Environmental impact

Subject area environmental impact

Minimising environmental impacts.

The effects of our activities and products on the environment are a crucial yardstick for all company decisions. We aim to minimise our negative environmental impact through the effective and efficient use of resources. Since 1996, we have pursued this through voluntary participation in the European Union Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, in short: EMAS EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) is a voluntary environmental management and audit initiative developed by the European Union. closeEMAS. EMAS EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) is a voluntary environmental management and audit initiative developed by the European Union. closeEMAS is considered as the most stringent system of sustainable environmental management in the world.

A fundamental part of the EMAS EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) is a voluntary environmental management and audit initiative developed by the European Union. closeEMAS regulation is the annually updated environmental statement Companies use their environmental statement to present their environmental management system. Within the framework of EMAS EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) is a voluntary environmental management and audit initiative developed by the European Union. closeEMAS, Pöppelmann has been openly communicating its environmental protection activities since 1996. closeenvironmental statement which we use to inform the public, our staff and interested parties about our environmental performance.

Part of the continuous improvement process is the definition of goals and programmes. To do this, we regularly analyse and evaluate environmentally relevant procedures, figures, programmes and audit results and adapt our processes to new findings derived from them.

We have identified our key environmental issues:

Raw materials/products
To minimise the environmental impact, we already consider environmentally relevant factors during product development by including energy usage, raw material consumption and waste disposal in all of our deliberations. We analyse the product life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle and pay close attention to environmentally friendly product design. This includes, for instance, the reduction of wall thicknesses, the choice of materials and recyclability For a product to be recyclable, it must: a) be made of a material that is collected for recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling, has a market value and/or is supported by a programme prescribed by law; b) it is sorted and aggregated into defined streams for recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling processes; c) it is processed and recycled through commercial recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling processes; d) the recycled material is used in the manufacture of new products. closerecyclability. An important indicator for us is raw material efficiency, which illustrates how efficiently we were able to use resources. Raw material efficiency is the ratio of parts produced and plastic used. In 2018, the quota was 98.8 % in plant 1 Pöppelmann plant 1 is located in Bakumer Straße in Lohne (Vechta district) and is the company’s main plant. It is home to the TEKU® Division of the Pöppelmann Group. Specialist for products for commercial horticulture. closeTEKU® and KAPSTO® production facilities and the holding administration. closeplant 1, 86.5 % in plant 2 Pöppelmann plant 2 in Hermann-Staudinger-Straße in Brockdorf, Lohne (Vechta district) houses the company division K-TECH® as well as sales and scheduling for the KAPSTO® division. closeplant 2, 87.0 % in plant 3 Home to the FAMAC® division, Pöppelmann plant 3 is located in Hansalinie Business Park in Lohne (Vechta district), directly on the A1 motorway. closeplant 3 and 95.1 % in plant CP.

Raw material efficiency [%]

Plants201620172018Target 2020
Plant 197.698.798.898.0
Plant 286.986.486.590.0
Plant 381.686.387.090.0
Plant CP97.895.495.198.0

Supplied raw materials in relation to delivered products.

Energie
Energy is our most significant environmental factor. More on this in the subject area Energy.

Waste
Waste quantities are accounted for in an annual balance sheet. Recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closeRecycling and waste disposal is carried out by specialist waste disposal companies. Separate collection and the return of product waste into the production process are, wherever possible, a matter of course for us. In order to also make a contribution to PÖPPELMANN blue® The company-wide PÖPPELMANN blue® initiative bundles activities that aim to achieve a completely closed raw material cycle in the company. closePÖPPELMANN blue®, the separate waste collection of packaging materials for “yellow bin” recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling was introduced within the company.

Water/wastewater
We obtain fresh water from the public water supply for social areas and for cooling purposes. The required cooling water is circulated and reused several times. Fresh water is supplied as required by means of intelligent process control. Through this process, we save considerable amounts of fresh water, thus helping to conserve natural resources. No wastewater with pollutants is accumulated in our production processes. We do not currently use our own wells, despite having a permit for a restricted flow rate. Although the opportunities to influence are limited, we have also set a target for specific water consumption at each location in order to protect valuable drinking water reserves.

Emissions
Our direct CO2 emissions come from the combustion of natural gas through the heating of buildings and the fuel consumption of vehicles. In 2018, we produced 2,188 tonnes of direct CO2 emissions. Indirectly, we cause emissions through our electricity consumption. This was 38,324 tonnes in 2018.

Biodiversity & land use
The proportion of sealed areas at our locations is 49 %, 27 % of which corresponds to building areas. Through the designation of industrial areas, compensation measures and areas are set out by the local authorities. In light of the scarcity of space, we also embrace our responsibility for the moderate use of soil resources. For us, this means that we invest intense efforts in developing innovative and resource-saving construction concepts.

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