The plastics processor and foam manufacturer Greiner, which is based in Kremsmünster, Austria, is about to publish the first Sustainability Report in its company history. This will not only provide a detailed account of the group’s commitment to sustainability, but also define measureable targets. The report highlights the sustainability measures initiated by the group worldwide and tackles current ecological and social issues.
A focus on circular economy
During 2018, the various impacts of plastics were dealt with extensively on a European level and initial regulations for the industry followed. Greiner welcomes the new EU plastics strategy and in fact has been working on sustainable solutions for a number of years. Indeed in 2016, which was well before the topic of plastic waste came to dominate the day-to-day media agenda, socially and environmentally acceptable conduct was already anchored within the group through the introduction of the binding “Plastics for Life” sustainability strategy. During 2017, there followed the installation of sustainability management across the entire concern and now comes its first Sustainability Report.
Targets as a corporate development blueprint
The objectives contained in the Sustainability Report partly extend up to the year 2030. They form a blueprint for the future development of the group and more than meet the demands of the EU’s plastics strategy. The targets from the introduction of an internal carbon pricing system by 2020 and the promise that by 2025 all the plastic packaging manufactured will be suitable for recycling, reuse or composting, to an assurance that all problematic and superfluous plastic packaging will be eliminated and an obligation that by 2025 a considerable percentage of the material employed will emanate from recycling.
It is also worthy of note that the Greiner Sustainability Report foresees the occupation by women of 35% of managerial posts by 2025, as well as a 53% cut in specific CO2 emissions and an increase in the share of renewable energy in electricity purchases to 90% by 2030.
Further information at: https://sustainability.greiner.com / #makingithappen