Renewables and materials cycle in Ensinger’s climate strategy

Posted 30 September 2021
Ensinger impegno clima ambiente rinnovabili Oliver Frey

Renewables and recycling of materials are key elements of Ensinger’s climate strategy, aimed to reduce and gradually eliminate the company’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions coming from the operations of the high performance plastics processor.

As its first step, the climate strategy now adopted by Ensinger envisages gaining a comprehensive overall picture of the company’s worldwide GHG emissions. On the basis of this, during the course of the current business year the company will decide on its reduction goals. Balancing and target setting shall take place in accordance with international standards and in line with the requirements of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The intention is to submit the reduction goals to the Science-Based Target Initiative, an independent organisation for the targeted management of activities, and to have these approved.

Ensinger renewables climate strategyThe GHG reduction measures derived from the targets chiefly address energy management and material resources. For example, the proportion of purchased and self-generated electricity that comes from renewable energies is to be increased step-by-step. In addition, more and more materials will be integrated into a material cycle. Ensinger has already carried out some important spadework here, since a robust energy and environmental management system has long since been established. Working together with the company ClimatePartner, a CO2 balance sheet covering two years has been prepared. The percentage of electricity obtained from renewable sources has been continuously increased, and at the Cham plant, a switch to green electricity is being made this business year, which will meet the entire power requirement. Similarly, the proportion of recycled material used and prepared in house has recently been significantly increased.

“We are confident that in a few years it will be possible for us to eliminate, worldwide, the company’s directly influenceable emissions – affirms Oliver Frey, member of the Management Board and responsible for developing the climate strategy at Ensinger -. Our aim is to manage the company in a climate-neutral way, if possible without needing to use external offset schemes”.

Finally, the commitment of the company in fighting the climate change also involves its products portfolio. Ensinger has been indeed a pioneer in climate protection, deploying efficient insulating solutions for windows, doors and façades, to conserve energy in buildings and thereby lower CO2 emissions. A contribution is made here by the plastic insulbar insulating profiles, which are used as thermal breaks between the inner and outer shells of aluminium frames.The first series-produced thermal insulating bars for metal windows in Ensinger dates back to 1977. In 2013, the company was then the first manufacturer to launch insulbar RE, an insulating profile made from recycled material that combines energy efficiency and sustainability. In the meantime, the portfolio has been expanded to include insulbar RE-LI, a profile made of foamed, unmixed recycled PA 66.

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