For over 30 years, GEALAN has demonstrated that it manufactures, trades and operates its business with a responsible eye towards nature and the environment. The introduction of an initial environmental management system in 1996 anchored sustainable and resource-saving action in our corporate philosophy, and since then this has been continuously expanded.
As a co-partner of REWINDO, GEALAN has committed itself to using recycled used window materials – obtained through the window industry’s recycling loop, which has been fully closed for over 25 years – in the inner core of its profiles. In this way, PVC from old windows is reused in an environmentally sensible way in new, highly insulating window profiles.
By switching to green electricity, GEALAN in Oberkotzau saves a good 1,900 tonnes of CO2 annually. At our Tanna production facility, a whopping 16,000 tonnes of CO2 is saved annually. The company’s ecological footprint is thus further improved, as neither CO2 emissions nor radioactive waste are produced in the generation of green electricity.
Since 1996, GEALAN has repeatedly and successfully put its corporate sustainability to the demanding test of the European Environmental Management System EMAS – both at our headquarters in Oberkotzau and in our Tanna production facility. GEALAN was thus one of the first companies in the plastics industry to demonstrate social responsibility in this way.
The VinylPlus® initiative was founded in 2000 for the European PVC industry. GEALAN has been a certified partner of VinylPlus® since 2019. In the meantime, more than 200 companies from the PVC industry, non-governmental organisations and over 170 recycling companies are participating across Europe to ensure a common value chain for PVC.
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