Resource-Efficient OperationsSustainable Products and Services

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At Bystronic, our approach towards sustainability is based on three pillars:

  • improve our own operational sustainability,
  • improve the sustainability of our customers, and
  • inspire our industry to co-create a sustainable future for sheet metal.

A strong focus lies on decarbonization of our value chain and on enabling our industry to continuously enhance its energy and resource efficiency.

Resource-Efficient Operations

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Decarbonizing our operations and those of our customers is paramount to achieving a zero emissions industry by 2050. In line with the Science Based Targets initiative we have identified mid-term decarbonization targets and are committed to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 42% by 2030 (baseline 2021). In order to achieve this, we are steadily trying to reduce energy consumption.

We are shifting to alternative heating systems, switching to green energy where possible and growing our electric fleet. 18% of energy consumption is renewable energy. In 2022, LCAs were conducted on key machines in our portfolio. This allows further energy and material efficiency improvements.


Total waste in 2022 in tons

Greenhouse gas emissions
(Scope 1 & 2)

in 2022 in t CO₂e/year


Greenhouse gas emissions
(Scope 3 - Cat. 1 & 11)

in 2022 in t CO₂e/year


* Calculated with world average grid emission factor. If customer country grid emission factor (medium voltage) is applied for each sold machine, then Scope 3 Cat. 11 is 1,010,486 tCO2e in 2022

Sustainable Products and Services

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Improving energy and resource efficiency of our systems is the biggest lever to reduce Scope 3 emissions. We have formed a “sustainable engineering” function within our R&D organization in order to accelerate the sustainability features and build our green product portfolio systems. The R&D team has integrated sustainability and circularity in the product development process.

As an innovation pioneer in the sheet metal industry, we see a vast opportunity to avoid emissions at our customers’ operations. We are developing a variety of sustainable features that will help decarbonize the industry. For instance our nesting solution: a process that optimizes the cutting plan of a metal sheet reduces residual material, so that less material needs to be recycled. Just a 10% optimization of each cutting plan of all our machines in use has the potential to avoid roughly 50 million tons of carbon emissions at our customers.

In addition, we are working with our suppliers to reduce emissions from the upstream supply chain. The demand for resources is growing and they are becoming ever scarcer. Consequently, circularity is a critical and important element of our sustainability strategy. We have conducted a life cycle assessment of our solutions to understand where we can have the biggest impact to improve energy and resource efficiency.

At our own production sites, we have implemented a waste management system for waste separation and recycling, and we are tracking the volume of waste and hazardous waste. Our production sites are constantly reducing waste and increasing recycling rates.

Bystronic sees the potential to accelerate its impact in the downstream value chain. Therefore, we have established a circular approach – a four-step strategy – enabled by our service and software solutions:


Refurbished machines in 2022

Bystronic circularity approach

The circular economy represents a transformative approach to production and consumption, distinct from the traditional linear model of "make, use, dispose." In a circular economy, resources are kept in use for as long as possible, extracting maximum value, and then recovered and regenerated at the end of their service life. Our model significantly impacts the manufacturing industry by promoting sustainable practices.