China, we are reducing carbon emissions by deploying a new steam producer, generating nearly 10% natural gas savings annually. We are also recycling waste water to lower our overall usage, with annual savings of approximately 3,000 MT of fresh new water, by installing a Membrane Bio-Reactor (MBR) system in one of our major plants. With continuous improvement processes, we expect to be very close to zero since the water is now being reused in a cooling tower.

Pune, India

We have reduced GHG emissions in our plant in India by decreasing 25% of diesel consumption for process heating by using Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG), a cleaner and more economic fuel. A local team has also planted 100 trees in a nearby village, hoping to preserve the community environment.