Our environmental portfolio, which comprises products and solutions that contribute to protecting the environment and the climate, is one of the pillars of our strategic growth. It has earned itself an outstanding position in the global market of technology. In 2011 we made sales to the value of 29.9 billion euros from this. In 2010 we set ourselves the target to generate at least 40 billion euros in sales from green technology by 2014.
Our environmental portfolio makes an important contribution to safeguarding the climate. In 2011 our environmentally friendly products and solutions helped our customers to drive down their CO2 emissions globally by 317 million tons: as much as the total annual emissions of Berlin, Delhi, Istanbul, Hong Kong, London, New York, Singapore and Tokyo together.
The products and solutions that together make up our environmental portfolio originate from all our Sectors: Infrastructure & Cities, Industry, Energy and Healthcare.
Siemens in Belgium together with NMBS Holding and with support from the FPS Economy, launched the plug and ride pilot project. At the train stations in Ghent, Liege and Brussels electric cars and smart charging poles were made available for a number of people who participated in the trials. These charging poles for electric cards can be integrated in the future smart grid. Test drivers received access to the charging poles via an RFID card. The energy used was calculated and sent to a back-office system. We siphoned off information from the pilot project about drivers’ behavior, the use of technology and any other needs users may have.
This project illustrated how our environmental portfolio will yield benefits for three parties: for our customers, for future generations, and for our company too.