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 an enormous 69 percent since 2013, 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 41 percent since 2008, 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 2021 was 12 percent. Our recycling rate is 97 percent.
The installation of two photovoltaic systems with a total capacity of over 400 kilowatts on the roofs of the parking garages will save 200 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
We have several buildings heated by geothermal energy. With the construction of the fifth building at the headquarters, it was necessary to develop a new heating concept. Schreiner Group opted for heat generation by geothermal energy using groundwater.
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 promote e-mobility more strongly, nine charging stations for electric vehicles were installed in 2020 – for company vehicles, employees and visitors.
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 2023 these are: