Sustainability

Helping future generations of the automotive industry.


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Sustainability

Helping future generations of the automotive industry.


Our responsibility

Thinking and acting sustainably are important components of our everyday work. We assume responsibility and firmly believe in walking the walk when it comes to sustainability within our organization. Ecological, economical, social. As a partner for the automotive industry, we do our part to protect the environment and conserve natural resources. 
We are making increased efforts on our journey toward energy-efficient, zero-emission and climate-neutral production. Our partners and suppliers play a big role in this effort, too. Find out more.

More about Sustainability at REHAU Group




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Our sustainability target

REHAU Automotive aims to be globally CO2-neutral in production by 2025. By 2030, each of our products will be emission-free.



 
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How will we become CO2-neutral?

Andreas Pinkernelle, Sustainability Officer at REHAU Automotive:

“Reaching this ambitious target will be no easy feat. For us, it’s important to involve the entire process chain in our sustainability efforts. That means not just looking at emissions in our own production, logistics and administration. What do our suppliers and partners do? How do we incorporate their activities? You can’t overhaul a complete supply chain overnight. It takes time and a lot of work. But we’re on the right path.” 


Our path to sustainability

Measures that work

We responsibly implement measures that reduce risks to the environment and climate, and contribute toward a low-carbon automotive industry. Our German plants have been covering 100% of their energy needs using renewable sources since 2020. More than 60% of the energy needed to produce our vehicle parts worldwide is climate-neutral. Energy-efficient production allows us to increase our competitiveness while sustainably conserving resources.


Energie.Effizienz.Gewinner 2020 winner

Our plant in Schwarzenbach am Wald, Germany, a site that produces air-duct systems for well-known vehicle brands, was awarded the Energie.Effizienz.Gewinner 2020 award for energy efficiency. Energy optimization at the site helps to save around 540,000 kilowatt hours per year. That is enough energy to power approx. 135 single-family homes for one year.


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Energie.Effizienz.Gewinner 2020 winner

Our plant in Schwarzenbach am Wald, Germany, a site that produces air-duct systems for well-known vehicle brands, was awarded the Energie.Effizienz.Gewinner 2020 award for energy efficiency. Energy optimization at the site helps to save around 540,000 kilowatt hours per year. That is enough energy to power approx. 135 single-family homes for one year.



Recycling: The key to a closed-loop economy

It’s all about the circular economy. As the pioneer for sustainability, we are integrating CO2 neutrality and closed material cycles into our process landscape. What does this mean? We are using more and more recyclates in production. High-quality, recycled materials. This allows us to avoid waste and conserve resources. We build on the so-called closed-loop approach wherever possible. For example, we are currently using painted scrap from production to manufacture support components.

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Recycling: The key to a closed-loop economy

It’s all about the circular economy. As the pioneer for sustainability, we are integrating CO2 neutrality and closed material cycles into our process landscape. What does this mean? We are using more and more recyclates in production. High-quality, recycled materials. This allows us to avoid waste and conserve resources. We build on the so-called closed-loop approach wherever possible. For example, we are currently using painted scrap from production to manufacture support components.

Our ratings and certifications

  • ISO 9001:2015 – Quality management
  • ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental management
  • IATF 16949: 2016 – Quality management (automotive industry)
  • ISO/IEC 27001:2013 – Information security management
  • ISO 45001:2018 – Occupational safety management
  • ISO 50001:2018 – Energy management



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B-rating – Management level

The Customer Data Platform rates us as category B with regard to environmental reporting. This rating is above the regional European average of C and above the plastic product manufacturing sector average of D.


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Gold status

With a total score of 71 out of a possible 100 points, the REHAU Group has achieved gold status for the first time and is thus among the top 5% of all participating companies and the top 1% in the plastic processing industry.


Engineering progress

Enhancing lives