An ecological and economic challenge – climate change
Whirlwinds, unnaturally warm winters and the constant sequence of “summers of the century” serve as only a few of the indicators for one of the greatest ecological challenges of our time: global climate change. One of its most important causes is the increased concentration of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. Mankind can only stem global warming if it brings about a targeted reduction of the CO2 emission it has caused. A further challenge is the increase in prices for raw materials and energy. The rise in demand runs parallel with a limited supply in nature. Measures taken to protect non-renewable resources and to work with them responsibly are thus sensible not only from the environmental viewpoint, but also for economic reasons. This is the challenge companies face.
CeDo takes on responsibility
We at CeDo commit ourselves to environmental protection in a whole range of ways – starting with the procurement of raw materials, via transport, company environmental protection measures and production, right through to the application of our products. Because for us environmental protection certainly does not end at our factory gates. Some of our recycling products carry the established environmental seal of the Blue Angel, marking out products contributing to the reduction of energy, water and resource consumption.
It is our goal to monitor the environmental impact of our products and production processes constantly and to reduce it, in so far as this is possible and purposeful. This is achieved by implementing product-specific proposals to reduce the CO2 emissions of the individual products, to improve production procedures in our production sites and to optimise the supply chain. To verify the assumptions forming the basis of the action plan, we have for example commissioned a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) for plastic bags and sacks, in accordance with DIN ISO 14040 and 14044, at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU) in Heidelberg, Germany. The purpose of this Life Cycle Analysis is to analyse the CO2 emissions and further environmental aspects (acidification of the atmosphere, water pollution, etc.) in the production and supply of the raw materials, in the processing of the raw materials into products, in the distribution and use of the products, as well as in the disposal of the products after their use or consumption.