100% climate neutral

ADLER coatings - 100% climate neutral

Climate neutral company

Since 2018, ADLER has been one of the first companies in the paint and coatings industry to go 100% climate neutral. This step is part of a comprehensive sustainability strategy that ADLER has consistently pursued for many years. Through numerous measures, ADLER has reduced its carbon footprint to a minimum. ADLER offsets the remaining emissions through recognised climate protection certificates. This enables the financing of new climate protection projects that help to avoid CO2 and other greenhouse gases and thus protect the climate.

Key factor: greenhouse gases

Greenhouse gases act like the glass of a greenhouse. They allow sunlight to pass through, but retain the heat radiation reflected from the earth's surface in the atmosphere. The result is global warming, which in the worst case can develop into a climate catastrophe.

Both natural and man-made effects are decisive for this greenhouse effect. Among the man-made factors, the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is particularly relevant and is responsible for 65% of global warming. This is why CO2 reduction is a particularly important measure against climate change.

CO2 reduction

The most important step on the way to climate neutrality is to reduce or avoid CO2 emissions: By using electricity from sustainable sources such as photovoltaics, wind or hydropower, through energy efficiency and clean mobility measures or through exhaust air purification. Only when a further reduction is no longer technically or economically feasible does it make sense to compensate for the remaining emissions through CO2 offsetting.

The ADLER way

ADLER has had its carbon footprint reviewed by external institutes. At around 3,000 t, the footprint is very low compared to the rest of the industry, thanks to the numerous projects to save CO2:

  • Environmentally friendly electricity: The ADLER plant is supplied with electricity from 100% renewable sources.
  • Energy savings: Numerous measures, such as LED lighting technology, thermal refurbishment, air conditioning to deep wells and much more, have significantly reduced the ADLER plant's energy consumption.
  • Renewable energy: Photovoltaic systems on the factory premises in Schwaz produce around 220,000 kWh of clean electricity per year, which corresponds to the electricity consumption of around 50 average Austrian households.
  • Efficient production: Thanks to an innovative modular production method, the new ADLER water-based paint factory requires around 30% less energy than conventional production methods.
  • Clean air: Since 2016, solvent emissions from paint production have been reduced by more than 12%.
  • Low-emission paints: Low-emission water-based paints already account for 65% of ADLER's total production volume.
  • Clean vehicle fleet: ADLER only uses vehicles that meet the Euro 5 and Euro 6 emissions standards. In 2019, two electric vehicles were added to the vehicle fleet, and bicycles are used for trips on the factory premises.
  • Environmentally friendly delivery routes: A reorganisation in customer delivery can save 12 t of CO2 per year. Where possible, rail is used for freight transport.
  • Waste water and exhaust air purification: Waste water and exhaust air from the production facilities are filtered and cleaned at the ADLER plant's environmental protection and recycling centre.

ADLER offsets residual emissions that are unavoidable despite all these measures by issuing recognised climate protection certificates for a hydropower project in Mali, the Félou Regional Hydropower Project. This UN-certified project supplies electricity for Mali, Mauritania and Senegal. This enables a CO2 reduction of 191,765 t CO2/year. 70% of Mali's energy needs are met by coal and oil, therefore investments in renewable energy are urgently needed. Moreover, Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world – besides the environmental aspect, the hydropower project also provides an economic stimulus.

We need to think globally: climate change doesn't respect national borders

CO2 offsetting takes place through the purchase of certificates for each tonne of CO2. These certificates finance new, additional climate protection projects in developing and emerging countries. Although the starting level is low in developing countries, a much higher effect can be achieved here with the same input. Certification is handled by an independent organisation. Positive side effects include rising environmental standards, economic stimuli and new jobs in developing countries. For the climate, it doesn't matter whether CO2 is reduced in Europe or in other parts of the world – the main thing is that it is reduced. Due to the significantly lower standards in terms of environmental protection, sustainable energy production, etc., as well as due to the significantly lower cost level, much more can be achieved in terms of CO2 savings with the same input in developing countries than, for example, in Europe.

ADLER is thus one of the first companies in the industry to voluntarily offset its emissions under the Kyoto Protocol!

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