Clean energy from renewable sources for the sites in France and Belgium

Mannheim, May 17, 2021 – The RKW Group is continuously expanding its commitment to climate protection and sustainability. After converting its German sites to green electricity last year, the company will also be using clean energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydroelectric power in France and Belgium from June 2021. The bottom line is an estimated annual saving of probably 100,000 tonnes of CO2 – in relation to the electricity consumption of the 18 plants worldwide, this corresponds to a reduction of more than 60 percent.

RKW Castelletta is one of the group's four sites in France and Belgium. From June 2021, only green electricity will be used for the energy supply here.

"As the RKW Group, we are committed to our responsibility for environmental protection and resource conservation," says Harald Biederbick, CEO of RKW SE. The use of green electricity at a further four production cities is a consistent step on the way to a more sustainable energy supply – and, at the same time, an integral part of the corporate strategy.

Phasing out the use of electricity from fossil energy sources (coal, oil, natural gas) is only one aspect of CO2 reduction – but with regard to the energy-intensive manufacturing process of plastic films, it is a particularly important lever. In relation to the total energy demand for heating, cooling and electricity (Scope 1 and 2), the RKW Group reduces its CO2 emissions by around 40 percent compared to 2019.

"This result is a great success and an important contribution protection the climate – but there is so much more we want to do," Biederbick continues. In the future, more production sites are to be converted to "clean electricity", and the company is also increasingly focusing on efficiency measures. "Every kilowatt hour saved not only helps to protect the environment, but also reduces costs." Concrete examples of this are the use of LED lighting in the production halls or the use of particularly energy-saving, speed-controlled motors – here alone, the company is investing a six-figure sum this year.

About the RKW Group

The RKW Group is an independent, privately owned company headquartered in Mannheim, Germany and one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of excellent film solutions. RKW is the market leader in the areas of hygiene and agricultural films, films for the beverage industry and packaging for powdery goods. In addition, the company makes films and nonwovens for medical applications, for the chemical and converting industries as well as for the construction sector. RKW’s sustainable films enable its customers to improve the daily life of consumers all over the world.

In the fiscal year 2020, RKW generated total sales of EUR 784 million. About 3,000 employees process 350,000 metric tons of plastic materials at 19 locations around the world. True to the corporate slogan "When excellence matters", the company, which was founded in 1957, offers outstanding performance in terms of quality and service. Respect and reliability are the core values of RKW and form the basis of the company’s success.

Press contact

Carsten Lucassen
Director Sustainability & Communications RKW Group
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