With the 2017/2018 sustainability report, the second of its kind, the company demonstrates its economic, environmental and social commitment to greater protection of the climate and environment.
Energy-efficient window, door and façade systems make a key contribution to achieving ambitious climate protection targets. This is why Schüco works continuously to make its product portfolio more energy efficient, sustainable and thereby environmentally friendly.
With the 2017/2018 sustainability report, the second of its kind, the company demonstrates its economic, environmental and social commitment to greater protection of the climate and environment. Created based on the requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the report illustrates the central importance of sustainability and transparency for the company's philosophy.
Sustainability for Schüco is not a trend, it’s an attitude. We see ourselves as trailblazers in the industry and in taking responsibility for promoting sustainable thinking in the building sector. For us, this means not just looking at short-term growth targets, but also thinking about future generations – says Andreas Engelhardt, Managing Partner of Schüco International KG.
The company is already responding to the increasing shortage of raw materials, which is affecting the construction industry in particular. With its 360° approach to sustainability, the systems supplier considers the entire lifecycle of a building: from planning, construction and operation through to demolition and recycling.
Certified product portfolio
Schüco is a pioneer in the construction industry when it comes to the development of certified Cradle to Cradle products. Their raw materials can be reused again after being recycled without any loss of quality. The Bielefeld-based company also offers solutions which support building certifications in accordance with BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council) and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Schüco was one of the first companies in the construction industry to be certified by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) for its responsible use of aluminium along the entire value chain. The company is focusing on sustainable use and production in the PVC-U segment too. The sustainability initiative of the European PVC industry awarded the Bielefeld-based company with the VinylPlus label for this commitment. Nevertheless, further action is still required. In future, there need to be solutions which incorporate the entire value chain in order to realise the greatest possible recycling potential.
Responsible use of resources
As a product developer and provider which depends on natural resources, Schüco also has an impact on society and the environment through its business activity. The products not only need to impress in terms of quality and security, they also need to be compatible with society and the environment. The systems supplier therefore makes an active contribution towards creating a sustainable supply chain in order to minimise risks and decrease any negative effects.
With even greater use of recycled materials, the company is striving to continue reducing CO2 emissions in the production of materials. Transparency and the origin of materials are also key issues for the company. Together with WWF Germany, Schüco campaigns for the responsible use of resources in the building sector and works towards establishing science-based climate protection targets.