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Schreiner Group Aims to Be Climate Neutral by 2030

The internationally oriented, family-owned company known for innovative high-tech labels and functional parts is assuming a pioneering role in German industry by setting strategic sustainability goals.

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From photovoltaic systems installed on the parking garage roofs, insect-friendly wildflower verges that benefit the company’s own bee colonies, and charging stations for electric vehicles available on the plant premises to the most recently erected facility that is a completely climate-neutral “green building,” Schreiner Group does a great deal for the environment. “But in recent years, we have even clearly achieved a lot more,” says Dr. Thomas Gulden, who is in charge of the family-owned company’s environmental management. “We succeeded in reducing CO2 emissions by 70% and our share of renewable energies amounts to more than 55%. Furthermore, we purchase only green electricity at our German locations.” Now, Schreiner Group has set itself an ambitious goal. “By manufacturing sustainable products, we intend to achieve climate-neutral production from 2023 on and full climate neutrality by 2030.” For this purpose, the company has concentrated and optimized all actions for CO2 reduction and energy efficiency, for resource conservation and avoidance of waste, as well as for compliance with corporate governance and protection of human rights. Numerous actions are being taken to further enhance energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energies—from optimizing air conditioning systems to switching to LED lighting to the expansion of electric mobility. Obviously, the company is paying particular attention to its products: CO2 emissions can already be significantly reduced today by using sustainable materials, such as recycled ones instead of petroleum-based plastics. All sustainable products can be identified by the “Integrated Sustainability” logo. In addition, Schreiner Group reduces its amount of annual waste by nearly 300 metric tons as a result of recycling activities. Compliance with social standards is regulated in the company’s code of conduct and subject to regular reviews—including supplier compliance.  “Our strategic sustainability goal does not pay lip service to sustainability,” says CEO Roland Schreiner. “For us, climate protection, social sustainability, and environmental fairness are a matter of social responsibility that we, as a company, want to and have to live up to. As a family-owned business we have always understood our responsibility for our employees, our partners, and for our region. This is a responsibility we have for future generations as well.”  Dr. Gulden explains the process of developing Schreiner Group’s strategic sustainability goal: “We started by defining our key action fields.” For Schreiner Group, these are climate protection, its own products, and its sustainability system. “We then matched the demands of our stakeholders with these action fields, created a roadmap, and defined actions to be taken. All individual goals and all actions are found in our strategic sustainability goal.”

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