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Water: using less and more efficiently


Energy-efficient cooling system in Pottenbrunn (AT)
Energy-efficient cooling system in Pottenbrunn (AT)

Sustainability means satisfying the needs of today’s generation in a manner that will ensure a solid basis for the livelihoods of future generations. A growing population’s rising consumption of energy and water is a major challenge for sustainable development.

European market leader in sanitary technology, Geberit, has been leading the sector in sustainability for decades and shows how economic growth is compatible with environmentally-friendly and socially responsible action. The cornerstones of Geberit’s sustainability strategy are saving water, resource efficiency and sustainable construction.

Geberit’s challenge is to offer the highest standards of environmental friendliness, resource saving and durability in its products. Its water-saving products achieve impressive results. By 2009, the entire dual-flush and stop-and-go “fleet of cisterns” produced since 1998 had saved over 8,800 million cubic metres of water compared to traditional flushing systems. That is two-and-a-half times the annual consumption of all households in Germany.

An energy master plan

Absolute and relative CO2 emissions 2007-2009

As part of its CO2 strategy, Geberit has reached its first milestone. In the last three years, the relative CO2 emissions per value added was reduced by 15%. This meets the reduction target. Between 2010 and 2012, a further reduction by 15% is set to be achieved, resulting in an average reduction of 5% per year compared to early 2007. The company is following a three-level action plan which covers saving energy, increasing energy efficiency and expanding renewable energies.

Energy, and in particular electricity, is required to produce plastic products – for example in the injection moulding, blowing and extrusion processes to create shapes suitable for sanitary and piping systems. Beginning in 2006, systematic energy management was gradually introduced in eight plants with the energy master plan. Important measures include increasing the efficiency of production installations, the optimisation of cooling plants, improved use of waste heat as well as the careful use of compressed air.

Geberit has set the goal of increasing its use of renewable energies by 5% per year and of achieving a proportion of one third of overall consumption by 2015. Since 2008, the biggest production site, Pfullendorf in Germany, has been drawing 6GWh of certified green electricity – this has replaced some 20% of conventional electricity consumption at this site, achieving an annual CO2 reduction of more than 3,000 metric tonnes. By 2012, another 6GWh of renewable electricity are to be added. Part of this was already achieved in 2009: the Daishan site in China has been supplied with approximately 2GWh of wind power since 2009.

More than saving energy

Thanks to forward-looking development, Geberit is already able to offer a range of products that integrate sustainable sanitary solutions in construction. Geberit sanitary systems meet the need for great flexibility in construction. Two examples are the Duofix and GIS installation systems. Both can be used as lightweight construction systems in new buildings or renovations and easily modified for conversions. The benefits of Geberit products in operation include their low-water consumption. Furthermore good recyclability is part of a responsible product design. This means that the consumption of so-called “gray energy”, the energy used for production, is kept to a minimum.

Geberit contributes to improving people’s quality of life with commitments in the wider social areas. Priority is given to social projects relating to water and to Geberit’s core competence and culture. Since 2008, Geberit launched or completed social aid projects with new sanitation facilities for schools in Cambodia, Indonesia, Ecuador, the Solomon Islands and India.

In 2009 Geberit achieved sales of 2.2 billion Swiss francs. The Group employs 5,800 people in 40 countries around the world.

The Geberit Group is the European market leader in sanitary technology and is globally oriented. The company has been numbered among the pioneers in the industry since 1874 and has continuously set new trends with its innovative system solutions in the fields of sanitary and piping systems.

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