Georg Fischer gives insights on CLIMA theme Circularity

All newsCircularity

Interview with Peter Barta

CLIMA 2022 will have its eye on 2030 – the year by which the world of HVAC will most likely look quite different from today. There are several areas where exciting developments are taking place; the aim of the organizers was to address these with dedicated themes: Energy, Circularity, Digitalization, Health & Comfort and Learning & Education. Georg Fischer Piping Systems (GFPS), the leading flow solutions provider from Switzerland, is the theme sponsor of Circularity. Peter Barta, Global Business Development Manager Sustainability at GPFS, shares his thoughts on the topic below.

What is Georg Fischer’s take on sustainability – and circularity in particular?

In 2021, GF unveiled its new Sustainability Framework 2025 which consists of three focus areas: Product Portfolio, Climate & Resources and People & Well-being. The framework includes long-term ambitions, such as becoming a sustainability leader through offering high-value sustainable products and solutions, as well as driving a circular economy. These ambitions are complemented by quantitative commitments: to achieve 70% of sales from products and solutions with social or environmental benefits for our customers as well as to reduce our absolute CO2e emissions by 21% by 2025 – a target approved by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). Thus, we can claim with confidence that sustainability and circularity are fully embedded in our corporate strategy. In this context we have launched multiple exciting projects internally, aiming not only at making our own operations more sustainable, but also developing new business opportunities related to circularity.

“We can claim with confidence that sustainability and circularity are fully embedded in our corporate strategy.”

What can the CLIMA visitor expect from your participation?

We cordially invite all interested visitors to join our interactive Masterclass session. We have prepared two compelling business case studies which are addressing different parts of the circular value chain. The first one focuses on shifting from selling purely physical products to a service-based business model – a concept that has been piloted by several industries in recent years. In such a setup, manufacturers retain full control over their systems, collect operational data and thus can offer customers additional value in form of performance optimization. The second case study scrutinizes the potential of taking products back at the end of their life cycle, repurposing and giving them a second life. There are manifold interesting challenges related to material quality, product functionality as well as supply chain logistics in this context. We look forward to a fruitful exchange with our audience and hope to collect interesting insights for our projects!

Check out the interactive sessions

Peter Barta works as Global Business Development Manager Sustainability at Georg Fischer Piping Systems, where he is responsible for identifying and building new opportunities related to sustainability and circular economy. Peter has 10+ years experience in various sustainability positions: he worked as Senior Manager Corporate Responsibility for the automotive supplier Autoneum where he oversaw the implementation of the company’s sustainability strategy in 55 locations globally. At denkstatt, the leading sustainability advisor in Central and Eastern Europe, he led various consulting and auditing projects for companies such as REWE Group, Barry Callebaut and Coca Cola. Peter started his career in the corporate responsibility team of the Swiss bank UBS. He holds master degrees in international affairs and linguistics and was a PhD candidate at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Share this post

Would you like to receive
news updates?


Georg Fischer contributes to circular HVAC by sponsoring CLIMA 2022

All newsCircularity

We are excited to announce that Georg Fischer (GF) has decided to support the 14th REHVA HVAC World Congress CLIMA 2022 by signing up as theme sponsor Circularity. GF is a worldwide business player, operating in three divisions: piping systems, casting solutions and machining solutions. The common factor between these divisions is that GF aims to provide innovative products and solutions that focus on conservation of resources. This makes GF the perfect match for the theme Circularity at CLIMA 2022, which will take place 22nd – 25th of May in Rotterdam. 

‘Having Georg Fischer on board is another important step in the development of CLIMA 2022. This event is all about bringing people together to discuss the massive HVAC transformation that is on the horizon. With GF teaming up with us and the 18 other (theme) sponsors, and the high-quality scientific program that we have created I am more than confident that the congress will be a great success,’ says Atze Boerstra, Congress President of CLIMA 2022. 

‘Sustainability and circularity are essential topics for GF, embedded in our corporate Strategy 2025. As for everyone, becoming a more sustainable company comes with great practical challenges that we are eager to solve. The GF team is excited to share and discuss some of these with the audience at CLIMA 2022. This will be a big learning experience which we intend to further utilize in our circular economy projects’
Peter Barta, Global Business Development Manager Sustainability at Georg Fischer.



Go back to news overview

Share this post

Would you like to receive
news updates?


Thomas Auer keynote speaker theme Circularity

All newsCircularityProgram

We are excited to announce Professor Thomas Auer as one of our speakers on the theme Circularity! Prof. Auer is managing director of Transsolar, Stuttgart. The Climate Engineering practice has received international attention over the last three decades and is working on all scales from single buildings to urban neighbourhoods. As Professor and Chair of Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design at the Department of Architecture of TU Munich, he focuses on a holistic design approach. For buildings and cities, it is crucial to recognize the sustainability goals of the EU as well as the reduction of substantial CO2 emissions in the building sector, as defining parameter.

Prof. Auer and Transsolar have always advocated an understanding of energy efficiency that goes beyond technology. They develop holistic concepts that incorporate the urban and regional scale. The overall objective of this approach is to create maximum comfort in the interior as well as in the exterior of the built environment while minimizing the use of resources at the same time. Prof. Auer works in interdisciplinary teams and has established a three-step approach comprising space design, building performance design and infrastructure design.


Do you want to meet our other keynote speakers?


Share this post

Would you like to receive
news updates?


Circularity: narrowing, slowing and closing flows

All newsCircularityScientific

Article from REHVA Journal 1, 2022 – Dr. ing. Olaf Oosting, managing Director at Valstar Simonis; Dr. ing. Tillmann Klein, circularity expert at Delft University of Technology; Dr. ing. Bob Geldermans, Building Product Innovation Professor at Delft University of Technology.

Due to a globally growing population and the need for comfortable and healthy indoor environments, a huge building challenge lies ahead of us, mainly related to the development of new building projects and the need to upgrade the existing building stock. To ensure a future-proof, sustainable economy for future generations, reducting the use of primary resources is essential. Therefore, there is a need for a shift from linear to circular systems. Circularity aims at narrowing, slowing and/or closing material, water, and energy flows (Boeken et al. 2015).

The HVAC sector certainly has great potential to contribute to circularity. Cydes of energy, air and water f1ows form the core business. Service installations and components are often subject to maintenance or replacement. Here, the preservation and reuse of valuable components offer considerable opportunities, both from an environmental point of view and from a user comfort and business perspective.

The mentioned opportunities and benefits have, at least for the time being, not translated into a large-scale market breakthrough. The sector needs a clear vision on realising circularity targets, based on innovative strategies and an integrated approach on the area of circular design, product technology, business models and administration & management. Few examples of these four strategies, are as follows.

Examples of circular design: Design for disassembly; Product life cycle strategies; Product functionality; Building design; Environmental assessment of circular components.

With the CSP Panel (particular PCM panel), PCM Technology has introduced a phase change material with Cradle to Cradle Silver certification to the market (Source: Phase change materials either store heat or release it, when their physical condition changes, allowing them to generate more consistent room temperatures. The panels are built into walls or ceiling surfaces.

To attain the CZC Silver certification, the entire production process of the CSP Panel has been checked for health aspects and reusability of the material, as well as for (green) energy use, water use and social justice. Circularity is therefore part of an integral methodology.

Examples of product technology: Biological, technical and critical materials; Reuse and remanufacturing of components; Circular maintenance; Product and material tracking; Sandards and regulations

Since 2018 Carrier has been committed to setting up and tracking material passports for (a series of) air heat pumps. This venture immediately showed how complex the issue can be for installation components. The process took a considerable time, partly as a result of the long supply chain, the complexity of the products or the quantity and materials and origin.

Unlike a concrete shell or wooden frame, an installation component consists of a large variety of materials. Taking stock of these materials offers the possibility of generating a dettailed LCA and thus providing products with better labesl in the  National Environmental Database (NMD). Most installation products in the NMD have a so-called generic category 3 label. This entails a conservative estimate of the LCA and an additional penalty of 30% to ensure that the results are not presented too positively. Within the framework of the MPG requirement, which has been tightened since 1 July 2021, imroving data quality is therefore an attractive circular initiative and a basis for creating circular awareness.

A second example that contributes to increasing awareness and defining materials and raw materials, is Madaster (see|), the so-called registry for materials. Madaster offers a platform to record and store properties, quantities, locations and characteristics in a structured way.

Examples of business models: Value proposition; Total cost of ownership; Total benefits of ownership; Legal and safety aspects; New models of ownership; Strategies for product services

One of the best-known examples in the field of installation technology that is provided ‘As a Service’ is ‘Light as a Service’, where Philips Lighting (now Signify) was the first party to offer light instead of lighting. Philips remains the owner of the LED lighting fixtures and lamps and charges an amount per quantity lux or burning hours delivered.

Also, the first ‘Lift as a Service’ concept was delivered in Circl, the ABN Ambro pavilioin on Zuidas in Amsterdam. Here, Mitsubishi launched its M-Use concept. It is a circular model for lifts, which charges for use rather than a traditional purchase and maintanance subscription.

This ‘product as a service’ model avoids high investment costs for the customer, and reuse and recycling are the priority at the end of the lift’s service life. The handling of materials and effective lift maintenance can therefore lead to a longer service life compared to bought lifts, which in turn can contribute to the strategy of delai. The well-known principle of an Energy Service Company (ESCo) can also be described as a Heat As A Service proposition. The big difference here, however, is that an ESCo is rarely, if ever, the producer of the products and thus differs from the regular As a Service proposition.

Examples of administration & Management: Supply chain management; Reverse logistics; Engagement of stakeholders; Responsibility of producer responsibility; Business operations, facilities and resources; Policy

In October 2018, Grundfos and Technische Unie took the initiative to collect old pumps for recycling. Collecting the pumps is a start to realising a circular production process. The take-back strategy that the parties have set up together has reduced the material impact, as materals taken from the pumps are no longer destroyed.

Old pumps were previously partially recycled at a traditional waste disposal facility. But here, not all the material from the pumps could be reused. By choosing to take back and reus and/or recycle the pumps, the percentage of reused material from these old pumps is over 97%. That is 10% more than with a traditional waste management company. Wilo has also developed a similar programme, where the look at each pump to decide which parts can be reused or recycled. In 2020, for example, 223,000 magnets had been reused, according to the company. They do this, on the one hand, to avoid limiting the quantity of primary raw materials and, on the other hand, to ensure the quality of the supply of raw materials. Both are concrete examples of the closing and regeneration strategy.

Read this article in REHVA Journal 1

Share this post

Would you like to receive
news updates?