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Environmental protection

In the Black Forest and around the globe

Whether we're talking about solar power or waste management, recycling or heat recovery – the Hansgrohe Group takes its responsibility for nature, human beings and society very seriously indeed. One of the company's central goals is to reduce in-house CO2 emissions by 20% by 2015 (reference year 2010, measured by the weight of the products sold). Hansgrohe is taking on a pioneering ecological role at its production sites and offices in 44 countries, and is also committed to projects outside its plants.

Current environmental projects:

Ecological optimisation in Schiltach and Offenburg

Hansgrohe SE develops environmentally friendly products, packaging and manufacturing technologies. In Schiltach and Offenburg the emphasis is on ecological processes, the careful treatment of resources and the use of renewable energies. Uncompromising environmental management ensures that waste is reduced, less energy is required, and business and production processes are ecologically optimised. The waste recycling quota is more than 90 percent. Punched-out blanks which turn out to be rejects are reused in road construction, for example. Suppliers and partner companies are obliged to follow Hansgrohe’s guiding principles and are selected on the basis of their environmental performance.

Rhine Water – river survey, swimming

As a “champion of the value of water”, Hansgrohe is sponsoring a scientific and sports project initiated by Andreas Fath, Professor of Physical Chemistry and Analytics, specialising in Environmental Technology, at Hochschule Furtwangen University. Hansgrohe SE's former head chemist is setting off on a 28-day Rhine marathon in the summer of 2014: Prof. Fath is swimming the length of the river, from its source through to its mouth. Over this 1,231 km stretch, he will be gaining sporting experience and also collecting water samples. Experts from various research facilities will accompany him. The Rhine Water project aims to raise awareness of the importance of the effective prevention of water pollution.

Reintroduction of salmon into the River Kinzig

Since 2008 Hansgrohe SE has engaged in salmon stock campaigns as part of the “Salmon for the river Kinzig” initiative, implemented by the Society for Migratory Fish of Baden-Württemberg. If the salmon use the river as a habitat on a permanent basis, come back to spawn and thus establish a population that can sustain itself within ten to fifteen years, the campaign will be deemed a success. It has been established that lots of fish have actually returned into the Kinzig system. The successful stocking campaigns are proof of the excellent water quality at the Hansgrohe site. After all, these very demanding fish are excellent indicators of the quality of the eco system.

Become a salmon sponsor! For just five euros you can be part of this. Send us an e-mail and we will let you know the details.

Water Symposium in Schiltach

The Hansgrohe Water Symposium is an annual series of events where, together with international water experts and researchers, Hansgrohe addresses issues relating to water, an element that is very much worth protecting.

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  • Solar tower in Offenburg
  • Production machinery
  • Prof. Andreas Fath
  • Group of students, water experiment
  • Child by the river
  • Cup, river, salmon
  • Speaker Prof. Wolfgang Dickhaut
  • WaterSense logo
  • People, jungle
  • Children playing, Namibia

Masdar City, an eco city in Abu Dhabi

A vision of climate protection is becoming a reality: “Masdar City” is the name of the world's first eco city. In the middle of a desert landscape in Abu Dhabi, a city is being constructed which will provide all the amenities you would expect in a big metropolis, without emitting any carbon dioxide or generating any waste. Hansgrohe supplied water and energy-saving products for this ecological flagship project.

WaterSense seal of quality in the USA

Hansgrohe North America is a partner of the WaterSense programme of the American Environmental Protection Agency EPA. The programme helps to identify water-saving products. Only high-quality products which truly contribute to climate protection are awarded the WaterSense Symbol.

Water management projects in India, Haiti and Namibia

Far too many people currently have no access to clean water. Hansgrohe SE sponsors projects aimed at keeping the consequences of this international water crisis under control. To date the company has sponsored projects in India, Haiti and Namibia, among others. These provide sustainable water management and promote water education, creating a basis for existence for the people affected.

Prestigious awards for protecting the environment

Hansgrohe SE has received numerous awards for its products, its exemplary environmental commitment and for ground-breaking eco-technologies (drastic reduction of pollutants in waste water from electroplating, for example). These awards include the Environmental Award of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg and the Fraunhofer UMSICHT Science Award.

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