thyssenkrupp Elevator recently announced its long-term plan to reduce its carbon footprint, an ambitious blueprint that foresees slashing the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by half within 20 years. The goal is part of its continuing efforts to become a more environmentally friendly industrial business. “Our climate targets are ambitious but, in view of the tasks and challenges facing us in terms of climate protection, they are not exaggerated,” said company CEO Peter Walker. “We see a clear responsibility on the part of the companies and are determined to make our contribution, and it should be sustainable in the long term.” In keeping with scientific criteria that underpin the Paris Climate Agreement, thyssenkrupp hopes to realize a 25% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Under the plan, the company would reach the 50% reduction target by 2040. More than half of thyssenkrupp Elevator’s carbon emissions are related to its vehicle fleet, so this is where efforts will be focused. Methods will include optimization and route efficiency planning, as well as the use of hybrid and electric vehicles. Improvements in technician driving efficiency via the VIEW platform will help reduce unnecessary mileage on vehicles. The use of MAX, thyssenkrupp’s real-time, predictive maintenance system, will help determine which parts are needed before traveling to the jobsite.
“thyssenkrupp Elevator’s long-standing commitment to sustainability starts at our own operations with these ambitious carbon targets,” said Paula Casares, head of sustainability. “Our reduction of carbon emissions throughout our full operations will not only help our bottom line, but will also allow us to provide the best answer to our customers while acting in an environmentally responsible way in all phases of our business.”
In a LinkedIn post titled “Animating ropes is way harder than it looks,” Ron Acord, a 3D artist/photographer/videographer for thyssenkrupp Elevator, shared a video clip of ropes in operation. Despite its brevity, the animation clearly shows how such a system works. Acord also captured some lovely images when thyssenkrupp Elevator completed the concrete core of its test tower near Atlanta. Upon completion, it will be the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere at 420 ft. A couple of Acord’s test-tower photos are seen below.
When Johnny Beaver retired in March after 51 years in the elevator business, his friends and coworkers at Schindler Elevator in Charlotte, North Carolina, wanted to give him the best party they could. Unfortunately, his retirement came just as the COVID-19 pandemic was starting to take hold. Social distancing and other lockdown measures designed to slow the spread of the disease had become the new order of the day, so the usual retirement party was a no-go. But, elevator folks aren’t the type to let such an occasion pass unnoticed, so they did the next best thing: They staged a farewell vehicle parade in front of Beaver’s home, complete with signs, flags and honking horns. The event, captured by television station WSOCTV9, was a rousing sendoff indeed. Beaver, visibly moved by the celebration, exclaimed, “Today has been a ball, like a rollercoaster!” Matt Davis, general manager of the Schindler office, heaped praise on the five-decade industry veteran, saying, “He has the biggest heart in the world.” Waving and pointing to friends as they slowly drove past, Beaver said, “This was very special. It really was. It was put together with some really good friends.”