Climate change and the task of providing clean drinking water are important ecological and social challenges facing society. The consequences of global warming are impacting both humankind and the environment. Some possible effects include a rise in sea levels, changes in precipitation patterns, a greater frequency of extreme weather and the spread of tropical diseases. All three corporate groups of Georg Fischer are committed to making a contribution in the area of climate protection, both in its processes and in the products it manufactures.
Georg Fischer regards its industrial and social commitment as a long-term undertaking. Its aim is to be a preferred partner for all dialogue groups and to stand out for its responsible, sustainability-conscious behaviour and continuity.
Interim Sustainability Report 2014
The next full Sustainability Report will be published in 2016.
Sustainability Report 2013
Climate and energy. The objective in production is to
further improve energy efficiency and thus reduce CO2
emissions. And the most important measure in this area is the
expansion of waste heat recovery. Waste heat captured from
engineering plants can be used either for heating or generating
power, with a reduction in energy consumption as the result. The
large-scale expansion of waste heat recovery in recent years marks a
major contribution to saving energy.
Water. According to the World Business Council for
Sustainable Development, about one billion people have no access to
clean drinking water and 2.5 billion people lack basic sanitary
facilities. Even 60 percent of all European cities with more than
100,000 inhabitants currently use more groundwater than is naturally
renewed. Products from GF contribute to the efficient use of this
resource and provide far-reaching system solutions for water supply,
water treatment and building technology.
Georg Fischer provides periodic reports on its performance in the area of sustainability. A comprehensive sustainability report is published every two years; an abridged version is released in the interim years. The reporting period comprises a calendar year.
Algae – raw material of the future grown in bioreactors made with plastic pipes
GF Piping Systems is closely involved in the research and development of the first bioreactors for algae production available in Europe and the USA. The new piping system designed for this application is made of transparent plastic. The successful collaboration with development partners LGem (NL), TH Wildau (D), Texas University in Austin (USA) and AlgEternal (USA) has led to the release of the first bioreactors for algae cultivation.