Climate-neutral production

We take our responsibility seriously

At Vöhringer, we are also always one step ahead when it comes to environmental protection and sustainability. We achieved our goal of climate-neutral production by the end of 2021 at an early stage.

For many years, we have been working to reduce our ecological footprint and achieve this through measures focusing on climate protection and the careful use of our finite resources. For this reason, we have had a certified environmental management system (DIN EN ISO 14001) since 2013.

In order to reduce the emissions of our company, we have implemented these measures, among others.
  • Use of green electricity and solar energy (6 PV systems, 2 of which are completely self-consumption systems), therefore enormous reduction of CO² emissions
  • Wood waste from production is burned in our wood chip plant. This is used to heat both our production and administration buildings at both locations

  • Resources are conserved: largely paperless office
  • We regularly train our employees in environmental awareness. This includes saving water, electricity and thermal energy as well as the correct separation of waste and, of course, waste reduction
  • LED lighting in the majority of our production halls and administrative rooms
  • Unfortunately, some emissions cannot be avoided. To compensate for these emissions, such as business trips, we support various climate protection projects worldwide. As a wood processing company, we have placed our focus on reforestation and forest protection when selecting projects
  • Project Peru

    Protection of the rainforest

    The "Madre de Dios" region is understood by its population as the "Peruvian capital of biodiversity". The region is part of the Amazon rainforest and at the same time a nature reserve which is home to numerous endangered animal and plant species. This unique biodiversity is threatened by illegal deforestation of the rainforest. The project helps to develop initiatives that increase both the value of the healthy forest and the income from the sustainable harvesting of Brazil nuts. Smallholder farmers are empowered to protect and conserve their forest. Regional families benefit from a secure source of income. Illegal logging thus becomes unattractive. The project's holistic approach contributes to the sustainable protection of around 300,000 hectares of rainforest and achieves a saving of around 2 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

    project data

    // 2,086,089 tons of emissions saved CO² EQ/year
    // 64,688,764 tons saved emissions CO² EQ total

  • Project Tanzania

    Production of efficient cooking stoves and distribution of water filters

    The project aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, curb deforestation, and improve air quality by manufacturing or importing charcoal and wood fuel efficient biomass stoves and water purification systems and distributing them to households and other users throughout Tanzania. The project is working with the nonprofit coordinating agency EandCo Tanzania, among others, to contract local stove manufacturers and distributors who adhere to several basic principles. They sell the stoves and/or water purification systems only in Tanzania, and if there are exports, they do not register them as part of this project. The high quality stoves are more efficient and durable than typical cooking methods in Tanzania. Manufacturing follows strict quality standards. In addition, water filtration systems from the LifeStraw family are used; a microbial water treatment system that is designed for spot use for routine use in low-income environments.

    project data

    // 41,429 tons saved emissions CO² EQ/year
    // 870,009 tons saved emissions CO² EQ total

  • Project Uruguay

    Reforestation

    The project covers a total area of 21,298 hectares of land where cattle grazed in the past. Meanwhile, a tree plantation has been established on this land to plant high quality and durable wood for processing and to absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The forests consist mainly of Eucalyptus grandis plantations, which are managed on a 22-year rotation to produce large diameter logs suitable for sawing and veneer production. The practices comply with the FSC standard for sustainable forest management. The planted forests remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in various carbon reservoirs (above-ground and below-ground biomass, soil, dead wood, and non-tree plant waste).

    project data

    // 127,416 tons saved emissions CO² EQ/year
    // 7,644,960 tons saved emissions CO² EQ total

  • Project Brazil

    Strictly monitored forest management in Para

    The project is located in a rapidly changing region, which is rich in valuable timber species, but also characterised by illegal logging activity, widespread land speculation and severe poverty. In this environment the risk of deforestation of the valuable tree population is very high. The main objective of the project is therefore to prevent illegal logging in native forests. Such an objective is achieved by managing the land in the form of a "private conservation reserve" through the development and implementation of a management plan. By avoiding illegal logging, forest is preserved as a habitat for many wild animals and as a CO² reservoir.

    project data

    // 264,116 tons saved emissions CO² EQ/year
    //10,564,640 tons saved emissions CO² EQ total

  • Project Nigeria

    Efficient charcoal stoves in Nigeria provide clean indoor air

    The project involves the production and distribution of efficient charcoal cookers to replace those currently used in Nigeria. This project will ensure that air pollution is prevented, and thus reduce the number of deaths caused by air pollution. The project builds on the clean cookstove work of Toyola Energy Limited (TEL), which has been operating in parts of West Africa, particularly Ghana and Togo, since 2003. The project will help thousands of families as well as small and medium enterprises in Nigeria and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project activity reduces or displaces greenhouse gas emissions from the household thermal energy consumption.

    project data

    // 604,520 tons saved emissions CO² EQ/year
    // 3,022,600 tons saved emissions CO² EQ total

  • Vietnam project

    Dam project as sustainable energy supply

    The project activity consists of the construction and operation of a hydropower plant with reservoir in Phuoc Son district, Quang Nam province, Vietnam. The project is located in an area with low mountains and extends to the high mountains of the Truong Son range. The electricity generated is fed into the national grid through transmission lines. In this way, electricity generated in Vietnam by fossil fuels can be replaced to a large extent with sustainable energy.

    project data

    // 662,566 tons saved emissions CO² EQ/year
    // 4,637,962 tons saved emissions CO² EQ total

    Wood Products and Forestry

    Commitment starts with purchasing. Our wood products come exclusively from responsible forestry. In this way, we contribute to the sustainable use of forests. You can rely on ecologically sound raw materials.

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