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Festo on the way to climate neutrality

Automation technology manufacturer from Esslingen will massively reduce CO₂ footprint

"Festo will massively reduce its CO2 footprint over the next two years. As a result, by the end of 2023, all our production and logistics sites as well as the German sales locations and the corporate headquarters in Esslingen will be CO2 neutral", explains the Chairman of the Management Board of Festo SE & Co. KG, Dr. h.c. Oliver Jung, in his end-of-year address to the staff.

The Executive Board has decided on extensive investments and released budgets in order to be able to realise the neutralisation of Scope1 and Scope2 emissions (our own generation and purchase of energy according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol).

The planned measures are carried out in four main directions:

  • They serve to improve energy efficiency in production. In future, new buildings will also be designed to be CO2 neutral with regard to air conditioning.
  • A massive expansion of the company's own renewable energy production through photovoltaics will significantly reduce the amount of electricity purchased from outside sources.
  • Likewise, a switch to 100% green power is to be implemented.
  • And in the following years, ecologically sensible compensation projects will be implemented to bridge unavoidable conversion periods of existing heating systems and the vehicle fleet in all our Festo properties worldwide.


Festo has aligned its own sustainability strategy along the lines of the United Nations Strategic Development Goals (SDGs) and firmly anchored it in its corporate strategy CS 2025. Festo believes that the range of services in automation and technical education is well on the way to offering its customers sustainable, innovative and competitive solutions.

In this context, so-called Scope3 emissions (i.e. upstream and downstream emissions outside our own area) will play an increasingly important role. Here, emissions from purchasing, logistics on the one hand and the use of our products by customers on the other are considered. Reducing the energy consumption of Festo products in use is a particular focus of our research and development activities. To this end, pioneering innovations will be presented to our customers at the Hanover Trade Fair 2022.

On the path to climate neutrality, industry as a whole will play a key role. New solutions will be found in the interplay of digitalisation, artificial intelligence, automation and sustainable energy concepts and resilient infrastructures. Linked to this, the changing qualification requirements will also give new impetus to technical education. Festo believes it is ideally positioned to play its part in a climate-neutral future.

With the decision to go CO2 neutral, Festo is assuming responsibility as a family company and will make its own contribution to tackling the greatest task facing humanity today, the fight against climate change and its consequences. "We are convinced that our commitment to the ecological transformation of business and industry provides meaningful orientation for all of us in the Festo family company and offers a wide range of opportunities", says the Chairman of the Management Board Dr. Oliver Jung. 

费斯托 (Festo)是一家全球性的独立的家族企业,总部位于德国埃斯林根。自成立以来,Festo在工业自动化技术和技术教育方面制定标准,从而为环境、经济和社会的可持续发展做出贡献。公司为超过35个行业的30万家工厂和过程自动化客户提供气动和电驱动自动化技术解决方案,其中生命科学和实验室自动化业务受到越来越多的关注。Festo产品和服务遍布176个国家。2023年,费斯托在全球61个国家的250多个分支机构拥有约20600名员工,实现销售额36.5亿欧元。每年约7%的销售额用于研发。在这家学习型企业,1.5%的销售额用于基础和进一步培训。Festo 教学培训 (Didactic SE) 是全球领先的技术教育和培训供应商,为全球客户提供工业环境中全面的数字化和常规学习解决方案。

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CR Action Fields
Corporate Responsibility: Fields of action at Festo, derived from the United Nations SDGs.
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Photovoltaic Systems at Festo_1
Festo already has seven photovoltaic systems on its buildings worldwide, two of them at the headquarters in Esslingen (here the AutomationCenter).
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Photovoltaic Systems at Festo_2
Festo already has seven photovoltaic systems on its buildings worldwide. The largest is located at the Jinan plant in China.
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Photovoltaic Systems at Festo_3
A façade photovoltaic system has been installed in Barcelona since 2008.
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Dr. Oliver Jung
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Oliver Jung, Chairman of the Management Board of Festo until end of 2023