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Tuesday, October 11 2022 - 22:56
World Economic Forum Recognizes Arcelik's Ulmi Plant as a Sustainability Lighthouse
ISTANBUL, Oct. 11, 2022, /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

Arcelik's washing machine plant in Ulmi, Romania ranked among global pioneers 
in sustainability.

Arcelik, the global household appliances manufacturer and a subsidiary of Koc 
Holding, Turkey's largest industrial conglomerate, today announced its plant in 
Ulmi, Romania has been awarded Sustainability Lighthouse status by the World 
Economic Forum (WEF), in recognition of its effective on-site sustainability 
measures. This follows Arcelik's existing status as a Global Lighthouse granted 
by WEF for its Ulmi plant in 2019 and Eskisehir plant in 2021 for the 
successful adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies to 
enhance productivity and performance.

The World Economic Forum's Global Lighthouse Network (GLN) seeks to promote 4IR 
technologies to transform production facilities, value chains and business 
models. In 2021, the GLN introduced Sustainability Lighthouse as a new 
designation to recognize manufacturers applying innovative 4IR transformations 
to drive productivity while safeguarding the environment.

Arcelik's Ulmi washing machine plant is leading the way in efficient and 
sustainable manufacturing and uses cutting edge technologies for enhanced 
energy and water efficiency. The Ulmi plant is now designated one of the ten 
Sustainability Lighthouse sites in the Global Lighthouse Network.

Arcelik CEO Hakan Bulgurlu commented on the honor, saying, "We are proud to be 
acknowledged as a pioneer for sustainability by the World Economic Forum. It's 
a reflection of our deep commitment to sustainability across the organization."

"We have ambitious environmental goals and believe that innovation is key in 
accomplishing them. We aim to hit net-zero emissions in all operations by 2050 
through green investments in renewable energy, as well as energy efficiency in 
products and production. Our Ulmi factory serves as a laboratory and sets an 
example for the entire Arcelik ecosystem. We set out to build not only a 
production-efficient Industry 4.0 unit, but also one that reflects our 
commitment to contribute to a better future. And this accolade is 
well-deserved, thanks to investments in cutting-edge technologies and green 
manufacturing applications. I'm proud of all my colleagues who worked hard and 
with drive to make this happen."

As a global sustainability leader, the Arcelik Ulmi Washing Machine Plant 
stands out with the following achievements:

The factory is Romania's first and only production unit to hold the LEED 
Platinum certification.
The plant uses 100% green electricity. It has renewable energy systems for 
heating and cooling, such as roof top solar panels (PV) (930 kWp) and 
concentrated solar power (700 kWth) and plans to increase PV capacity by 160% 
by the first half of 2023.
A "digital twin" model of the plant self-adjusts the lighting and optimizes the 
cooling and heating systems. Building Management System uses an algorithm that 
employs roughly 15,000 real-time data points from more than 650 
energy-measurement devices and sensors.
The lighting system uses 62.9% less electricity than a non-automated system, 
and the need for natural gas boilers is reduced by 34.5% for domestic hot water 
Due to the high-water stress level of the factory location, an advanced 
wastewater treatment plant was established, treating 100% of domestic and 
industrial wastewater, and recycling and reusing 68% of its water withdrawal.
All efforts resulted in a 17% energy savings per product, a 25% reduction in 
water withdrawal per product, and a 22% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 GHG 
emissions per product in production in a year, in line with corporate targets.
Since it began operation, the plant has prevented 684 tons of CO2 emissions.
About Arcelik 

With 45,000 employees throughout the world, Arcelik's global operations include 
subsidiaries in 53 countries, and 30 production facilities in 9 countries and 
12 brands (Arcelik, Beko, Grundig, Blomberg, ElektraBregenz, Arctic, Leisure, 
Flavel, Defy, Altus, Dawlance, Voltas Beko). Arcelik, which is among the three 
largest white goods companies in Europe with its market share (based on 
volumes), reached a consolidated turnover of 6.5 billion Euros in 2021. 
Arcelik's 29 R&D and Design Centers & Offices across the globe are home to over 
2,300 researchers and hold up to 3,000 international registered patent 
applications to date. In 2021, Arcelik achieved the highest score in the DHP 
Household Durables category for the 3rd year in a row (based on the results 
dated November 2021) in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index of the S&P Global 
Corporate Sustainability Assessment. Through its leadership position in 
sustainability and credible decarbonization roadmap for achieving net zero, 
Arçelik became the first and only company from its industry to receive the 
Terra Carta Seal by His Majesty King Charles III. Arcelik's vision is 
'Respecting the World, Respected Worldwide.' 

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