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Helping society and industry achieve a more productive, sustainable future

“At ABB, we embed sustainability in everything we do to create long-term value.”

-  ABB CEO, Björn Rosengren

Leading the way to the circular economy

To help preserve the Earth’s resources for future generations, ABB has a comprehensive circularity framework that – on the one hand – drives circularity in our own operations and – on the other – enables our customers to become more circular. By 2030, we aim to innovate towards new circular business models, covering all four stages of the product lifecycle.

We design our products to be sustainable, which means making them more durable and maximizing the content that can be reused and recycled to eliminate waste. We source raw materials with the maximum amount of sustainable content.

Example:

ABB’s highest-efficiency motors use no rare-earth materials

ABB’s award-winning synchronous reluctance (SynRM) motors deliver the highest energy efficiency of any current design and require no rare-earth materials in their manufacture.

High efficiency

Compared with earlier-generation motors, ABB’s IEA 5 ultra-premium SynRM motor reduces energy losses by up to 40 percent.

Less waste

With a magnet-free design, SynRM motors contain no rare-earth materials, which reduces resource consumption in their manufacture and creates less waste.

Prolonged lifetime

With up to 30°C lower winding temperatures and up to 15°C lower bearing temperatures, SynRM motors increase reliability, prolong motor lifetime and reduce the need for maintenance.

Reaching IE5 efficiency with magnet-free motors

Thanks to an innovative rotor design, SynRM motors have significantly lower energy losses than comparable induction motors, saving energy and running at a lower temperature, which reduces service needs and the risk of failure.

Within our own operations, we avoid waste by making our products and processes more efficient and maximizing the use of sustainable materials for packaging. We continuously seek ways to improve logistics efficiency.

Example:

ABB factory eliminates waste sent to landfills in just two years

Close to 40 percent of ABB’s 400 sites around the world are already sending no waste to landfill. One landmark example is our Smart Power manufacturing unit in Frosinone, Italy.

Zero waste

Through rigorous waste sorting and identification, the factory separates production waste into around 150 categories of material.

Innovative operations

The factory has been recognized as a ‘Lighthouse plant’ by the Italian government for digital transformation and Industry 4.0 strategies.

Workforce involvement

Every workstation has separate waste containers for cardboard/paper and plastic.

Zero waste to landfill achieved at ABB’s Frosinone factory in Italy

Zero production waste to landfill has been achieved at ABB Smart Power’s manufacturing unit in Frosinone, Italy — 14 years ahead of the European Union’s Circular Economy Package target of no more than 10 percent landfilling by 2035.

We support our customers with products and services that increase resource and process efficiency, enable upgrades and optimize the lifetime of their equipment and facilities.

Example:

Using paper mill technology to recycle textiles more efficiently

With ABB technology, a former paper mill will be transformed into the world’s first commercial-scale recycling plant for cellulosic textiles – created by dissolving natural materials such as cellulose which is then regenerated to create a wide range of fabrics.

Repurposing old equipment

New technology turns pulp-drying mill into world’s first commercial-scale recycling plant for cellulosic textiles.

Reducing waste sent to landfills

Recycled textiles would otherwise be disposed of in landfills or incinerated.

Saving water

Recycling textiles uses far less fresh water than producing them from scratch; new plant is expected to save 90 billion liters each year, equivalent to 36,000 Olympic-sized pools.

ABB helps make fashion industry more sustainable with innovative technology

ABB wins large-scale order for automation, electrification, quality control systems, motors and drives at world’s first commercial-scale textile recycling plant.

We offer take-back services, leading to refurbishment, re-use or recycling of products and components and we provide instructions for responsible end-of-life of treatment of our products.

Example:

Recycling and remanufacturing of old robots

Remanufacturing enables existing robot users to sell inactive or legacy robots to ABB with an attractive buy-back service, rather than scrapping them or leaving them unused.

Extended life

Sourcing unused and discontinued robots for remanufacturing ensures older robots avoid being scrapped prematurely

Flexibility and productivity

Remanufactured robots help customers unlock new functionalities and advanced services while reducing maintenance costs and maximizing return on investment.

Two-year warranty

Buyers of refurbished equipment receive support from local service teams, including installation and training.

ABB makes manufacturing more sustainable by recycling and remanufacturing thousands of old robots

For more than 25 years, ABB has been refurbishing and upgrading old robots to give them a second life. As well as previously owned robots, peripheral equipment such as controllers and manipulators are refurbished to “like-new” conditions.
Hear our podcast on how the latest technology is shaping our world

ABB Decoded podcast, episode 7

Oct 12, 2021

Hear our podcast on how the latest technology is shaping our world

Morten Wierod, President of ABB’s Motion Business Area, explains how high-efficiency motors and drives are an invisible ally in the fight against climate change.

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