The ceramics manufacturer Duravit has embarked on an ambitious and wide-reaching climate mission. This is because, as a company with its roots deep in its local region but which does business globally, Duravit feels itself particularly bound to consider sustainability issues. As part of this, the family business, based in the Black Forest area in Germany and economically active in more than 130 countries, has set itself the challenge of resorting to offsetting its CO2 emissions as little as possible.
Our major objective: to be completely climate-neutral in our global business operations by 2045.
• We put sustainability into practice within our value-added chain, with a clear focus on the following four dimensions: water, resources, climate and social commitment.
• Our actions in all our strategic areas are evaluated and optimized from a sustainability perspective.
• To ensure that Duravit’s ambitious climate goals become a reality around the world, disruptive change in the production of ceramics is required.
Stephan Tahy, Duravit CEO: “In this process we’re scrutinizing every given, and investing so that we can find and implement new approaches for a sustainable future”.
With our participation in the recognized inspection and certification systems, as well as membership of the relevant professional organizations, Duravit plays a leading role in the industry.
Sustainable responsibility at Duravit for more reliability and transparency
Through its participation in recognised testing and certification systems and membership of relevant associations Duravit plays a pioneering role in the industry.
Duravit is a member of the German Sustainable Building Council, DGNB e.V. The DGNB system describes and assesses the sustainability of buildings and houses. The assessment is a comprehensive one looking at the complete life cycle of the building.
Duravit is a member of the Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (Institute for Construction and the Environment), an initiative by manufacturers of construction products to meet the demand for more sustainability in the construction sector. It offers a united public image of Ökolabel-type III Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in compliance with ISO and CEN standards.
Duravit is member of USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), a board that is committed to a sustainable future through efficient and energy-saving buildings. One measure is the LEED program for green construction. LEED certified buildings save resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable energy.
Duravit is a member of Water Sense, a partnership programme by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is aimed primarily at consumers wishing to reduce their water consumption. Products and services with the Water Sense label save at least 20% without compromising on performance or reliability.
Unified Water Label
The Unified Water Label (UWL) is a voluntary system by European bathroom manufacturers supported by Duravit and 75 other major brands. The UWL’s online database and product labels ensure transparency by clearly marking the water consumption of bathroom products.
IBU has awarded Duravit EPDs for its sanitary ceramic and sanitary acrylic product groups. The EPD attests to the environmental compatibility of the product and the company’s responsibility for sustainable construction.
Duravit bathroom furniture production has the PEFC quality seal. PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) is the largest institution for ensuring sustainable forest management through an independent certification system. Wood and wood products with the PEFC seal come from demonstrably ecological, economical and socially-sustainable forest management.
The ISO 14001 defines internationally recognized requirements for an environmental management system that will enable an organization to develop and realize an environmental policy and corresponding objectives.. The legal obligations and information about significant environmental aspects are taken into account.
The energy management standard ISO 50001 describes the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system. With their help, companies are able to improve their energy efficiency continuously through a systematic approach.
ISO 9001 is an international quality management standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system in order to meet generally accepted quality expectations. An essential part of this standard is the establishment of a continual improvement process.
Through its participation in recognised
testing and certification systems and membership of relevant associations
Duravit plays a pioneering role in the industry.