Our growing media are high-performance products that satisfy our customers’ all-round quality requirements. We will, into the future, sell substrates that meet aspirations for social and economic acceptability and ecological compatibility even more fully, these needs being well captured by the term ‘sustainability’. This will involve stepping up our investment in research and development.
More detailed information on our sustainability goals and the measures outlined below is given in our latest Sustainability Report.
Our ‘Sustainability guidelines for suppliers’, in force since 2012, augment the selection criteria for our suppliers; they contain requirements for upholding human rights, for employees’ working conditions and for environmental standards, as well as a business ethics code. The standards this document defines, and their adoption, are a prerequisite for all supply agreements with Klasmann-Deilmann.
Responsible extraction of raw materials
- Peat extraction solely on degraded peatland
- Pristine bogs have been designated protection areas (since 1981 as for Lower Saxony) and are left untouched
- Use of peatland complies with the Code Of Practice of the European Peat and Growing Media Association (EPAGMA)
- We support the development of the Responsibly Produced Peat (RPP) eco-label
Measures following peat extraction
When extraction of the raw material has come to an end, the areas in question are prepared in line with requirements. Sites under restoration are made permanently available as biotopes for conservation and climate protection purposes. Since 1960, we have re-wetted, afforested or made available to agriculture a total of 8,680 hectares.
CO2 reduction strategy
We are pursuing various projects to reduce or offset the emissions we cause. These form part of our CO2 reduction strategy.
Measures to avoid the use of fossil fuels or to directly capture CO2
- Management of woodland
- Management of short-rotation forestry (SRF) plantations
- Production of heat energy from corporate-owned SRF plantations
- A fundamental principle is ‘water before rail before road’
- Reduction of product weight to optimise capacity utilisation of transport units
- Increasing the proportion of alternative substrate components to 15% by volume of the annual production total by 2020
- Enhancement of sustainable land management
- Rapid returning of former extraction sites to nature
- Conducting a scientific study on emissions from extraction areas