With the aim of becoming the first leading manufacturer of the sanitary industry to achieve carbon-neutral production by 2020, GROHE has once again stepped up its pledge with “GROHE goes ZERO” initiative, where all five production plants worldwide as well as the logistics centers in Germany were converted to run on green electricity in July of this year.
By April 2020, the sanitary manufacturer will offset unavoidable CO2 emissions through two compensation projects, namely, the clean energy through hydropower in Pradesh, India and repairing damaged boreholes in Malawi.
The project is located on the Satluj River between Karcham and Wangtoo in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. As a hydropower plant, the project uses the river’s natural flow to generate energy. Importantly, there is no reservoir in which the water is temporarily stored, and so the potential negative environmental impacts of water storage are avoided.
In the project’s districts of Dowa and Kasungu in Malawi, half of the population lives without access to clean drinking water. Part of the problem is that around one third of the existing boreholes can’t be used due to wear and tearMost boreholes are operated by a hand pump. Generally, the pumped water is clean and can be consumed without any additional treatment. In addition, the project also makes it possible to set up financing mechanisms to ensure the boreholes are maintained in the long-term, securing the water supply.
At its five international plants, GROHE applies the latest technologies that increase sustainability. Since 2015, GROHE has invested in block heat and power plants at the German plants in Hemer and Lahr, resulting in savings of 4,750 tons of CO2 per year.The GROHE plant in Klaeng, Thailand, is the most sustainable plant in Southeast Asia thanks to its DGNB silver certificate: Solar panels are installed on the building’s entire roof, reducing carbon emissions by almost 2,000 tons per year.
In 2018, GROHE built a state-of-the-art test laboratory in Hemer, Germany. The laboratory area has been expanded by 590m² to 1,510m² in order to create the required infrastructure for more efficient development processes and new test methods. And in 2019, the material-saving 3D metal-printing process was launched.