Sustainability at RKW?
Taking responsibility, making a joint contribution - that's what the RKW Group is all about. With our products, we help making the lives of consumers easier all over the world. Especially in times like these, hygiene products and safe packaging are more important than ever. At the same time, we are working to give plastics a sustainable perspective. Through ever more economical use of raw materials, through recycling and through environmentally friendly, highly efficient production processes. The RKW Group has set itself clear and ambitious sustainability targets. The focus is on projects with concrete, measurable results.
Example 1: reducing CO2 emissions. The manufacture of plastic products is an energy-intensive process, so there is particularly great potential to be leveraged here. In 2020, we switched our German sites to "green electricity" - an important step that saved us around 80,000 metric tons of CO2 within 12 months. In terms of our consumption, that's around 80 percent in Germany.
All RKW sites in Germany are supplied with "green electricity". The picture shows the plant in Nordhorn.
Example 2: the "Zero Pellet Loss" initiative. The aim is to prevent environmental pollution caused by released plastic pellets. Although the small pellets are not toxic, they can lead to the contamination of waterways and thus harm wildlife - and ultimately humans. For this reason, the RKW Group has installed elaborate screening and filtering devices at all its sites to prevent the granules from escaping into the environment. The concept also includes regular training of colleagues in production as well as inspection and external certification. This year, too, all RKW sites in nine countries have received awards as part of the "Zero Pellet Loss" industry initiative.
Environmental protection starts in production. RKW makes a measurable contribution to reducing the pollution of waters by plastic granulate.
Two examples of many that underscore the RKW Group's commitment to sustainability. Further measures are already planned for the future - particularly with regard to the topics of recycling and circular economy.