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
- Rhine Water – river survey, swimming
- Reintroduction of salmon into the River Kinzig
- Water Symposium in Schiltach
- Masdar City, an eco city in Abu Dhabi
- WaterSense seal of quality in the USA
- Water management projects in India, Haiti and Namibia
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.
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.
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.
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.