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Maintaining an environment worth living in for ourselves and future generations means ensuring that the effects of our product production and usage on the Earth’s ecosystem do not cause any irreversible damage to the natural balance of this networked system of people, animals, plants, soil, water, air and climate.
The positive properties of the valuable construction material, the high residential value and the cost-effectiveness are supplemented by ecological value creation. In view of the increasing importance of environmental influences such as the mining of raw materials, energy consumption, air pollution, the greenhouse effect and soil acidification, this is now more important than ever.
The raw materials clay and sand required to produce clinker are largely locally sourced. Once they have been mined, the pits are recultivated, i.e. the mined areas are replanted as per their original condition or converted into valuable biotopes in consultation with local environment authorities.
Almost no waste is generated from brickmaking; broken pieces of bricks or clinker are used for road construction or returned to the production process.
DISPOSAL AND PACKAGING
We are connected to the Interseroh disposal system under number 25055.
ENERGY USAGE AND PACKAGING
As the energy costs of brickmaking account for a major part of the overall costs, the brick industry has always endeavoured to reduce the amount of energy required.
GIMA has taken several measures such as
• improved firing technology
• greater efficiency when drying blanks
• system-internal heat recovery
• other procedural optimisations
to implement the opportunities to vastly reduce the amount of production energy.
The specific energy consumption per kilogram of brick has been reduced by about 40% since the mid-1970s.
A drastic reduction was also achieved in relation to emissions from burning fossil fuels. The reduction in air pollutant emissions was achieved through not only the lower specific need for energy per kilogram of clinker but also the simultaneous use of the latest clean air technology and the low-emission energy sources of natural and liquid gas.