The consumption of electricity, combustibles and fuels are the greatest contributing factors to the environmental impact of Geberit production, responsible for approximately 77,500 metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2010. This corresponds to a CO2 footprint of about 7,000 European citizens.
The Company's first milestone in its CO2 strategy was achieved between 2006 and 2009: Relative CO2 emissions were reduced by 5% per year on average. The goal is to accomplish a further reduction of 15% by 2012. In 2010 Geberit fell short of its intended average target value for the first time due to higher production capacity utilization and the expansion of its infrastructure. However, the Company continues to be committed to these long-term goals for CO2 reduction. This will be achieved through the systematic implementation of measures in three areas: energy saving, increased energy efficiency and the targeted expansion of the share of renewable energy sources.
To that end, the Pfullendorf (DE) site has been consuming 6 GWh of “naturemade star” and “naturemade basic” green electricity annually since 2008. At this location green electricity replaces some 20% of conventional electricity consumption and reduces CO2 emissions by more than 3,000 metric tons per year. The Daishan site in China has also been provided with around 2 GWh of wind power annually since 2009, saving approximately an additional 2,500 metric tons of CO2.