Process Materiality Analysis: Ceramic Pipes Segment
The Materiality Analysis: Ceramic Pipes Segment
Previous targets in the Ceramic Pipes Segment
The materiality analysis has shown that our stakeholders regard energy efficiency, climate protection and the safety and health of our employees as priority issues in the ceramic pipe segment. Steinzeug-Keramo was following the targets to reduce its specific energy consumption (reference year: 2010) and its specific CO2 emissions (reference year: 2013) by 20% each by 2020. While energy consumption was down by 14% already in 2014, specific CO2 emissions from fuel remained unchanged. The Group-wide target of reducing the amount of water drawn from public networks to 40% of total water consumption was reached ahead of schedule. As regards “Social aspects in production”, the main focus was on the safety and health of employees. Regrettably, the accident rate in 2014 was significantly higher than in 2013. Consistent measures were therefore taken to reduce the frequency of accidents. With a view to improved health protection for our employees, respirable crystalline silica measurements were rolled out to additional plants step by step.
Material sustainability issues in the Ceramic Pipes Segment
From the stakeholders’ point of view, “Avoidance of hazardous substances” and “Security of supply” are priority issues in raw material sourcing, as in the brick segment. “Nature conservation and the re-use of extraction sites” are other important aspects. Priority issues in production are energy efficiency and climate protection, as in the brick segment. Additionally, “Resource efficiency and waste management” were classified as essential. Employee issues were generally regarded as priorities. Products should be durable, recyclable and innovative; transport to the customer should be environment-friendly. Waste water solutions for developing countries were identified as yet another issue. The results of the materiality analysis have been translated into the Sustainability Roadmap.
A long service life and long-term value – two aspects ranked as very important in the analysis – are core qualities of ceramic pipes; therefore, no specific target has been set in the Sustainability Roadmap. Environment-friendly transport is an integral part of efficient logistics and, therefore, has not been considered as a separate issue in the Sustainability Roadmap. Employee development and training are covered by human resources management, with the establishment of the “Steinzeug-Keramo Academy” being particularly noteworthy in this context. Considering the interests of local stakeholders is a matter for production site management.