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 32.3 million tonnes of primary resources and almost 4.2 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2019 alone.

It is a historic number: 195 states agreed 2015 on shared global climate treaty at the world climate conference in Paris. This means that more countries than ever before want to take responsibility for the environment and help to limit global warming to a maximum of 2 degrees centigrade. 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 2019 alone, the ALBA Group was able to use the recycling of different raw materials to save a total of more than 32.3 million tonnes of primary resources, which therefore did not need to be taken from the environment.

Furthermore recycling in the ALBA Group prevented around 4.2 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2019. This corresponds to approx. one per cent of the overall German CO2 savings in direct comparison to the annual emissions of the year 1990 to 2019 or the positive annual impact on the climate of about 59 million trees. In total the ALBA Group divisions saved about 70 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents worldwide since the beginning of the Fraunhofer scientific investigations in 2007. In comparison, this corresponds with about 9 per cent of 2019’s German greenhouse gas emissions of 805 million tonnes.

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