Waste and environment

We have a long-term vision of reaching zero waste at our production sites. In 2016, 97% of the waste from production was recycled or used for renewable energy.

97% waste recycled or used for renewable energy.

Policy and goals
All VELUX manufacturing sites are certified according to ISO 14001 (environmental management). We are committed to protecting the environment and continuously work to reduce our environmental impact and use of natural resources.

One of the elements we focus on is waste. We have a long-term vision of reaching zero waste at our production sites. Governed by the environmental policy, we continuously optimise our resource efficiency and reduce the amount of waste resulting from our production.

Activities
Our production sites have been ISO 14001 certified for a number of years. With the updated ISO 14001:2015, all our production sites are in the process of obtaining certification according to this more demanding standard, with special focus on Life Cycle Assessments, management commitment, and risks and opportunities management.

Our waste products are typically wood, steel, aluminium and glass; for these major waste categories, we have brought recycling close to 100%.

Performance
74.2% of waste from production was recycled
23.2% of waste from production was used as renewable energy
0.8% of waste from production was categorised as hazardous waste
 1.8% of waste from production was sent to landfill.

The increase in hazardous waste from 0.5% in 2015 to 0.8% in 2016 was due to a fire incident at one of our production sites, so it does not represent normal waste production.

Next steps
We continue to explore new opportunities for recycling with suppliers, local utilities and recycling companies. In 2017, we will expand our capacity to use waste wood for renewable heat generation at two VELUX factories in Poland.

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