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!
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.