In dialog on energy
efficiency and cli-
When it comes to energy efficiency and renewable energies, “hot air” is all too often the only end result. In contrast, Geberit achieves tangible results by means of strict targets and the step-by-step successes set out in the sustainability strategy – plus groundbreaking pioneering projects. 2012 was another positive year in this regard.
greater energy efficiency.
A block heating station operated
by biogas was therefore a logical
step for us in our efforts in climate
protection and CO2 reduction.”
eration is the fact that we produce
biogas while also satisfying the
most stringent sustainability crite-
of vital importance to us. Without a
reliable partner who supported us
from the outset and provided as-
surances for use of the biogas, we
would never have dared to con-
struct this plant.”
After discussions with farmers and environmental experts, Geberit built a block heating station at its largest production site in Pfullendorf (DE). This block heating station is entirely supplied by a biogas plant under the ownership of four nearby family-run farms.
The Pfullendorf plant requires process heat all year round, thus offering ideal conditions for operating a block heating station. As a result, Geberit carefully examined the farmers’ proposal for a biogas plant, recognized the huge potential and set itself the goal of exceeding the minimum ecological requirements – not least in light of the fact that electricity generated from biogas is often the subject of heated debate. The result is a ten-point program that sets out all aspects required to ensure that biogas is produced in an environmentally and nature-compatible manner.
This pioneering project proves that Geberit knows how to reconcile ecological and economic concerns. It also represents a further step towards the optimization of energy management at all Geberit production plants and an active contribution to climate protection.
three completely different partners – namely
farmers, environmental experts and
industry – got together to work jointly on
finding the ideal solution. There is some-
thing symbolic about this partnership – after
all, sustainability is always about reconciling
various positions with one another.”
Roland Högger, Head of Environment and Sustainability
Excerpt from the ten-point program
- • At least 50% liquid manure or agricultural waste
- • No monocultures, meaning the proportion of corn is limited to 35%
- • No genetically modified organisms
- • 10% ecological compensation areas