Our sustainability goals

As part of our integrated sustainability management programme, we are pursuing a number of different goals in the three areas of ecology, economy and social affairs.

Here are some of our sustainability goals.

Goal 1

Reduce the total energy consumption for production activities by 23.5% per tonne of finished product by 2025 compared to 2012


Plans for  2023:

  • Implementation of the plans for the expansion of the photovoltaic arrays on the company premises.
  • Start planning the comprehensive expansion of the company's heating network.
  • Planning the replacement of legacy electrically powered compressors with new high-efficiency compressors in conjunction with the installation of a new compressed air combined heat and power plant.
  • Evaluation of the deployment of high-temperature heat pumps to generate heat for the production process.
  • Optimisation of production orders with the aim of reducing energy demand.
  • Increased use of business intelligence (controlling tools).
  • Reduction in total energy consumption.
  • Reduction in our CO2 emissions.

Reduce the total energy consumption

Reduce our CO2 emissions

Goal 2

Reduce our CO2 emissions by more than 70% per tonne of finished product by 2025 compared with 2012.

In 2022, we carried out extensive planning and major authorisation application measures to optimise energy efficiency and reduce the site's CO2 emissions.


In detail, we carried out the following steps: 

Undertaking the approval processes in accordance with the Federal Emission Control Act (BImSchG) for the construction of a biomass heating plant, the expansion of the central warehouse 2 and the compressed air cogeneration plant.

Preparing the construction plans for the biomass heating plant and the compressed-air cogeneration plant

Drawing up the plans for the construction of a new refrigeration centre for the central warehouse 2

Integrating a vapour condensation system in plant 1 into the company's heating network


Completion of the expansion of the central warehouse 2 with approx. 18,000 new deep-freeze storage and 3,000 dry storage spaces.

Construction and commissioning of a new efficient refrigeration plant for central warehouse 2

Construction of the new biomass heating plant for the generation of saturated steam for the production process

Construction of the new compressed air heating plant for the generation of compressed air

Installation of a water treatment plant in the waste disposal centre for the production of process water. The aim is to reuse water as a resource several times over to reduce the company's water consumption.

Goal 3

Reduce the average fuel consumption for the long-distance fleet to 26.5 l/100 km by 2025.


Preparations were made for the conversion of articulated trucks to semi-trailer trucks and the planned renewal of the fleet in 2022. Seven more trucks were ordered, but there were considerable delays in delivery. The fleet is monitored by a modern fleet board system (telematics system), with the following objectives:

Decreased fuel consumption

Lower costs for maintenance and repairs

Reduced risk of accidents

Avoidance of fines

Minimising the work-related injury rate per thousand employees

1,000-man rate

Goal 4

Reduce the work-related injury rate (1,000-man rate) by 20% by 2025 compared to the baseline year 2020.


Activities in 2022:

The in-house project requiring the permanent presence of one occupational health and safety person per department has been rolled out across the company. The LOTO (Lockout/Tagout) project has been launched. The first pilot department has started the project. Risk assessments are now carried out completely digitally.


Outlook 2023:

Implementation of a Work Safety Day for apprentices. Work safety will be added to the shop floor management system. In addition, the LOTO system will be implemented in other departments.

Goal 5

Increase the recyclability of the packaging used by volume to more than 95% by the end of 2025.

We have set ourselves the goal of achieving 95% recyclability of our packaging by 2025. Last year, we were once again able to successfully complete several projects, so that we succeeded in achieving a recyclability ratio of 92%.

We aim to achieve the target of 95% by reducing the amount of material used for non-recyclable packaging and, in parallel, focusing on the recyclability of packaging.  Among other things, extensive tests were carried out on the application of plastic labels.

Increase the recyclability of the packaging used