Operating responsibly has been a guiding ­principle for the POLYTEC GROUP for many years. In the 2021 financial year, the group integrated sustainability into its corporate strategy. In 2022, the next ­important step followed with the formulation of a comprehensive sustainability roadmap.

The climate crisis and its environmental, ecological and social implications raise the most pressing questions of our time. We are all called upon to take action, and that applies to industry in particular. The sector is one of the main producers of greenhouse gases. More than 20 percent of the global CO2 emissions are generated in the production of industrial goods. Since POLYTEC is a company whose basic materials consist of plastic, the use of other resources has a significant impact on the environment, along with energy consumption. Against this backdrop, POLYTEC takes authentic measures to conserve resources and energy, thus contributing its share to climate and environmental protection.


Im Geschäftsjahr 2022 verabschiedete POLYTEC eine neue Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie. Im Zentrum: acht Strategiefelder, in ­denen der Konzern verstärkt Nachhaltigkeitsinitiativen setzen möchte. Sie umfassen alle Ebenen von ESG, also Ökologie ­(Environmental), Soziales (Social) und Unternehmensführung (Governance).

​​​​​​​“We increase the use of efficient and resource-saving procedures and technologies for future-oriented production processes.”

​​​​​​​“We expand the conscious and worthwhile use of energy from renewable sources.”

​​​​​​​“We offer a meaningful work environment that gives all employees the opportunity to make an active contribution.”

​​​​​​​“We consistently comply with all legal requirements and prepare for future standards and obligations in due time.”

​​​​​​​“We develop ­sustainable solutions at an early stage which meet the requirements of our customers, and strengthen our ­business relationships this way.”

​​​​​​​“We make an active ­contribution to the durability and ecological compatibility of our products.”

​​​​​​​“We strengthen our position in the financial market based on targeted activities and measures and thus promote our economic sustainability.”

​​​​​​​“We encourage our ­suppliers to follow our example and thus actively contribute to a sustainable product creation process.”

Resource conservation with a powerful lever

Terms like recyclability, energy efficiency and circular economy, which determine the strategic direction in many companies today, are particularly relevant for the POLYTEC GROUP: overall, the group’s locations processed approximately 64,000 tonnes of plastics and other materials in the 2022 financial year. Electricity consumption amounted to about 99 million kilowatt hours, and gas consumption to 62 million kilowatt hours. Given these dimensions alone, initiatives to enhance sustainability produce impressive results.

For example: at its locations in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands, ­POLYTEC procures electricity from renewable sources only. As a result of this measure, nearly 14,000 tonnes of CO2 can be saved per year. Or the new recycling plant in Ebensee, where the material of about 4 million logistics boxes can be recycled every year.


A tradition of resource conservation

Handling resources carefully is not a trend for the short term at POLYTEC, but has been embraced for many years. In the interest of cost efficiency, the company focuses on energy-efficient manufacturing technologies, systems, buildings and building engineering services at all its plants. On top of that, the company has to meet requirements of customers who increasingly make awarding contracts conditional on sustainable production. Sustainability is thus becoming a central element of a successful brand image. But for POLYTEC, acting sustainably in line with climate and environmental protection is also an elementary part of its self-image as a future-oriented company.


Sustainability that goes further

The POLYTEC GROUP further concretised its sustainability strategy in the 2022 financial year not least for those reasons. Under the title “Go Neutral 2035”, the company will completely convert its production to achieve carbon neutrality in the next twelve years. And POLYTEC will go even further: as part of the POLYTEC SOLUTION FORCE the group is pooling all its expertise in order to also optimise its products with a view to sustainability – from their development to production and long-term use.


The collection of sustainability data in the POLYTEC GROUP is not new. Customers have asked for sustainability data in tenders for many years. Such data has therefore been available at POLYTEC for a long time. However, maintenance of this data was transferred from the plant level to a central department as part of the ONE POLYTEC initiative in 2020. This makes the group’s sustainability reporting much more efficient and closes the last gaps in data collection.​​​​​​​


Definition of strategy fields …

Revised in 2022, the POLYTEC GROUP’s sustainability strategy now comprises eight strategy fields, which were derived from the group’s activities in analyses and workshops under the leadership of the new sustainability department and address POLYTEC’s most important fields of action in sustainability matters at all ESG levels. Consequently sustainability now goes far beyond ecology at POLYTEC and also focuses on the social and governance criteria.

In all eight strategy fields, the POLYTEC GROUP defined indicators and targets. To achieve these targets, the sustainability strategy has been incorporated into POLYTEC’s existing processes and systems and a new department for sustainability, which reports directly to the Board of Directors, has been established. Moreover, sustainability has also been integrated into the engineering activities of the POLYTEC GROUP to ensure that the company’s sustainability goals are given substantial consideration in every development project.

… and focus fields

In order to be able to achieve its overarching goal – carbon-neutral production by 2035 – POLYTEC will concentrate on three of the eight strategy fields in the coming years: People, Energy and Production. The group identified the main levers on the way to carbon neutrality in the fields of Energy and Production. Meanwhile, the focus field People is particularly important insofar as skilled workers with the right mindset, expertise and commitment are indispensable for the implementation of the necessary measures. POLYTEC subsequently developed a roadmap for these three focus fields featuring specific milestones to be passed before achieving complete carbon neutrality in 2035.



Focus field People

In the focus field People, initiatives have already been underway for several years. Given the current skilled labour shortage, they have become even more urgent in the short term. ­POLYTEC needs to become even more attractive as an employer, and employee retention, employee development and attracting new employees have been designated as focal points. In the medium to long term, POLYTEC aims to strengthen employees’ loyalty to the company, increase the health rate and reduce employee turnover. To realise these goals the company will implement a variety of measures in training and education, onboarding and offboarding, employee satisfaction and many more. In addition, POLYTEC deliberately encourages personal initiative and engagement of its employees. At sustainability workshops, for example, the company takes up employees’ ideas and implements them where possible.


Focus field Energy

In the focus field Energy, POLYTEC pursues long-term goals because the conversion to energy from renewable sources is not possible everywhere at this stage. In Austria, Germany and the Netherlands, production has already been switched to carbon-neutral electricity. At some locations, for example at the plant in South Africa, this is currently not possible due to a lack of supply. Nonetheless, the aim is to gradually increase the share of green energy in the energy mix of the ­POLYTEC GROUP. Concrete targets have been set: POLYTEC aims for a full conversion to completely carbon-neutral energy supply by 2030 in Europe and by 2035 worldwide. The company’s own power generation – for example through photovoltaic systems – and a significant reduction in energy consumption will contribute to achieving this goal.


Focus field Production

POLYTEC has also defined long-term goals for the focus field Production. This field concentrates on the areas of energy, operating materials and reusable materials, where POLYTEC primarily strives for more efficient use. In addition, measures to reduce energy consumption and to substitute natural gas as well as the conversion to operating materials with better ecological compatibility are on the agenda. While not all of this is currently feasible due to economic reasons, the overall situation is likely to change in the years to come, as the supply of alternative materials and energy is increasing.
But even today POLYTEC can point to a successful track record: energy has already been very successfully saved over the past years, for example by switching to LED lighting and by reduced heating. And in the 2022 financial year, gas consumption for steam production – steam is used for heating up pressing tools at POLYTEC – was lowered significantly. A project to cut gas consumption in the group’s paint shops is currently being implemented. POLYTEC aims to consistently pursue this line of approach in the coming years.

​​​​​​​The concentration on these three focal points does, in fact, not mean that the other strategy fields are less relevant. However, POLYTEC is convinced that the topics People, Energy and Production offer the best leverage for changes for the benefit of the environment, society and businesses in the short to medium term.  

Go Neutral 2035

POLYTEC’s pathway to decarbonisation





The 2022 financial year was not only marked by major strategic decisions in terms of sustainability at POLYTEC. Especially in the second half of the year, the company achieved massive savings thanks to a large-scale energy saving initiative while maintaining its operating performance constant.

​​​​​​​Overall, the group consequently consumed approximately 5 percent less electricity in the second half of the year than in the same period of the prior year, while gas consumption was even reduced by about 15 percent. Extra­polated to a full year, this corresponds to a decline by 2.6 million kilowatt hours in electricity consumption and a ­decrease by 6 million kilowatt hours for gas. These savings are equivalent to the electricity demand of nearly 900 average Austrian households and the gas demand of nearly 600 households.

This success not only has a positive impact on the footprint of the POLYTEC GROUP, but also helps to cushion the soaring energy costs considerably. And finally it also has an integrative effect – because achieving such high savings in such a short period of time was only possible thanks to excellent teamwork. As part of the energy saving initiative, all processes within the company were reviewed for their energy efficiency – an effort that required the creativity and engagement of every single employee.