A conscientious approach with the renewable raw material wood is solidly anchored in our company philosophy. This is likewise reflected in our daily work: For production of our chipboard, we fundamentally only use wood from monitored, sustainable timber industry sources and forests. This silvicultural operational principle means that only so much timber is cut out of the woodlands as can manage to grow back. The goal is that the quintessential nature of the forests is safeguarded. Particularly focussed upon are the stability and regeneration capability of the affected woodland. Therefore we never use timber acquired by means of illegal lumbering, or from woods in especial need of protection, or timber from genetically modified forests. Learn more about sustainable and monitored timber industry and forestry practices from the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) as well as at www.pefc.de. The "Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes“ (PEFC) promotes forest conservation around the globe.
When buying wood, we pay particular attention to regionality. With the shorter shipping distances we reduce CO2 emissions to a minimum. To accomplish this, we rely on the close working relationships we have established over the years with our long-standing local buyers. Acquisition within a maximum radius of 140 kilometres is not only ecological, but also makes economic sense.
In general, the usage of wood as a natural building material has far less negative environmental impact than production of many other materials. One reason for this is that the environmentally damaging carbon dioxide bound in wood remains chemically bound even during subsequent processing. During the thermal use of wood, just the C02 is released that was incorporated in the tree while it grew – an advantage over fossil energy fuels. In addition to the long logs harvested via forestry, we also use sawmill industry by-products, such as wood chips, wood shavings and sawdust, so that all materials are once again reintroduced into a closed material cycle. Wood residues and recycling wood that can no longer be reutilised for chipboard production are then used as fuel for our production processes.
Our environmental management system has been EMAS certified since 1997 and is tested annually by authorised independent environmental experts. The corresponding environmental inspection reports can be viewed at any time at the structure and approval management centre for South Rhineland-Palatinate (Struktur- und Genehmigungsdirektion Süd Rheinland-Pfalz, abbr. SGD Süd).