Recycling is a key factor for climate protection

We make ecological responsibility measurable and by doing so, have shown that the recycling activities carried out by Interseroh and ALBA Group help to conserve natural resources, for example by saving more than 28.8 million tonnes of primary resources and almost 3.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2020 alone.

In a landmark decision on 24 March 2021, Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s Climate Change Act had to be amended in order to safeguard the civil liberties of future generations. The German government moved quickly to present an amendment bill, which was duly enacted. The new targets for Germany are a 65 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2045. But which measures will help us to reach this target? A central element of any national climate protection programme is the establishment of efficient waste management. This is where the business model of the ALBA Group comes into play.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT has now been investigating the impact that the recycling activities carried out by the ALBA Group have on the environment for several years. We are now able to provide comprehensive evidence of the amount of raw materials saved by our recycling activities compared to primary production. A special methodology was developed especially for this new approach.

The result of the study is impressive, revealing that in 2020 alone, the ALBA Group was able to use the recycling of different raw materials to save a total of more than 28.8 million tonnes of primary resources, which therefore did not need to be taken from the environment.


Furthermore recycling in the ALBA Group prevented around 3.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2020. This is the same level of climate protection offered by 349,823 hectares of mixed forest with almost 49 million trees. In total the ALBA Group divisions saved about 73.5 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents worldwide since the beginning of the Fraunhofer scientific investigations in 2007. In comparison, this corresponds with about 10 percent of 2020’s German greenhouse gas emissions of 739 million tonnes.

You can find detailed information on the study on our website at