When a company wishes to make a difference in the environmental sphere, it’s largely a matter of doing things that other companies don’t do. The environment and the footprints we pass on to future generations are both important issues in relation to our CSR initiatives.
We set new targets every year. We have already achieved fine results, thanks to intensive environmental efforts.
See our environmental certificates here
ege meets strict environmental demands
ISO 14001 is one of the most commonly used environmental management standards in the world. To become certified, an entity shall respond to various requirements associated with the environmental management system.
The requirements include
With ISO 14001, we are therefore obliged to take a careful look at all the areas where our activities impact on the environment.
EMAS is an EU scheme. We are still the only EMAS-certified carpet manufacturer in the world. We have every reason to be proud of this fact.
EMAS goes one step further than ISO 14001. EMAS certification hones the requirements every single year thus ensuring that our environmental initiatives continuously improve. When you trade with ege, EMAS also brings benefits to your company and the world around us.
Environmental profiles for carpets
The BRE certificate documents how much the carpet impacts the environment. Carpets are categorised as building material, and there is much focus on how building materials impact the environment throughout their lifecycle. Therefore it is important that ege can document the environmental impact of our carpets.
The British consultancy firm BRE Certification Ltd. prepares environmental profiles that make it possible to list building materials in a universal measurement system that describes building materials' environmental impact throughout their lifecycle. Environmental profiles from ege enable architects, designers, buyers, etc. to select carpets according to their environmental profiles.
More points to environmentally friendly products
The BRE certificate provides information on the environmental characteristics of an individual product in relation to a series of pre-defined requirements. Points are given to products where the manufacturer has succeeded in using low-impact materials at every stage of their life cycle.
BRE certification is stated in the individual product specifications.
Easy to compare environmental impacts
The lifecycle of our products are documented trough EPD’s, Environmental Product Declarations.
An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) contains environmental data about a product and its applications. An EPD makes the product more transparent as it makes it easier for advisers and developers to compare different products' environmental impacts.
EPD is a voluntary product labelling scheme, which provides the necessary documentation for environmental classification of buildings in line with ISO 14025. The EPD therefore describes the complete life cycle of the products used in a building.
An EPD requires a company to be open about its products, so that data that would previously have been confidential is now made publicly available.
Ørsted and ege on a joint mission
We have a declared mission – we will design carpets with respect for people and the environment. We have focused on climate and environmental issues for many years. As part of our policy in this area, we have entered a climate partnership with Ørsted. The climate agreement is another step in the direction of creating carpets that impact the climate and environment as little as possible.
In partnership with Ørsted, we have performed energy projects each year that ensure that we save large amounts of energy. For instance, we recycle our own excess heat from production as district heating. We have also reduced our CO2 emissions by almost 50% compared with 2007.
Least possible impact and more renewable energy
The initiated projects deal with greater recovery in production, more focus on recycling and the purchase of renewable energy from wind turbines.
Today, 100% of our electricity consumption is derived from wind turbines. We have undertaken to continue to use 100% renewable energy from wind turbines until 2022.