… from minor alteration to individual workplaces to large-scale multimillion investment projects …
Environmental consciousness also represents an increasingly significant aspect of the pulp and paper market. One of the reasons for this development is provided by the demand of a growing number of customers for products bearing certification, which states that they are manufactured from wood emanating from sustainably managed forests and therefore meet climate protection stipulations.
The fact that the Heinzel Group’s production centres and two trading houses have PEFC and FSC accreditation represents just one example of its active commitment to environmental protection. Thus, all Heinzel Group business partners can be certain that wood flow standards are complied with during the entire production process and that all the required social, ecological and economic principles are adhered to from the forest to the final product.
These stringent certifications not only furnish the Heinzel Group with decisive arguments in relation to consumers and industrial customers, but are also important from a general perspective with regard to a related heightening of ecological awareness and the standardization of environmental protection measures.
Moreover, sustainability for the Heinzel Group goes far beyond simple compliance with external directives. For example, during the past financial year the company continued to work on optimizing the material and bioenergetic use of wood, its most important raw material. Challenges arise not only as a consequence of the uncertain development of global pulp prices, but also with regard to political and economic conditions, which can differ greatly from one region to another.
The success of sustainable economic development is especially evident in the case of wood, which lies in an area of tension between its role as a global commodity and local production factors. Therefore, specific responses to local conditions always take precedence over standardized solutions. Relevant measures range from minor alterations to individual employee workplaces, to large-scale, multimillion investment projects.
Comprehensive and sustainable thinking has long been an established part of all Heinzel Group business areas and processes and is considered to be a key factor in its success. This approach not only includes the conservation of natural resources, but also the extension of sustainable conduct to include a fair and open approach to employees, customers, suppliers and all other international group stakeholders.
We respect the environment and aim to reduce our business impact to environment to a minimum.
In addition to striving for the highest efficiency, we put our main emphasis in all activities on protecting the environment and minimizing the impact of our business operations on the environment. We have a fully implemented quality control system in our mills, certified in accordance with the norm of ISO 9001 and our environmental management standard is certified in accordance with ISO 14001.
Our paper merchant as well as our worldwide trading company is FSC® and PEFC® certified. We are convinced that these management systems are beneficial to all our activities, thanks in part to their adoption by all the employees of our companies. Our employees are aware that they share the responsibility for the impact of their work on the environment and they know how to effectively limit it.
An elaborated system of education and training for the employees of our companies in all categories of work - from operators through middle management up to the top management – is contributing to these positive results.
We attempt to instil these values not only within our companies but also in the suppliers of raw materials and services that our companies use. We encourage our customers to take advantage of our products that were manufactured as environmentally-friendly as possible. And we are building positive relationships with the general public, with state, community and regional institutions and with other companies.
We are keen to demonstrate our social responsibility to the environment with openness, direct communication and a willingness to provide adequate information about our factories, strategy and goals - and also with a ready admission of minor problems. Only a direct and honest dialogue and cooperation between all interested parties can bring about successful long-term cohabitation in a world as brimming with technology as ours is today.
Alfred H. Heinzel, President
Environmental, Quality and Safety Policy is an integrated part of our Group Strategy. Environmental responsibility is one of the key factors of all group activities. We aim to reduce our business impact on the environment to a minimum. We adhere to a principle of continuous improvement in all our activities.
In our mills we continuously make an effort to search for ways of gradually minimizing production influences on the environment. It is one of our main priorities to adhere to the rules for air and water protection set by respective legal regulations.
We reduce the emission of air and water pollutants by investments in innovative technology and we continuously reduce the output of production waste. We have met preventive measures for minimizing effects on people and environment in the case of accidents or breakdowns. We are convinced that in the case of serious disturbances the protection of human beings and the environment is more important than the necessities of production.
Raw Materials and Energy
We continuously decrease our consumption of raw materials, water and energy by optimising production processes. We are committed to sustainable forest management and therefore give preference to certified pulpwood as the basic raw material for our production. Given the availability of certified wood to our operations we support the Pan-European Forest Certification scheme. At the same time we are open for wood certified under other credible, feasible and efficient certification schemes. For that, a system for tracing and certifying the chain of custody has been implemented.
We strive to maximize the use of wood chips, a by-product of sawmill production, through means of partnerships and co-operation with the sawmill industry. Our aim is to increase eco-efficiency by actively contributing to efficient wood utilisation.
We consider economical as well as environmental aspects during selection of raw materials and sources for our production. The goal of our development processes and our constant improvements to manufacturing is minimizing the impact of our activities on the environment. In our pulp mills we use modern bleaching facilities that utilize TCF (Totally Chlorine Free) and ECF (Elementary Chlorine Free) technologies. We always try to coordinate high effectiveness of our companies with the demands on environmental protection by searching for optimal solutions in transportation and distribution of our products.
We constantly improve management systems in all our companies aiming to fulfil the vision and strategy of Heinzel Group. The environmental goals have become an inseparable and very significant part of our business goals. Our mills are certified in accordance with ISO 14001. While we coordinate fulfilment of the environmental requirements in a framework for the whole group, the responsibility itself is decentralised and rests fully with the management of our companies.
Our employees are aware of the environmental goals and requirements of Heinzel Group. We aim to strengthen our employees' individual responsibility for their own actions and behaviour, and thus also for environmental protection, by an emphasis on identification with our core values and their use in everyday activities. We motivate our employees to search for new ways to minimize our mills' impact on the environment and we reward these activities appropriately. Regular environmental training for employees at all management levels is an inseparable part of our personnel development programme.
Business Partners, Public
We will intensify cooperation with our customers and suppliers following our Environmental Policy. A mutual and open exchange of experience and expertise and an application of modern management techniques and use of best practice will allow us to further decrease the impact of human activity on the environment. We prefer a method of direct and fair communication in relations with the public. Our goals, our achievements, and also our problems will always be made public not only to the media, but also to representatives of local authorities, state institutions and organizations. We are ready to discuss environmental issues with residents and we will inform them of any steps we realize and plan in this area.