Cologne, 23 June 2021. Through the recovery and recycling of used sales packaging, "Der Grüne Punkt" (the Green Dot) ensured the saving of over 620,000 tons of climate-damaging greenhouse gases in 2020. That's as much as 62,000 hectares of forest can filter out of the atmosphere each year.
“Climate protection cannot succeed without a functioning circular economy,” Michael Wiener, CEO of Green Dot, is convinced. “Industry and materials management contribute 45 percent of CO2 emissions – so recycling is essential to move toward a CO2-neutral economy.”
Green Dot's annual environmental balance sheet.
In accordance with DIN-EN-ISO standards, the Green Dot annually prepares an environmental performance balance, confirmed by an expert, for the ecological evaluation of recycling and recovery. For the environmental performance balance, the Green Dot determines the consumption of energy and resources and the amount of emissions generated by the individual recycling processes.
All individual quantities balanced are ecologically evaluated and combined into impact categories. Energy and resource consumption and emissions from recycling are compared with the corresponding impact categories for primary production. The Life Cycle Assessment compares the impacts of the two systems – naturally taking into account that both primary production and recycling generate the same product benefits.
To calculate the example: each hectare of forest filters an average of ten metric tons of CO2 equivalents (CO2eq.) from the atmosphere. In 2020, Green Dot avoided around 620,000 tons of CO2eq. by recovering and recycling a good 990,000 tons of used sales packaging – equivalent to the amount filtered by around 62,000 hectares of forest (source: www.wissen.de/wie-viel-co2-filtern-baeume-aus-der-luft).
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About the Der Grüne Punkt Group:
The companies of Der Grüne Punkt are service providers for extended producer responsibility, leading suppliers of secondary raw materials for plastics, and premium producers of plastic recyclates, and as such positioned as the premier solution providers for the needs of the circular economy. Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD), with the Green Dot as its trademark, was among the companies to introduce and establish the dual system in Germany, and stands for intelligent take-back systems, plus the development and marketing of innovative recyclates and services. Systec Plastics, at its facilities in Eisfeld and Hörstel, produces premium-quality recyclates under the Systalen brand name for the international market. The companies are grouped together in DSD – Duales System Holding GmbH & Co. KG.