- The Polish Green Building Council (PLGBC) is a non-governmental organisation. Since 2008, it has been pursuing a mission to bring about radical improvement in the design, construction and use of buildings in Poland, making sustainable construction the norm.
- As a member of the PLGBC, ALUPROF is committed to the active support of that organisation’s mission and goals. The company achieves this by integrating sustainability into its business operations and promoting fair and ethical practices among its suppliers and service providers.
DECLARATION OF THE COMMITMENTS BY MEMBERS OF THE PLGBC
ESTIMATING CARBON FOOTPRINTS
- A report entitled Estimating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings was premiered in Warsaw on 7th October 2022 during the twelfth Polish Green Building Council (PLGBC) Summit. The report was produced as part of #BuildingLife, a project run by the World Green Building Council for the purpose of supporting the European Green Deal.
- The PLGBC report is a detailed look at a key decarbonisation measure, namely, the assumptions and methodology for estimating the life-cycle carbon footprint of buildings. Standardisation will allow data on the carbon footprint of Polish buildings to be collected in the future. The report puts forward a simplified method with full carbon footprint analyses and the authors propose activities crucial to disseminating the calculations for the life-cycle emissions of buildings.
DECARBONISING THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
- The construction industry is of colossal significance to the process of achieving climate neutrality. The most recent data show that buildings are responsible for 38% of global CO2 emissions, with usage accounting for 28% and the remaining 10% springing from the energy consumption required to produce the materials and technologies used in construction, in other words, the embodied carbon footprint.
- In order for climate neutrality to be achieved, the Polish construction industry must undergo a transformation process. Modification of approaches to the production of materials, design, the construction process and energy sources is vital. The PLGBC report contains a vision for the total decarbonisation of construction resources by 2050.
- The CIRCON project is an initiative pushing towards a circular economy in the construction industry, with ecologically designed built environments. It is being carried out by the PLGBC in collaboration with the Silesian University of Technology and Green Building Council Iceland.
- The objectives of the project are to strengthen the implementation of a circular economy in the construction industry and to disseminate knowledge on designing buildings in line with circular economy principles among key stakeholders in the sector by developing a handbook and website and by running training courses.
- The activities, which are planned for a two-year period, began in April 2022.
Supply chain responsibility at ALUPROF
- In pursuing ALUPROF’s sustainable development strategy, we pay particular attention to social and environmental commitments not only as far as our own operations are concerned, but also in terms of comprehensive collaboration right along the supply chain.
- The primary document regulating our corporate governance is our organisation’s Code of Ethics, which is the set of values the company accepts as binding. It is supplemented by our company policies, which have shaped our social and environmental frameworks for years.
- Key documents include our Environmental Policy, Climate Change Policy, Respect for Human Rights Policy, Anti-Corruption Policy, Diversity Policy and Code of Conduct for Suppliers. The last of these, our Code of Conduct for Suppliers, which obliges the companies we collaborate with to respect values similar to ours, has gained particular significance in the light of the legal changes which came into effect in Germany as of 1st January 2023.
- Cradle to Cradle Certifiede ™is a globally recognized measure of safer, more sustainable products made for the circular economy.
- The ALUPROF systems which are Cradle to Cradle Certified™, with a classification of Bronze, include our MB-SR50N HI+ façade system and our MB-86 SI, MB-86 Casement, MB-86 ST, MB-70, MB-70HI and MB-70 Casementwindow and door systems.
- When it comes to ALUPROF, the calculation of carbon dioxide emissions per ton of products reveals the very low parameter of 2.79 tCO2e for low-carbon billets manufactured for the LOW CARBON KĘTY line at the factory in southern Polish town of Kęty.
- This low level of emissions was achieved thanks to the use of the company’s cutting-edge plant for the manufacturing process and to the high content of secondary raw materials in the form of recycled aluminium scrap at an average level of 65%.
70,000 TREES FOR 70 YEARS OF GRUPA KĘTY CAPITAL GROUP
- Grupa Kęty will be celebrating its seventieth anniversary in 2023. The occasion is being marked in an exceptional, environmentally healing way, with the company planting seventy thousand trees in Poland.
- What underlies this ecological initiative is the first and foremost concern for a healthier environment and the desire to reduce the carbon footprint. The campaign, which was launched in April 2021 and will run until 2023, is also part of an ARKA Ecological Foundation project, Let’s Plant Some Oxygen.
- Estimates suggest that, over the course of a year, seventy thousand trees will absorb more than four hundred and twenty tonnes of CO 2. That figure represents 1.19% of Grupa Kęty’s domestic companies’ 35,111 tonnes of direct greenhouse gas emissions in 2020.
- Grupa Kęty carries out a wide range of pro-ecological activities. One which is well worth emphasising is our extensive use of recycled raw materials in our end products. We not only utilise our own waste, but we also reclaim aluminium scrap from the market and process it. This includes products that have reached the end of their life cycle. All this waste material is used as a component of the raw materials for manufacturing aluminium extrusions.
- Our facilities are selective, collecting specific grades of alloys. This means that, during the secondary smelting process, there is no need to use fluxes, which have an unfavourable environmental impact. Our company sources both post-consumer and pre-consumer aluminium scrap. The former comes from products which have reached the end of their life cycle and the latter is the waste from production processes. The process of purchasing the scrap is governed by rigorous quality control requirements. This ensures that the aluminium designated for secondary smelting is contaminant-free. It also means that no harmful compounds which could pose a danger to the natural environment are released into the air.
- When we reutilise aluminium scrap, we save approximately 95% of the energy needed for the initial production of aluminium from bauxite, which is an extremely energy-intensive process. Recycling aluminium also enables us to reduce air and water pollution by 95% and 97%, respectively.
Global Reporting Initiative
- As part of Grupa Kęty, Aluprof is following the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) path, which reinforces sustainable decision-making.
- GRI is an independent, international organisation which began pioneering sustainable development reporting in 1997 and has led the field ever since.
- GRI helps companies and governments all over the world to comprehend and communicate their impact on crucial sustainable development questions such as climate change, human rights, governance and social well-being.
- This facilitates real action aimed at creating social, environmental and economic benefits for everyone. The GRI reporting standards are developed with genuine input from multiple stakeholders and are rooted in the public interest.
ALUPROF has been certified by TÜV NORD under the internationally recognised ISO 14001 standard, which sets out methods for implementing effective environmental management systems. It was developed in order to define the principles for organisations to attain and maintain the delicate balance between remaining profitable and minimising the impact of their operations on the natural environment. Those which apply the requirements set out in the standard are capable of doing just that. The ISO 14001 and other standards defining the requirements for various management systems were constructed taking the Plan-Do-Check-Act/Adjust (PDCA) method, also known as the Deming Circle/Cycle/Wheel, into consideration.
ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATION
- ALUPROF holds several Environmental Product Declarations (EPD). An EDP is an independent certificate which indicates a product’s environmental impact and is recognised all over the world.
- EPDs are issued on the basis of a Life Cycle Assessment, which analyses the environmental impact of a product, process or service from ‘the cradle to the grave’.
- The EPD is a global environmental system. In Poland, assessments relating to the construction industry are carried out by the Building Research Institute in conjunction with an auditor. An objective evaluation and verification based on ISO 14025 and EN 15804 is performed on every process, taking into consideration aspects such as the quantity of waste produced during production and the water and energy consumption for the entire process.
- Based in Utrecht, Vereniging Metalen Ramen en Gevelbranche (VMRG) is an association of elevation makers whose efforts involve collaborating with their partners in the sector in order to provide optimal end-user comfort. Ongoing improvement of products and processes, innovations, training and servicing guarantee the long-term worth of buildings.
- VRGM organises valuable industry training courses and provides a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience in the construction industry.
- Netherlands-based RENOCON is an independent partner of homeowners’ and housing associations, working with them on implementing sustainable, neutral energy building.
- ALUPROF is RENOCON’s supplier of choice for aluminium windows, doors and façades.
The Dutch Innovatie Centrum Duurzaam Bouwen (ICBuBO) / Innovative Centre for Sustainable Building is an inspiring independent platform for sustainable development and innovation in the construction industry. The centre has a vast, permanent showroom devoted to the topic and ALUPROF’s solutions and products are featured there.More
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