OUR ENVIRONMENT –
LESS IS ALWAYS MORE HERE
We owe it to future generations to actively protect our climate. It is thus the declared objective of the RONAL GROUP to add value by reducing our relative CO2 emission level by 50% by 2030 compared with 2016/17. With this in mind, all divisions of the company are banking on measures to improve energy efficiency – and to cut emissions of climate-relevant carbon dioxide. But attention is additionally focused here on purchasing electricity from renewable sources with a guarantee of origin, or the option of producing our own energy through photovoltaics or wind. Since the 2015/16 financial year, the company has not only recorded the environment balances of the individual plants, but also their CO2 balances with the relevant causative factors, and submitted these figures for external auditing. With annual targets and a systematic environmental management program we are scaling down the consumption of resources while reducing waste at our sites worldwide.
- Demand for energy, gas and electricity
- CO2 emissions (scope 1 and 2)
- Acquisition of water
- Waste – total, hazardous waste, waste for recycling, waste for disposal
Milestones for environmental protection
WE UNDERSTOOD EARLY ON –
AND HAVE CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVED
Measures aimed at environmental protection started as early as 1975 with the introduction of environmentally-friendly powder coatings as a primer for our wheels. This was followed by internal environmental guidelines in 1992 and the construction of environmentally-friendly buildings. Since 2016 we have bundled our sustainability measures in an individual integral sustainability concept, which is known as PLANBLUE. From the outset, the RONAL GROUP has placed great importance upon also keeping environmental issues in view in addition to profitability. See here for an overview of the continuous progress made here:
THE RONAL GROUP –
WHERE GOOD IDEAS BECOME WINNING PROJECTS
What is the point of environmental friendliness in theory if it does not live up to our high demands for practical functionality? None at all. You can find out here how we put sustainability projects into practice:
The RONAL R60-blue wheel
We continuously strive to improve the materials and energy efficiency of our products, and we channel investment into the research and development of sustainable wheels. The best example of this is the R60-blue. It is the first automobile wheel to be designed and manufactured according to sustainable principles and with regard for the entire life cycle – from material provision through design development, production and transport to disposal.
- Introduction of ultrafiltration to lessen the use of resources at the Pardubice plant in the Czech Republic
- Reduction in energy consumption at the plant in Walbrzych, Poland, by recovering waste heat in the melting furnace.
We only have one planet, and every individual – and above all every company – should do their very best to protect the Earth as far as possible. This is why the RONAL GROUP relies on an environmental management system certified according to DIN EN 14001, and energy management based on DIN EN 50001. And we also make stringent demands on our suppliers. We already obtain 25% of our aluminum from members of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI).
Environmentally compatible manufacturing in energy-efficient plants is a focus of attention at the RONAL GROUP. With new heat treatment plants and a pilot project to exploit the thermal discharge from smelting furnaces, we were able to reduce our energy needs in the 2016/17 financial year by 27000 MWh or 6300 tons CO2.