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With this aim, the turnkey supplier is pursuing the Salzgitter 2030 strategy adopted by the group parent. For the first time interested stakeholders receive an extended summary of the company's sustainability efforts. The document is based on the international reporting standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Its key figures on the group’s economic, social, and ecological developments have been considerably expanded, thus enabling direct comparisons to be made.
“In our latest sustainability report we link our previous commitment – particularly with regard to saving on resources and avoiding emissions – to the Group-wide target of greenhouse gas neutrality by 2045,” said Nicole Pohl, senior CSR manager at KHS. This encompasses a multitude of activities which in the current issue are clearly divided into the categories of strategy and governance, product responsibility, operational ecology and social activities.”
KHS already offers circular concepts for its packaging systems in particular – including for its [r]PET container systems. Regarding secondary packaging, for years now KHS’ Nature MultiPack has been one of the most sustainable alternatives on the market when it comes to saving on materials and CO2. KHS also provides a comprehensive life cycle assessment based on independently validated calculator tools. This allows customers to specifically account for the ecobalance of a type of packaging when deciding to invest.
The report highlights the successes already achieved by the company’s new and further development of resource-conserving, energy-efficient lines and machines. One key aspect is the durability and high quality of its plant engineering. “This forms the foundation for our customers, on which they can safely and reliably process their products in an environmentally-friendly fashion,” Pohl claims. So that beverage bottlers can produce economically and sustainably, KHS offers an increasing number of standardizations and expansion and modernization options for its machinery. These also include a reliable and active system of discontinuation management. “With this, we’re already considerably helping our clients to cut down on the use of resources and be more energy efficient,” states Pohl. “In the future we aim to focus more heavily on the full product value creation process in order to address the central question of how our lines can have a positive effect on the carbon footprint throughout their entire life cycle.”