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Sustainability and Circular Economy

Circular economy, marine litter and climate protection are currently driving the plastics industry on the subject of sustainability. Society and politics are calling for the environmentally friendly use of plastics. 

The Sustainability and Circular Economy research unit is working together with the industry on solutions to meet these demands.

With our services as well as in public research projects, we improve the recycling of plastics, increase resource efficiency, minimize energy costs through process improvements and reduce CO2 emissions.

SKZ Sustainability Report
The first SKZ Sustainability Report is intended to be a cornerstone for the targeted optimization of our sustainability performance and, in particular, to sensitize our employees to the topic.

Learn more about this in our SKZ Sustainability Report


Dr. Hermann Achenbach
Business Unit Manager Sustainability and Circular Economy


CO₂-Balance sheets for products and companies
according to ISO 14067/64

The carbon footprint determines the sum of all climate-relevant gases emitted by a product (product carbon footprint) over its entire life cycle or by a company (company carbon footprint). It is a starting point for developing an effective climate strategy and climate protection-oriented marketing. Our carbon footprints are calculated according to recognized methods and standards, comprehensively documented and thus provide a sound data basis for climate-specific product and company assessment.

Preparation and review of life cycle assessments
according to DIN EN ISO 14040/44

In accordance with the applicable standards, we perform simplified or detailed environmental assessments of your product as required and can compare the results with competing products. Through sensitivity analyses, we can help you draw valid conclusions from the results. As experienced LCA experts, we also perform peer reviews of LCA studies.

Preparation of environmental product declarations
according to ISO 14025 and EN 15804

Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are based on the requirements of a life cycle assessment and document environmental properties as well as other specifications of products. We prepare EPDs according to recognized methods and standards and accompany the verification process. In addition to the creation of individual EPDs, we also offer the creation of partially automated EPD calculators to enable simplified EPD preparations of your products.

Increasing energy efficiency in the processing of plastics

Energy can be saved in many areas of plastics processing. We help you to leverage the savings potential and thus reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions. On the basis of company data and our own performance and flow measurements, we carry out energy consumption analyses and identify optimization points.

Training and Networking

As experts in the field of plastics technology, we strive to pass on the knowledge we have acquired over decades to our customers. From material development and manufacturing processes to the application of various testing and measuring methods - in our numerous practice-oriented training courses, you as a participant will acquire the necessary knowledge in dealing with plastics as a material. This begins with the selection of the right materials and compliance with production-oriented design rules, continues with the correct handling of equipment and machines for the production and processing of plastic components and ends with the correct understanding of quality criteria and the associated use of testing and measuring tools.
Bringing together people from different areas of the company and from different sectors to exchange experience and technical know-how is also a top priority for us, in addition to the pure transfer of knowledge. Our numerous specialist events provide the ideal venue for a free exchange of ideas. Renowned speakers from a wide range of industries and excellent technical presentations make the SKZ conferences popular meeting places within the plastics industry.

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