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As a company in the chemical industry, we are aware of our responsibility toward people and the environment. As a result of the binding goals in our highly ambitious environmental program, we have engaged in a thorough adjustment of our production processes: Wherever possible, we use our own patented, in-house technologies and innovative coating processes.

Environmental Program: Ambitious Goals

We started creating our own environmental management system in 2001, and we continue to develop it on an ongoing basis. Above all, it is our plants around the world that have contributed to the fact that tesa regularly exceeds its ambitious goals. Since establishing the environmental program, tesa has reduced emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) by more than half. In addition, there have also been significant reductions in the solvent use, CO2 emissions, and waste generation.

Achieved Environmental Goals 2002-2015

  • Energy usage: -24%
  • CO2 emissions in Europe: -19%
  • Solvent usage: -41%
  • Waste for disposal: -77%
  • VOC emissionsVOC = volatile organic compounds: -91%
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Our Environmental Guidelines

  1. Our product and system solutions are designed to impact the environment as little as possible during their manufacture, use, and disposal.
  2. tesa pursues environmental protection on its own initiative and responsibility, and implements the necessary measures.
  3. We undertake to comply with legal regulations and official requirements as minimum standards.
  4. tesa continually improves its environmental management system and environmental protection technologies in cooperation with authorities, research institutions, and associations.
  5. We use limited resources such as energy, water, and raw materials economically. Avoiding, reducing, and reusing waste takes priority over its disposal. The design of products and production processes is based on this principle.
  6. In order to protect air, soil, and water, tesa takes measures on its own initiative to prevent conceivable accidents.
  7. tesa pursues an open information policy towards employees, authorities, neighbors, institutions, customers, and suppliers.

Energy, Emissions, and Waste: Less Is More

We save energy wherever possible: Although all tesa production locations are certified according to the environmental standard ISO 14001, our plants in Offenburg and Hamburg have been additionally certified according to ISO 50001 for energy management. The installation of a CHP (combined heat and power) system for environmentally friendly in-house power generation based on gas, waste heat, and cooling has allowed the tesa plant in Offenburg to reduce its annual CO2 emissions by 3,600 tons.

A similar system for reducing consumption with combined heat and power has been installed in the Hamburg tesa plant. Regular energy saving measures are also on the agenda at our international sites.

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We regularly monitor our energy requirements and consumption
We regularly monitor our energy requirements and consumption

Our Energy Guidelines

  1. We attach great importance to the sustainable handling of energy and energy efficiency.
  2. We undertake to comply with legal regulations and requirements regarding energy use and energy consumption and are furthermore committed to continuous improvement of operational energy management and energy efficiency.
  3. We undertake to make allowance for energy efficiency as a major basis for our decisions when selecting new machines or installations and in the technical equipment of buildings.
  4. We regularly monitor our energy requirements and consumption. At the same time, we undertake to identify and evaluate energy saving potential and implement the measures deduced with appropriate resources.
  5. We actively involve our employees in energy management, inform them regularly of our activities and provide them with further education in the context of training measures.
  6. We involve contractual partners and third party companies that will be working for us in our energy management.

Solvent-free production of acrylic tapes
Solvent-free production of acrylic tapes

Less Is More: Fewer Solvents

As part of the tesa environmental program, we consistently orient our production processes toward environmentally friendly technologies. Since launching the first large-scale facility for solvent free coating at tesa’s Offenburg plant (2002), we have continued to rigorously develop this patented tesa technology. Our factories in Offenburg and Italy, among others, have operated largely without the use of solvents for several years.

The facility for environmentally friendly production of double-sided acrylate adhesive tape at the tesa plant in Hamburg is the only one of its kind in the world and provides an exemplary case: With ACX technology, solvents are used only in the first process step and are immediately extracted in the subsequent drying process and put back into circulation. This is a patented process developed at tesa and it provides the following environmentally relevant reductions in comparison to conventional methods:

  • Use of organic solvents: circa -55%
  • Disposal of organic solvents: circa -89%
  • Process water requirements: circa -100%
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tesa is running its own waste reduction program
tesa is running its own waste reduction program

Less Is More: Less Waste

Waste is unavoidable when producing goods but it can be reduced. In order to achieve this, we conduct regular training courses at our locations throughout the world to ensure that all of our employees are conscious of the need to avoid unnecessary waste and to recycle appropriately. In addition, we are constantly looking for new technical solutions and cooperation partners to allow us to maximize recycling efforts.

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