In VBG Group, we work actively to reduce our environmental impact at all stages of our operations. Products and processes must be designed so that energy and raw materials are used as efficiently as possible, and in a way that minimises the occurrence of waste and waste products during the useful life of our products.
The VBG Group applies the precautionary principle, which means that we avoid materials and methods that could constitute a risk to health or the environment.
Environmental responsibility goals - energy consumption and waste generation
VBG Group’s energy consumption and waste generation is to be reduced by 10% up through 2022.
In 2018, the Group’s energy consumption decreased 2.5% compared with the preceding year, which is in line with our objective. Total waste generation increased 50%, however, though fortunately this increase consisted solely of recyclable waste products. The explanation for the increase lies in the fact that the divisions’ internal processes were under a great deal of pressure during the year, and that the investments that should have been made to reduce waste products were postponed until the end of 2018. We therefore expect a reduction in recyclable waste products in 2019. One positive development is that the generation of environmentally hazardous waste products was not affected by the high level of pressure in the divisions but remained unchanged compared with 2017.
1) per production hour
Environmental responsibility goals - environmental certification
All of VBG Group’s production facilities are to be environmentally certified by 2022 at the latest.
At the end of 2018, seven out of ten of the Group’s facilities were still certified. Our Edscha Trailer Systems division has announced that its production facility in the Czech Republic will begin certification in 2019.
2) under ISO 14001 or the equivalent