Environmental and climate protection play an important role for us—we successfully take responsibility for protecting the environment. CO2- and solvent reduction, waste recycling, photovoltaics, geothermal energy and green building: Find out what we are doing concretely for the environment and climate protection.
Sustainability determines the way Schreiner Group thinks and acts. We do not focus on short-term goals, but see our daily activities, cooperation with customers and employees as long-term. In addition to securing jobs for all employees, Schreiner Group's sustainable business activities equally include responsible concern for the environment. As ambassadors and pioneers for environmental protection, the careful and economical use of resources is important to us.
Dr. Thomas Gulden, Sustainability Officer and Head of Environmental Protection and Occupational Safety, is responsible for this area. In addition, there are, among other things, a technical environmental officer, occupational safety specialists, safety officers, a laser protection officer, a fire protection officer, over 70 fire protection assistants, approx. 150 first aiders and a company doctor.
We have reduced our EMAS CO2 emissions by more than 70 percent since 2012, despite strong sales growth. Our CO2 reduction programs focus on generating renewable energy, reducing energy consumption, purchasing green electricity, increasing material efficiency and manufacturing sustainable products.
In terms of gross value added, solvent emissions in production have been reduced by 53 percent since 2007, in particular due to the commissioning of new cleaning systems that use solvent-free or low-solvent cleaning agents.
We use an intelligent waste separation system to ensure almost 100 percent recycling of the more than 40 waste fractions. The recycling rate in 2022 was 12 percent. Our recycling rate is 97 percent.
The installation of two photovoltaic systems with a total capacity of over 400 Kilowatt-peak on the roofs of the parking garages will save 200 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
To achieve its ambitious climate neutrality goal while minimizing its dependency on gas, Schreiner Group in an area of approximately 300 square meters has erected a building that houses four large heat pumps for generating energy from groundwater. As a result, the utilization of groundwater for heat generation and cooling increases significantly. Due to this capital expenditure, Schreiner Group’s dependency on gas is expected to decrease by approximately 90 percent starting as early as in the second quarter of 2023.
Designed and built with sustainability in mind, our sixth headquarters building is 100 percent carbon neutral. In addition to its exemplary climate footprint, the office complex built in 2017 combines important elements for health- and climate-conscious working.
To intensify the promotion of electric mobility, a total of 31 charging stations for electric vehicles – company cars, employee and visitor cars – has been installed since 2020. We are constantly expanding the charging station infrastructure.
More than a quarter of all cars in our fleet are already hybrid or electric vehicles. The purchase of these vehicles was partially subsidized by the European Union.
Since 2015, Schreiner Group has actively supported the conservation of honey bees: At that time, ten bee colonies found their home on the company premises in Oberschleissheim.
Our environmental and occupational health and safety program is summarized annually in four top goals, which are pursued through measures behind them. For 2024 these are: