Sustainability

by KAINDL

Quality products. Made in Salzburg.

Naturally ecological. Wood is the natural basis of our ideas. Our responsibility for the environment therefore starts in the forest.

The wood we process is virtually exclusively log wood from thinning work in Austrian forests and residual wood from the sawmill industry. Find out more about our contributions in the fields of environmental protection, sustainability and society.

We care.

Handling natural resources responsibly is a major concern of ours. The circular economy, climate protection and an ecological value-added chain, are all part of the Kaindl corporate culture.

Environment and health – four reasons for Kaindl products

  • Circular economy

    Wood is a raw material that is important to us and one which we manage responsibly. We therefore use large quantities of recycled wood in our production, and in doing so we give it a second life. Kaindl products can then also be recycled at the end of their useful life.

  • Eco friendly

    90 % of the raw material used to make Kaindl products are renewable and come from the regional timber industry. The grow in Austria's forests at a rate of one cubic metre per second. Sustainable forest management ensures that more wood is being regrown than is removed.

  • Climate protection

    Our products are CO2-neutral. Due to their high wood content they have an unbeatable life cycle assessment and make an active contribution to climate protection. One pallet of Kaindl flooring captures and holds approx. 700 m³ CO2. This corresponds to the emissions caused by a car trip around 7,000 kilometers.

  • Healthy living

    Anyone who buys Kaindl products buys healthy living! Our products meet international standards, they are free from harmful plasticisers and pollutants, and ensure high-indoor air quality. We guarantee this!

Wood from the regional timber industry

90 percent of the raw material used in our products is renewable wood, which comes from the regional wood industry. Each second, one cubic metre of it grows in Austria’s forests. Sustainable forest management ensures that more wood grows than is harvested.

 

Sustainable use of wood in Kaindl products

Waste and recycled wood already account for more than 30 % of the wood we use. We purchase these from local specialist firms. An additional 30% is made up of sawmill by-products – i.e. sawdust and wood chips. The remaining wood, as already mentioned, comes from thinning and forest maintenance.

 

The circular economy

Wood is our most important raw material. Responsible handling of it leads to an efficient circular economy. From the raw material procurement, to production, through to recovery and independent energy production, our focus is continuously on sustainable management.

 

Why our energy is clean?

We rely heavily on energy from biomass. Wooden residues, which we cannot refine or use to produce our products, are used to produce energy. We use the energy it produces to supply our numerous production plants. In this way we avoid the emissions of 165,000 tons of CO₂ per year.

 

Benefit for households in Salzburg

Industrial waste heat is also not left unused by us; we use it for energy supply. The energy surplus is fed into Salzburg’s district heating network – providing more than 3,000 households in Salzburg with heat.

 

Our contribution to climate protection

Our products are CO₂-neutral. Thanks to their high wood content, they have an unbeatable life cycle advantage, and thus actively contribute to climate protection.  For clarification: One cubic metre of wood confines one ton of CO₂, a pallet of Kaindl flooring confines around 1.4 tons of CO₂. This is equal to the emissions of a car trip of around 7,000 kilometres.

 

Kaindl Cargo Shuttle

It is used for the daily transport of raw and finished products, efficiently and environmentally. As a result, 500,000 tons of products no longer have to be transported by motorway. This eliminates 4,000 tons of C0₂ yearly. The truck kilometres save roughly the equivalent of 8-times the length of the entire Austrian road network.

 

LED / e-mobility

We have retrofitted our lighting with state-of-the-art LED technology; this produces annual savings of 1,900,000 kilowatt hours! With this energy, an electric car could travel around the Earth roughly 300 times.
Also 80 % of our forklift trucks are already operated electrically; the goal is to increase this number to 100 %. After all, by using electric forklift trucks we save an impressive four million litres of crude oil per year!

 

Healthy living with Kaindl

Kaindl products for healthy living! Our products meet international standards, are free from harmful plasticisers and pollutants and ensure high-quality room air. We guarantee this.

Taking over responsibility.

Here you will find more information about the subject Responsibility towards Company, Employees, Society and Environment.

 

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