REHAU has published its sustainability report for 2022. The report describes the sustainability activities of the two subgroups REHAU Industries and REHAU Automotive as well as their progress and goals. The company is already aligned with the new requirements of the European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS) and the EU Taxonomy, which will only become mandatory for REHAU from 2025. REHAU made further progress toward its sustainability targets in the reporting year and has set new targets where these have already been exceeded.
In its latest sustainability report, REHAU reviews the activities of its subgroups REHAU Automotive and REHAU Industries for the year 2022. For the eighth time, the company provides a detailed overview of its values, goals and sustainability management.
This report shows that sustainability is firmly rooted in our corporate DNA and that we have already achieved a great deal. However, this is just the beginning. We will continue to work hard to drive positive change in our industry and our society and are consistently pursuing our ambitious path – emphasizes Dr. Uwe H. Böhlke, CEO of REHAU Industries SE & Co. KG.
Positive results and ambitious goals
This sustainability report confirms that the company is on the right track. The measures taken in both subgroups have made a significant contribution to the continuous reduction of Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. Since 2020, these have been reduced by almost 64 percent. By 2025 at the latest, the two subgroups have set themselves the goal of achieving zero Scope 2 emissions (i.e., zero tons of CO2) regardless of the company's growth.
We are very proud of the fact that almost 100 percent of the electricity consumed at REHAU Automotive now comes from renewable energy sources – explains Dr. Markus Distelhoff, CEO of REHAU Automotive SE & Co. KG. – This has enabled us to reduce Scope 2 emissions by 77 percent compared to the base year 2018.
REHAU Industries is also on a very good path: 73 percent of the electricity consumed by its plants is covered by renewable energy sources and emissions have been reduced by 68 percent compared to the base year 2018.
The target that REHAU Industries had set itself for 2025 was also exceeded with regard to the use of recyclate in all products. In the reporting year, the previous target of 15 percent recycled content in the EMEA region was therefore increased to 20 percent worldwide by 2025. In addition, REHAU Industries has set itself the goal of producing all products in a CO2-neutral manner by 2035.
Transparent and forward-looking
In terms of content, the sustainability report follows the GRI standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the new European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS). In this way, REHAU aims to inform stakeholders transparently about key areas of action, measures, targets and key figures and at the same time prepare for the changeover to the future requirements of the CSRD Directive. In addition, REHAU remains committed to the ten principles of the UN Global Compact. The Sustainability Strategy 2030 with the respective fields of action of the two subgroups is also derived from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
Green Deal has a major impact
With the Green Deal, the European Union has set itself the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. This will have a far-reaching impact on the economic activities of individual companies, whose sustainability will be assessed in the future on the basis of the EU taxonomy. The taxonomy defines specific thresholds and requirements for various environmental goals such as climate protection, the circular economy and pollution. To be classified as ecologically sustainable, REHAU must ensure that its activities, products and services meet these criteria in the long term. Although the EU taxonomy will not become mandatory for REHAU until the 2025 financial year, in order to lay the foundations for these requirements now, preliminary work to classify the product range was carried out in the reporting year and a separate chapter on this was integrated into the sustainability report.
» You can find the Sustainability Report 2022 HERE