Responsibility for the environment

Verantwortung für die Umwelt
In the manufacture of our products, we seek to impact the environment as little as possible. Safety, environmental protection and quality management are absolutely essential to this aim. We have therefore instituted Group-wide regulations, strategies and organizational structures for corporate environmental protection. We manage our Group-wide activities through a certified environmental management system. In this way, we aim to reduce our emissions and waste while also ensuring that resources such as energy, water and raw materials are utilized as efficiently as possible. Process safety is a key prerequisite here.
 
Investing in climate protection
Climate change and its consequences are already impacting life on Earth today. Being a responsible company, we are resolute in our quest to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2009, we set the goal of reducing our direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020, measured against the 2006 baseline. Because the bulk of our greenhouse gas emissions and energy requirements stem from production, we are working to increase our energy efficiency and reduce process-related emissions particularly in this area. In 2009, we launched a comprehensive climate protection program called EDISON. Through the approximately 300 EDISON projects that have been initiated since 2012, our company is striving to annually save around 60,000 metric kilotons of CO2 in the medium term. Within the scope of the Carbon Disclosure Project, we have been reporting for several years now to our stakeholders - in particular customers, NGOs and shareholders – telling them in detail about our activities, measures, and achievements.

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