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Environmental & Energy Management System according to ISO 14001 & 50001

As a globally operating company, we feel a strong responsibility to align our corporate activities in an environmentally friendly way in order to preserve nature for future generations. Our goal is to protect biodiversity and preserve existing ecosystems by using natural resources responsibly and increasing our energy efficiency.

The ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) and the ISO 50001 Energy Management System (EnMS) are therefore valuable tools for our internal environmental and energy policy, because:

  • it enables us to reduce our negative environmental impact
  • it helps to minimise our energy consumption to a minimum within economic and technical feasibility
  • it ensures a continuous improvement in environmental and energy performance

In 2018, we commissioned our modern energy center, which consists of a combined heat and power unit (CHP), an adiabatic cooling machine (AKM) and a storage tank.

You can find more information about our certificates for download on the official website of GUTcert: https://www.gut-cert.de/zertifikate/firma/token/9zyaw4.

Climate neutral

Since 2016, we have been "offsetting" our CO2 emissions of our factory in Herford in verified climate protection projects in the Global South. In 2016 and 2017, we did our CO2 compensations in the Togo project. Our emissions caused in 2018, 2019 and 2020 were offset in the climate protection project of the Gola Rainforest National Park in Sierra Leone.

The project in Sierra Leone protects an area of 70,000 hectares of the Gola National Park as well as a 70,000 hectares buffer zone along the borders. This is carried out in close cooperation with 122 communities, which are also part of the administrative bodies of the National Park. In addition to supporting schools, medical facilities and sustainable land use, the project integrates sustainable cocoa farming. It creates an ecosystem whose biocapacity serves the diversity and stabilisation of ecological and social life in the medium and long term. The Gola Rainforest Climate Change Project in Sierra Leone is certified with the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and also carries the additional standard of the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) in the gold level categories "Adaptation to Climate Change" and "Conservation of Biodiversity".

 

Packaging

We use environmentally friendly packaging as much as possible, whereby we always strive to meet our customers' requirements. 

The topic "enviromental friendly" packaging is very complex and challenging, therefore we work hard to optimise the packaging with regard to its environmental friendliness. The goal is to reduce the volume of materials, using materials that are made in a resource-saving way and that are completely recyclable or biodegradable - while securing optimal product safety.