Continually reducing environmental impact and upgrading our own ecological responsibility are declared sustainability goals of Duales System Holding. For this purpose, every year the Sustainability Department calculates the specific environmental performance attributable to the group's operations. Their calculations are verified by the appraisers at ifeu – Institute for Energy and Environmental Research in Heidelberg.
Thanks to the DSD Group's recovery operations, in 2014 68 billion megajoules of primary energy were saved. This amount of energy is enough to supply more than twelve million TV sets with electricity for an entire year.
The 1.4 million tons of CO2-equivalents whose emission was avoided in 2014 due to DSD's services correspond to the quantity of greenhouse gases, caused by 395,000 compact-class cars in one year.
The DSD Group's recovery operations meant that in 2014 the environmental impact on bodies of water was reduced by 1.0 million kilograms of phosphate equivalents and on the atmosphere by a good 5.5 million kilograms of sulfur dioxide equivalents.
Thanks to the reuse of resources made possible by DSD, in 2014 almost 508,000 tons of crude oil equivalents were saved, enough to power 317,500 compact-class cars with an average consumption of 6.4 liters for a year.
In its own operating procedures, too, DSD aims to further reduce its environmental impact on the climate and the natural environment. This applies both to DSD's own energy-intensive production facilities for secondary raw materials and to the administration buildings. By 2020, the aim is to have downsized energy consumption at all German production facilities by a double-figure percentage compared to the starting situation in 2011. Between 2013 and 2014, energy consumption at all production facilities had been downsized by 5 percent.
Sustainable management of the planet's resources is also gaining continually in perceived importance for protecting the climate and the natural environment because a large proportion of the raw materials is finite, and the environment is suffering from the steady increases in production output and global population – with concomitantly rising levels of pollution.
Marine litter has become a mammoth task for the entire planet. And we are realizing far too slowly that we need to eliminate the causes instead of removing the effects. It is estimated that 80 percent of the waste in our oceans comes from the land. This inflow has to be systematically halted. One of the most effective means to this end is a properly functioning waste management infrastructure.
Germany has one of the best recycling systems in the world. Almost all Germans separate their waste, and almost all of them do this quite deliberately in order to protect the natural environment and to promote resource-economy. The fees that companies pay for participating in the dual system for the collection and recovery of their packaging are calculated primarily by weight and material. Thus, even at the design stage there is a direct financial incentive to reduce the amount of packaging involved and to economize on material. Since the introduction of Der Grüne Punkt, the weight of a yoghurt tub, for example, has been reduced by a third. A wine bottle nowadays weighs about a quarter less than in 1991.
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