A strong signal for environmental 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 51.8 million tonnes of primary resources and almost 5.9 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2015 alone.

It is a historic number: 196 states agreed 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 2017 alone, the ALBA Group was able to use the recycling of different raw materials to save a total of more than 30.2 million tonnes of primary resources, which therefore did not need to be taken from the environment.

Furthermore recycling in the ALBA Group prevented around 4.1 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2017. Mixed woodland with a comparable greenhouse gas intake per year would have to cover an area of 410,000 hectares – this corresponds to an area comparable to the Ruhr region. On top, nobody can measure the harm, provoked by relocation of houses and families due to surface mining.

You can find detailed information on the study and an explanatory video on our website at