ebalta sustainability contribution
Our goal is to keep our ecological footprint as low as possible. To this end, we are continuously increasing and standardising the proportion of recycled and renewable raw materials. Another component of our sustainability strategy is to offset and compensate for the remaining CO2 emissions. We have been certified as a carbon-neutral company through CO2 offsetting since January 2021.
In order to meet this goal, conserve resources and to take the scarcity of goods into account, the following guidelines result in measures for our company:
Measures for CO2 reduction – Materials
Our research and development team is continuously working to increase and standardise the proportion of recycled and renewable raw materials. At the same time, we strive for a market-oriented price-performance ratio. Renewable raw materials include, for example, castor oil, sugar, sunflower oil or lignin.
The complete cycle of recyclable materials is included in the reduction measures. For example, cutting residues from board processing are processed into briquettes and used as fillers for resin boards.
We want to produce individual products, including the product life cycle, in a carbon-neutral way. To this end, a product carbon footprint (PCF) is drawn up. Currently, our casting compound GM 1914 for the production of climbing holds is already certified carbon neutral. The product contains over 40 % renewable raw materials in the end product.
Measures for CO2 reduction – Energy consumption
In order to reduce our own CO2 emissions as much as possible, we have a photovoltaic system on the roofs of ebalta. In addition, the entire company is supplied with 100 % green electricity. All lamps in our buildings have been changed to LED.
Existing production processes are continuously optimised to reduce our energy consumption and thus the impact on emissions. For example, heat exchangers are used to recover heat from the exhaust air.
Company cars are offered as hybrid or electric. Charging columns are purchased on the company premises, which are fed with electricity from the company’s own PV system. Through the bicycle leasing programme, the way to work is becoming increasingly carbon-neutral.
Measures for CO2 reduction – Environmental management
We increase the environmental awareness of our employees through regular employee training and instruction.
With the help of the data determined by our environmental management representative, ebalta draws up an annual CO2 climate balance. Gaps and potentials for CO2 reduction are regularly pointed out by workshops of the company natureOffice GmbH, a member of the Alliance for Climate and Development.
Within the framework of our certified environmental management system, we regularly check the implementation of our goals and document the progress.
Offsetting and certificates
The direct and indirect emissions for energy generation remaining in the carbon footprint are offset or “compensated” by ebalta through investments in climate protection projects.
Compensation in 2020 was achieved by supporting the certified climate protection project “Hydroelectric Project in Kinnaur”, India. This climate protection project generates clean energy from hydropower and thus avoids emissions from fossil fuels.
In addition to offsetting, ebalta also supports PROJECT TOGO, a natural forest reforestation project in which self-sustaining value chains are established. The donation from ebalta will be used to purchase an oil mill for the women’s cooperative in Kotokopé, Togo.
The company natureOffice GmbH, member of the Alliance for Climate and Development, supports ebalta in carrying out the compensation and certification of carbon neutrality.
Corporate policy of ebalta Kunststoff GmbH
- By optimising existing manufacturing processes, we actively reduce our consumption of resources and thus the impact on emissions and waste. We become sustainable by using raw materials that conserve resources. We know our CO2 footprint, reduce it permanently and compensate remaining emissions.
- We provide all-round satisfaction to our customers and strive for continuous improvement in customer satisfaction. We also strive to maximise the satisfaction of our employees.
- Compliance with and fulfilment of our binding obligations are a matter of course for us.
We increase the quality, safety and environmental awareness of our employees through regular training and instruction. The continuous reduction and minimisation of accidental impacts are a matter of course for us, as is responsible chemical management.
We identify the use of restricted substances in manufacturing processes and finished products and try to minimise or substitute them. Compliance with legal regulations is ensured.
We have taken preventive measures to reduce unwanted emissions in the event of potential operational disruptions.
Within the framework of our introduced, maintained and continuously improved management system, we regularly review the implementation of our goals and document the progress made.
- We communicate our corporate policy to the general public and information from our environmental goals and programmes to interested parties when interest is expressed