Climate and environmental protection

Thinking and acting in terms of generations

Considering generations to come – the result of a strong tradition, this is treated as a guiding principle by our parent company, the family-owned Giesecke+Devrient Group. Louisenthal is also committed to this concept.

We know what it means to maintain your values and hand them down to the next generation. We want to live up to society’s expectations, but without limiting the opportunities open to future generations.

As confirmed by conversations with our stakeholders, respect for the environment and our climate is crucial to everything we do along the entire value chain worldwide. Conserving natural resources is an ongoing task that demands daily attention and is never complete. Beyond satisfying the legal regulations, we have also set wide-ranging goals for sustainable corporate and product policies.


Our measures

Everything we do at Louisenthal focuses on judicious resource use, eco-friendly manufacturing processes, energy conservation, and reduction of CO2. The development of a “Corporate Carbon Footprint” is a key step toward significantly reducing our emissions. This analysis gives us a basis from which to determine measures and objectives for the judicious use of resources.


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Our sustainability management system

Our environmental management system defines the responsibilities, processes and guidelines for operational measures necessary to implement our sustainability policy. This enables us to conserve resources, reduce our impact on the environment and cut costs.

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The company-wide sustainability management system incorporates our worldwide measures and programs to protect the environment and climate. This helps us make significant steps on the road to a sustainable value chain. The sustainability management system is based on the certified management systems ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Both our production sites, Königstein and Louisenthal, are certified in accordance with global standards.

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Carbon Footprint

An important measure within our climate protection strategy is the ongoing targeted reduction of greenhouse gas emissions at our Königstein and Louisenthal sites. We use the corporate carbon footprint (CCF) to document and monitor the development of greenhouse gases at each of these locations.

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The causes of our emissions are identified through energy-efficiency projects, and we then determine reduction goals and concrete measures for curtailing greenhouse gases and lowering our power consumption on the basis of these.
Carbon neutrality

Realistically, it will not be possible to eliminate emissions altogether in the foreseeable future. That is why another key step in our climate strategy is to become carbon-neutral through offsetting. This means that we seize the opportunity to compensate for unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions caused by our operations by voluntarily investing in external climate protection projects.

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Wastewater management at Louisenthal

As an outlet of Lake Tegernsee, the Mangfall fulfils an important role in supplying drinking water for the surrounding area. Indeed, drinking water has been drawn from the Mangfall valley since 1880 and used to supply the city of Munich for almost 130 years now.

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So a forward-looking approach to water protection is particularly important to us. We also have a special responsibility to preserve the tourist area around Lake Tegernsee, which we take very seriously. By ensuring effective wastewater management, Louisenthal has taken decisive steps to protect the resources of Lake Tegernsee and its environs on a lasting basis. We view this as our contribution to preserving the quality of our natural surroundings for future generations.
Biomembrane reactor treatment

The Königstein and Louisenthal plants set an example in terms of wastewater management by deploying state-of-the-art biomembrane reactors. These treat the wastewater from manufacturing processes, enabling its reuse in production. Every hour, a biomembrane reactor recycles as much water as a two-person household consumes in a year. The systems at both sites have been in operation since 2009.

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