“Blue Plan demonstrates our courage to change and our desire to help build a sustainable future. You can rest assured that our commitment is stronger than ever”
Axel Kühner, CEO
For more than 150 years, we have been an organization with bold ambitions: to inspire others, create added value for our customers,
and have a positive impact on our environment and our society. Our sustainability strategy, Blue Plan, maps out how we can make this vision a reality.
Building a more sustainable future will undoubtedly involve change. We have certainly not yet found an answer to every question. But first and foremost, we see opportunity in change and transformation – great potential for us as a company, but above all for our society and our environment. And we strongly believe that a sustainable approach to business is the only way forward. With that in mind, our Blue Plan provides the foundation for our continued business success and the ambitions we aim to achieve by 2030.
Blue Plan encompasses all parts of our company around the world. It focuses on three major priority areas, which we have identified as key issues that will shape Greiner’s future: climate change, creating a circular business, and people. Blue Plan also includes three overarching goals that we want to achieve by 2030. While these objectives are ambitious and will require a great deal of effort, we believe that this course of action is the only way forward. You are welcome to hear for yourself what our employees have to say.
“The task we are facing could not be more of a challenge. Our economy and society require ecological modernization. And time is running out. This decade will be crucial. So we have no choice: We must make the years ahead the "roaring twenties" of sustainability and transformation.” Axel Kühner, CEO Greiner AG
“If not us, who?" is the question raised by the whole of the Greiner Sustainability Report 2020. On more than 180 pages, you will find out transparently where we stand on our journey to become a sustainable company. Together we are shaping change for a better future!
In addition to the devastating damage natural disasters leave behind, they often lead to other catastrophes such as the outbreak of disease. Being able to provide emergency relief that works is what counts on the ground. We support these measures where we can.
On the night of 15 March 2019, Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique with wind gusts of up to 160 kilometres per hour. The resulting tidal waves and heavy rains led to one of the worst natural disasters in Mozambique's recent history. It had devastating effects. More than 100,000 homes destroyed, more than 600 dead and 1,600 injured in the region: This is the catastrophe the cyclone left in its wake. The need for clean water, sanitation and medical care was great after the natural disaster. Besides the spread of malaria and diarrhoeal diseases, cholera, which is highly contagious, was a particular cause for concern: The number of reported cases quickly rose to 3,000. It was a race against time for the helpers on site.
Greiner Extrusion is supporting the 2019 disaster relief programme of the Red Cross in Mozambique. The Red Cross is one of the largest operational relief organisations in the country, alongside the United Nations and government agencies, with seven rapid response teams and hundreds of Mozambican Red Cross volunteers. To prevent the worst from happening, vaccination campaigns were underway and the Red Cross started operating numerous stations where cholera patients were given saline solutions for rehydration. Red Cross volunteers worked tirelessly to build sanitation facilities, provide drinking water and fight disease carriers for 20,000 people. Providing people with hygiene products and educating the population about reducing the spread of disease were prioritised as well.
With 6 tuning department centres worldwide and one of the largest development centres in the entire industry, Greiner Extrusion is always looking to create added value for customers, suppliers, employees and the environment.
For our products and services, it is our goal to minimise the amount of input material and waste in production while maximising energy savings.
With automatic solutions such as FLOW.MATIC functional dimensions of profile sections can be ensured on a permanent basis within a matter of seconds. In addition to faster production set-up, this means significant savings in raw materials and a reduced scrap rate.
Energy efficiency plays a key role in all machines. The retrofittable GESS.TRONIC feature of the RED.LINE enables measurable energy savings in profile extrusion. By controlling the vacuum pumps, the biggest energy consumer of an extrusion line, in the calibration table and by using side-channel compressors for emptying tanks, GESS.TRONIC reduces energy consumption by up to 90%. Depending on the size of the system, that is about 100,000 kWh per year.
Co-extrusion is the process in which 2 or more plastic materials are extruded simultaneously by one die. This innovative technology allows virgin material to be used on the outside of the profile, for example, while recycled material can be used for the inside of the profile –with consistent product quality. With the newest LAYER.COEX plus co-extrusion technology, 55-65% of virgin material can be substituted by recycled material. Thus, old plastic is reused – all in the spirit of the circular economy.