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We are already seeing the ecological, economic and social consequences of climate change worldwide. That’s why STIHL supports the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2° Celsius. With this in mind, we are setting ourselves ambitious goals for environmental protection. By doing so, we continue to live up to our responsibility as a globally active family business and to contribute to preserving the livelihoods of future generations.

Environmental protection

Continuously improving environmental protection and climate protection

How can we conserve resources? How do we get by with less energy? How do we supply ourselves with electricity and heat in a way that is as carbon-neutral as possible? We are working intensively on these questions in order to become more energy-efficient from year to year – and to ultimately be climate-neutral. In addition, we support international environmental protection and climate protection activities beyond the company’s boundaries.

Protection of forest resources

The forest is a special treasure that requires protection

STIHL has its roots in forestry. That’s why we are particularly committed to the world’s forests, and take responsibility in this respect. We condemn illegal logging, large-scale burning clearance and clearing with heavy machinery – and not just in tropical rainforests. We are committed to the sustainable use of forest resources worldwide.


Biodiversity: Working in and with nature.

STIHL products are made for working in and with nature, and we are aware of our particular responsibility towards sensitive ecosystems. Their protection is a key concern for us, and we have made it an essential focus area in our sustainability strategy for good reason.

The path to climate neutrality:
Environmental and climate protection at STIHL

Here we show you how our STIHL sites around the world have successfully increased energy efficiency by means of a wide range of projects. STIHL has already received several awards for its environmental commitment.

STIHL Austria

Exemplary climate protection:
STIHL Austria

STIHL Tirol in Langkampfen has been operating a photovoltaic installation since 2018, saving around 14 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually. In 2020 STIHL Tirol was awarded the “climate-active” title by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism’s climate protection initiative for the second time. An expansion of the installation is already being planned.

STIHL Germany

New ways of supplying energy:
STIHL Germany

As part of the plant expansion and reorganization, the Ludwigsburg plant was connected to the Ludwigsburg-Kornwestheim municipal utilities district heating network in 2018. The five-kilometer-long network of public utilities is operated with heat derived from wood, biogas and the sun as energy sources. This facilitates climate-friendly heating without fossil fuels. Two heat exchangers deliver a maximum heat output of 1,400 kilowatts, which means that around 50 percent of the total heat requirement is met by district heating. As a further measure, the entire plant has been equipped with LED lighting, significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

STIHL Brazil

Considerate water use:
STIHL Brazil

At the STIHL São Leopoldo plant in Brazil, industrial wastewater is treated in the facility’s own dedicated chemical and physical wastewater treatment plant. Installing the system has significantly reduced the amount of chemicals required. The wastewater is collected and treated in a targeted manner and can be reused within the process chain several times. In 2017, the production line there also received a new heating system. In practical terms, the new feature meant that electrical energy for the heating resistors was replaced by thermal energy, saving more than 50 percent on energy costs.


Using geothermal energy:

A state-of-the-art plant expansion was commissioned at the STIHL plant in Qingdao in China in 2013. Both the production building and the office spaces and canteen are primarily heated and air-conditioned with geothermally heated or cooled water. Heat recovery from the exhaust air from the hall, offices and test cabins, compressors and future plants is integrated into building management on a centralized basis. Domestic water heating is also part of the system.

STIHL Sweden

STIHL Sweden

In Stenkullen, Sweden, the Scandinavian sales company STIHL Norden has invested 280,000 euros in a new solar energy system. A total of 924 solar panels have been installed on the roof of the newly built warehouse, and provide a total output of 240,000 kilowatt hours. The plant was commissioned in 2019. During the day, it operates autonomously for the site’s own consumption; any surplus electricity generated is sold regionally as green electricity. The solar power system was supported by the Swedish government.


Protecting the climate with wind power: STIHL USA

STIHL Incorporated has commissioned six wind turbines in Virginia Beach, USA, since 2011. The turbines are almost two meters tall and weigh 110 kilograms, with each of them capable of producing up to 2.25 kilowatts of electricity, which is used directly for the company’s own consumption.

STIHL supports environmental and climate protection projects

STIHL supports local and global initiatives that protect natural resources and the environment. STIHL employees are active at the respective sites and participate locally in collaborations and projects to maintain and preserve ecologically valuable green areas and forests. STIHL also supports international environmental protection organizations and projects.

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