For us, circular design is design that offers opportunities for
product reuse. In the design phase, we focus on: material selection;
resource efficiency; preventive measures that extend
service lives; and, activities that increase separability.
Reduce CO2e emissions
We all have a responsibility to reduce emissions and global
warming. In 2018, to understand our CO2e emissions, we
started comprehensive monitoring of the greenhouse
gas output of all our business units. After measurement
and analysis, our CO2e emission results
were communicated internally. In doing this, we not only
increased awareness throughout the group, but also identified
and implemented measures.
We hope that every kitchen, bathroom and storage
solution in our customers’ homes is used and taken care
of for many years. This saves resources. Consequently,
high quality is one of our most important contributions to
reducing the strain on the environment.
Our production and all parts of our value chain have
a negative environmental impact that we want to minimise.
The life cycle analyses we carried out have given us
knowledge about the climate and environmental strain
associated with: raw material extraction; energy consumption
in processing; transport; our own production facilities;
the product-use phase; and, final handling. This enabled
us to identify a number of areas where we see clear improvement
opportunities. Several relevant activities have
already been started.
All our business units have several ongoing activities to
further reduce climate impact. Measures initiating the work
to reduce our climate footprint include: clearer requirements
for green transport with lower emissions; switching
to renewable electricity and energy; energy-efficient lighting;
and, internal courses to increase employee awareness
For us, sustainable forestry means managing and exploiting
forests and forest land in ways that, now and in the future,
preserve (without damaging other ecosystems) their: biological
diversity; productivity; rejuvenation capacity; vitality; and,
ability to satisfy important ecological, economic and financial
functions at local, national and global levels.
Our kitchens and bathrooms are largely constructed
from wood (e.g. carcasses, doors, drawers, worktops, etc.).
As trees grow, they bind carbon dioxide, which is retained
until the wood is burnt or decomposes. This contributes to
wood being a sustainable raw material. Nonetheless, forest
felling is one of our time’s global challenges. Part of our
strategy here is that wood products are to be derived from
forestry that, both environmentally and societally, is sustainable.
To feel confident about the sustainable cultivation and
clearing of forests, we now focus on buying nothing other than
certified wood. Our chosen certifications are FSC and PEFC.