Responsibility to the environment
Using natural resources responsibly, alongside protecting the climate and environment, are core elements of G+D’s CSR policy. The Group-wide corporate goal is to make the entire value chain sustainable in the long term, and to continuously reduce its ecological footprint.
In terms of providing a brighter future for our society, G+D thinks and acts sustainably when it comes to protecting the environment and climate. This allows G+D to achieve standards which go far beyond legal requirements. All major production sites today already have an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001. G+D will undergo a recertification audit in 2018, and in the course of this will change over to the reworked ISO 14001:2015 standard Group-wide.
The restructuring of G+D will give rise to four new independent business sectors in 2017, which will in future take over responsibility for the practical implementation of climate and environmental measures. The business sectors and the corporate center will therefore maintain their own independent management systems, and the previous Group certifications will be superseded.
Overview of the G+D environmental and climate goals
In order to reduce its ecological footprint, G+D has set itself ambitious goals, and is working to apply them throughout the value chain:
Reduction and optimization of energy consumption in all locations worldwide to prevent CO2 emissions to as great an extent as possible
Ongoing product development to reduce the product carbon footprint (PCF)
Steady increase in the percentage of recyclable material in products
Environment and climate protection measures
Making actions measurable
As a company that does business internationally, it is important to critically examine, compare, and improve our actions and measures with regard to the climate and environment across all sites. That’s why since 2015, G+D has based its key environmental and sustainability indicators in its 22 largest production locations on the globally recognized standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). These form the basis for transparent reporting. The resulting optimization measures are implemented by the locations themselves to increase the sense of responsibility on-site.
The carbon footprint
In order to steadily reduce CO₂ emissions, G+D measures all greenhouse gas emissions at its global production sites. G+D uses the Greenhouse Gas Protocol standard, which is the most frequently used calculation method internationally. In 2016, the G+D “Corporate Carbon Footprint” corresponded to 348,136 US tons of CO₂ emissions for the year. This amount comprises direct emissions, CO₂ emissions resulting from purchased energy, and indirect emissions from the procurement of raw materials and business travel (scope 1-3). By 2016, G+D managed to reduce emissions by 9 percent relative to the base year of 2010.
From development to the packing of our products, we combine outstanding technical quality with efficient use of raw materials and resource conservation. We develop “green” products made of materials that are environmentally friendly, long-lasting, and easy to recycle, such as payment cards made using recycled plastic. The raw material used in our banknote paper includes cotton comber noils, a by-product of the textile industry. On request from the customer, this raw material can be sourced from organic crops. The banknotes can be disposed of in an environmentally – friendly manner when taken out of circulation.
Paper mill Louisenthal saves resources
A look at the Louisenthal paper mill shows how G+D conserves resources. As a manufacturer of banknote paper, foils, and threads, Louisenthal is an energy-intensive operation. In order to save energy, the plant has been gradually developing a heat recovery system on the company premises since 2014. Its purpose is to heat and cool the building. Consumers and heat generators are closely intertwined in the production process; waste heat from production is fed into the circulation system, meaning that less thermal heat must be purchased externally in the form of natural gas. Costs have been reduced by 20%.
In addition, Louisenthal has been using an effective wastewater management system since 2009. Wastewater that results from production is treated in a high-tech bio-membrane reactor, and can be reused in the production process. The same system has also been in use in the G+D paper mill in Königstein since 2009.