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For a Better Climate

At a Glance

Successes and Actions

  • Modernization of our global vehicle fleet
  • Exclusive purchase of green electricity at all Hilti operating sites
  • Various efficiency measures of > 1 GWh per year


At Hilti, we take responsibility for actively managing the environmental impact of our activities and addressing the challenges of climate change. For this reason, we have set ourselves the goal of being CO2 neutral by 2023.

At Hilti, CO2 emissions are generated by our business operations: the operation of our plants, administrative buildings, sales locations, repair centers and warehouses as well as our global vehicle fleet (Scopes 1 and 2)1. The far greater share of CO2 emissions occurs in our supply chain and is therefore not subject to our direct control (Scope 3)1. We are looking at and developing improvements in all areas. We want to reduce these emissions as much as possible.

With our climate goal, we refer to emissions within our own sphere of influence: our own direct and indirect emissions as well as emissions from our business travel.

How do we want to achieve this goal? By reducing, replacing and offsetting (see here).

1 Operational control approach according to Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

Photo: Hilti: Martin Schäfer, Sustainability Program Manager

We take responsibility. To counteract climate change, we will become CO2 neutral by 2023.

Martin Schäfer,
Sustainability Program Manager

Organizational anchoring

The topic of CO2 is centrally managed by the Corporate Sustainability Team, which reports directly to the CEO. To involve all areas of our Group in this relevant topic, we have centrally controlled, regular internal exchanges which we will expand in a structured manner in the future.

Management systems and policies

We have a Group-wide Environmental Policy. The issue of CO2 emissions is also anchored in this policy to achieve a strategic approach to climate protection. Our plants in Kaufering and Nersingen (Germany) as well as in Kecskemét (Hungary) also have a certified energy management system in accordance with ISO 50001.

More information: Environmental Protection

Direct and indirect CO2 emissions incl. business travel in 2020

Graphic: Hilti: Directly and indirectly caused CO2 emissions incl. business travel 2020
Video: Hilti: CO2 savings
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CO2 neutral by 2023


  • In our plants and administrative buildings, we continuously reduce our CO2 emissions using new technical measures, more efficient equipment and behavior training. We are also increasing our ability to conduct meetings and appointments digitally instead of taking business trips. Even before the collapse of general business travel activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we promoted this approach.


  • We rely on green electricity worldwide – in purchasing and in-house production through photovoltaic systems. In addition, we are changing our energy supply to climate-friendly alternatives where possible, such as district heating. Furthermore, due to our direct sales model with many customer visits, we have a relevant lever to reduce emissions in our global vehicle fleet, which we are modernizing with CO2-efficient drive systems.


  • By saving energy and using alternative energy sources, we can significantly reduce CO2 emissions, but not completely avoid them. That is why we will compensate for the remaining CO2 emissions through CO2 savings of the same amount elsewhere. In cooperation with the Hilti Foundation and a renowned external partner, we are creating a portfolio of our own compensation projects. We are already heavily involved in project development in these projects to ensure that the objectives pursued are in line with our values and that they provide significant social benefits to the local population. The projects are currently in the design phase and will be implemented in the course of 2021.

2020 Implementation Examples

We want to convert our global vehicle fleet from gasoline and diesel engines to electric drives, natural gas and full hybrid vehicles. We are already looking for such an alternative for more than 50 percent of our global vehicle fleet – in excess of 7000 vehicles. We will gradually change these in the context of expiring leasing contracts. In our lead market, we expect delivery of the first wave of more than 60 battery-powered vehicles in the second quarter of 2021. The delivery of further batches of battery-powered and full hybrid vehicles is expected in the second half of the year. Thanks to the increasing availability of new car models with alternative drive systems and the improving charging infrastructure, we are confident that we will be able to implement this process more rapidly in other markets in the coming year. 

We have converted our electricity demand to renewable energy sources worldwide and thus obtain green electricity at all locations. With more than 40,000 tons, this has had the largest self-initiated effect on our 2020 carbon footprint. We are also promoting the further expansion of green power plants with the contractually agreed purchase of green electricity from newer power plants, which came on the grid less than ten years ago. 

In the 2020 reporting year, we implemented numerous energy efficiency measures and consequently reduced the energy required in our plants alone by more than 1 gigawatt-hour. Three examples: At our plant in Thuringia (Austria), we were able to save approximately 300,000 kilowatt-hours per year by using a combined energy supply from heat recovery and groundwater cooling. Cooling of the production process at our plant in Nersingen (Germany) saves approximately 80,000 kilowatt-hours per year compared to a regular refrigeration plant with the help of an adsorption cooling system. And in our warehouse in Carpiano (Italy), we are saving approximately 150,000 kilowatt-hours a year by switching to LED lighting.

In 2020, the demand for energy in our plants was reduced by
>1 GWh

Photo: Hilti: Refueling electric car

Reassessment of
of our global vehicle fleet

Dealing with Scope 3 emissions

We also focus on our supply chain and our global shipments. For example, we are increasingly shifting transports to our warehouses from road to rail, which reduces emissions by approximately 90 percent. As part of a pilot project, we have already been able to successfully convert the replenishment of our warehouse in Shanghai from the Zhanjiang plant (both in China): Goods have been transported by train on the 1500-kilometer long transport route since October 2020. Since January 2021, we have completely switched the supply of our distribution center in Vienna (Austria) from our central warehouse in Nendeln (Liechtenstein) to rail. Additional routes in Asia, Central Europe and North America will follow during 2021. We expect to be able to achieve total savings of more than 4000 tons of CO2 with these measures. In addition, we switched our long-distance transport between Asia and Europe from aircraft to rail at the beginning of the reporting year, which resulted in CO2 savings of more than 4000 tons in the reporting year.

Photo: Hilti: transport goods in freight train, containers are loaded
From road to rail: We already rely on rail travel in Shanghai, Vienna and Nendeln.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is difficult to compare our CO2 emissions with the same period in the previous year. In the wake of this global crisis, our production activities, but above all sales activities and business travel, have been significantly reduced. As a direct consequence, our CO2 emissions have been reduced by approximately 65,000 tons, some of which are expected to be one-time effects. Business travel, especially the volume of flights, which came to a complete standstill starting from March 2020, are to be partially replaced by digital meetings even after the end of this crisis to reduce our emissions in a sustainable way. In the case of CO2 savings from own projects, the conversion of our energy supply to green electricity has had the biggest effect, amounting to approximately 40,000 tons. 


in MWh    
thereof renewable electricity8.7%8.6%100%
Combustibles and fuels418,102430,211321,930-25.2%
District heating10,2429,9409,136-8.1%
Sold energy (minus)18121633.3%
Total energy consumption
within the organization


in t   
Scope 1100,380104,31475,439
Scope 2 (market-based approach)146,39947,819204
Business travel41,9159,130

2018 and 2019 according to location-based approach