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Scientifically proven climate protection

In its annual study “resources SAVED by recycling”, the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT calculates the extent to which the environment has been helped by ALBA Group’s recycling services. In 2020 alone, this study showed that almost 4,8 million tonnes of resources were handled by closed-loop systems run by ALBA Group companies such as Interzero in Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovenia, saving around 28,8 million tonnes of primary raw materials. The companies also saved almost 3,5 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. Material flows included in Fraunhofer’s recycling study included metals, waste electrical equipment, paper/paperboard/cardboard, glass, lightweight packaging, plastics and wood.

Reducing transportation, reusing IT devices

In another study from the “resources SAVED” series, Fraunhofer UMSICHT looked at the positive impact on resources and the climate from the refurbishing and reuse of IT and communications devices, as organised by Interzero. As one example, using refurbishment to extend the service life of just one laptop saves around 181 kg of primary raw materials and 154 kg of greenhouse gas emissions.

Interzero’s Mobile Counting Centre (MCC) also helps save resources. The local availability of the mobile counting service for non-refillable bottles means companies avoid long trips to stationary counting centres. “resources SAVED” shows that the MCC’s annual CO2 savings equal the amount removed by around three wooded football pitches.

"Recycling is an important building block for a sustainable society: it contributes to resource conservation and greenhouse gas savings and reduces economic dependence on imported raw materials. The study "resources SAVED by recycling" impressively shows what a major role companies like the ALBA Group have in this process.ben. "

Dr.-Ing. Markus Hiebel Department Director for Sustainability and Resource Management of the Fraunhofer Institute’s UMSICHT program Fraunhofer-Institut UMSICHT


In 2020, the ALBA Group conserved 28.8 million tonnes of primary resources by recycling 4.8 million tonnes of raw materials.


The recycling activities of the ALBA Group reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 3.5 million tonnes in the past year.


The recycling of aluminium, copper, steal, stainless steel, lead, zinc and brass, saved 13 million tonnes of primary raw materials.


The company processed 1.4 million tonnes of paper, paperboard and cardboard, thus avoided 560,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.


A total of 320.045 tonnes of used glass was recycled, which reduced the use of primary raw material by 649,691 tonnes.


The company recycled more than 700,000 tonnes of plastic, thereby conserving more than 2,7 million tonnes of primary raw materials.

“resources SAVED” certificates for our customers and partners

A sustainable competitive advantage: in partnership with Interzero, you can improve your ecological footprint and strengthen your customer loyalty. Whether you use our services for recycling, IT equipment reuse or reducing transportation with our MCC, you make an individual contribution to conserving primary raw materials and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and this is confirmed in the personal resource protection certificate issued to you by Interzero.

For us, transparency is not just one of our guiding principles but is also held in high esteem by our customers and partners. As a long-standing partner, Bag Company is full of praise for our successful cooperation. 'The Interzero ‘resources SAVED’ certificate reflects our contribution to climate protection and enables us to account for the resources we save each year,” said Roland Gartner, CEO of Bag Company. This specialist in environmentally friendly point-of-sale packaging has been committed to the environmental service provider's resource protection certificate for several years. "It is an important piece of the puzzle that contributes significantly to both our commercial success and our sustainability documentation," explained Gartner. The distributor, which serves as a link to a global network of manufacturers, has been working with Interzero for more than ten years, as have many other companies across a wide range of sectors.

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