Geberit as Green Supplier of the Year 2007

Geberit, the leading supplier of sanitary, supply and HDPE drainage systems, was presented ‘The Green Supplier of the Year’ award at the prestigious ‘Construction News Green Awards 2007’, at the Hurlington Club, London, for demonstrating its commitment to affecting positive change to the environment.

Since the 1990’s Geberit began its work towards environmental change, long before other manufacturers, when it developed a pioneering and comprehensive environmental strategy, which established sustainability as a central theme within Geberit. As part of its environmental strategy, Geberit has produced a code of conduct for handling resources which goes far beyond statutory requirements and has enabled the company to save water and energy and reduce wastes and hazardous substances. In addition, Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) are carried out on its products to ensure all developments are environmentally friendly.

Waste and internal recycling are crucial to Geberit and, as the inventor and leading manufacturer of HDPE drainage systems, the company avoids the disposal of plastic wastes by collecting, milling and reusing 100% of the waste parts in the production process. HDPE itself is recommended by Greenpeace as an environmentally friendly alternative to other pipe systems as it consumes less energy during manufacture and transport when compared to cast iron.

As a leader in plumbing technology, Geberit recognises the importance of water and its responsibility to developing efficient systems which ensure as little as possible of this precious resource is wasted.

Geberit also participates in the Climate Change Levy to improve energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. During 2004 - 2006, emissions of greenhouse gases at Geberit fell by 8% and by 2009, the company aims to achieve a culmulative 15% reduction compared with 2006. Over the past two years, Geberit has reduced its absolute environmental impact by 18% each year.

Since 2002, Geberit has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, making it a European Leader in Sustainability, recently echoed in January 2007 when Geberit was awarded a combined Group Quality and Environment Certificate as per ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. To ensure the ethos of Geberit is shared by all employees, Geberit holds Eco-design workshops to emphasise the importance of choosing environmentally friendly materials and ensuring a high efficiency of resources is achieved.

Mike Hürlimann, managing director of Geberit, said: “We are delighted to have received this prestigious award as it recognises our continued investment in reducing the impact on the environment. Sustainability is an ongoing theme for us for many years now and we continuously set ourselves challenging goals to ensure our work in this area continues to produce positive results”. For more information about Geberit or to view our 2004 and 2007 sustainability reports visit www.geberit.co.uk or call us free on 0800 0778365.

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