GERMANY – KHS, an international manufacturer of filling and packaging equipment for the beverage, food, and non-food sectors, has reported great progress in reducing the impact of its operations and those of its customers in its fourth voluntary sustainability report. 

In the report titled Global responsibility – acting reliably and with foresight, KHS also for the first time provided in-depth details on progress made on its own operations outside Germany. 

The Dortmund company for instance highlighted progress made by KHS India where the company already runs a number of extensive sustainability programs.  

Its programs in India include countless initiatives that specifically help to make the company more sustainable above and beyond the issues of recycling, conserving energy, and the circular economy. 

The KHS production sites in Germany, which have been the focus of sustainability for a while now, were also reported to have saved a total of 10,868 metric tons of CO 2 emissions in 2019 and 2020. 
Helping customers meet climate goals 
Apart from helping cutting its own carbon footprint, KHS has also been creating an innovative solution that helps its customers cut down on their own footprint. 

InnoPET Blomax Series V stretch blow molder is one example of innovations highlighted in the report that have less impact on the environemnt. 

According to KHS, InnoPET Blomax Series V stretch blow molder cuts energy consumption by up to 40% and by making effective use of materials also saves up to 10% in PET, thus conserving valuable resources. 

The Nature MultiPack that doesn’t need any shrink film is another example of innovation that reduces plastic waste. 

Other examples include Plasmax, which is currently the only recyclable barrier for plastic bottles that enables PET to be recycled by type and the option of wrapping beverage cans in paper or bundling them into packs with a cardboard clip.   

The company also reports having made progress in lightweighting, namely reducing the weight of and amount of material used in a PET bottle. 

Commenting on the multimodal approach to sustainability KHS CEO Kai Acker said, “We explore all possible ways and means of cutting emissions and saving on resources in the course of our own value creation process.” 

The Dortmund company has published a sustainability report on a voluntary basis every two years since 2015.  

The company says its entire content is structured based on GRI standards 1, the sustainable development goals of the United Nations, and legal reporting obligations pursuant to CSR-RUG 2, among others. 

For many years we’ve been consistently reducing our consumption of energy and resources with the help of our modernization concepts and we recycle wherever possible. We’ll continue our efforts in this respect,” says Kai Acker.

“As a global company, we’ll also place these issues on a stronger international footing in the future, such as in Brazil and the USA.”

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