Genuine responsibility.

Under the title “Go Neutral 2035”, the POLYTEC GROUP is ­pursuing a stringent and measureable decarbonisation path.
It is an integral part of the corporate strategy, which covers environmental sustainability targets as well as social and ­governance aspects.

The plastics that POLYTEC works with are made from fossil resources. Their processing requires considerable amounts of resources and energy. For cost reasons alone, POLYTEC has made a point of using them carefully for many years. In addition, the awareness of the responsibility that POLYTEC has for maintaining a world worth living in for future generations is deeply rooted within the company. This fundamental approach is reflected in energy-efficient production technologies and processes, equipment, buildings and technical facilities of the group.

Viewed from a different perspective, plastic also holds great potential in terms of sustainability. Produced and used responsibly, it has clear advantages compared to other materials. It is versatile in application, light, durable and reusable. In vehicles, for example, components made by POLYTEC reduce the weight of the vehicle and consequently provide for lower energy consumption in operation. When it comes to recycling, POLYTEC demonstrates how the material of discarded logistics boxes and be reused efficiently at its location in Ebensee.

No future without sustainability

Aspects of sustainability have long also become central sales arguments in market development activities. More and more frequently, sustainability ­criteria and data play a key role when contracts are awarded. Not least because of that, forward-looking, environmentally conscious and prudent actions along the entire value chain are a fundamental part of POLYTEC’s self-image as a future-oriented company. With its Code of Conduct, ­POLYTEC requires from its suppliers the same high standards for human and environmental rights and for ensuring fair competition that the company also sets for itself.

Integrated sustainability strategy

Since 2022, the POLYTEC GROUP’s sustainability strategy has been a central part of the overarching corporate strategy and all processes and systems in the company. Its eight strategy fields address POLYTEC’s main fields of action in terms of sustainability at all ESG levels (environmental, social and governance). Moreover, the POLYTEC GROUP has defined indicators and targets for all eight strategy fields. The Corporate Sustainability department is responsible for implementing measures and reporting on achieved targets and KPIs (key performance indicators). A conscious effort was also made to integrate sustainability into the engineering activities of the ­POLYTEC GROUP to ensure that the company’s sustainability targets are already taken into account to a significant extent in development projects.

POLYTEC's Pathway to decarbonisation

Carbon neutrality as a central goal

POLYTEC has defined achieving carbon neutrality in production by 2035 as one of the key overarching goals, and is concentrating on the three focus fields People, Energy and Production. In the focus fields Energy and Production, the group identified the main lever on the way to carbon neutrality, while the focus field People is particularly important insofar as skilled workers with the right mindset, know-how and commitment are indispensable for the implementation of the necessary measures. Specific milestones have to be passed along a decarbonisation path in the coming years until carbon neutrality is reached. However, intact supply chains and geopolitical stability are fundamental requirements to achieve this goal. If and to what extent such external factors can impact the POLYTEC GROUP’s ambitious goals cannot be assessed at present.

In the 2023 financial year, the group’s CO2 emissions rose slightly. On the one hand, this increase is attributable to the improved order situation. Above all, however, a change in the energy mix at the British plants contributed to an increase in emissions. However, effective energy measures helped to significantly mitigate the increase.


Focus field People

In the focus field People, initiatives that are steadily gaining importance in view of the current shortage of skilled labour have been running for several years. The objective is to position POLYTEC as an even more attractive employer. The key measures taken are employee retention, employee development and winning new employees. In the medium and long term, POLYTEC aims to strengthen its team’s loyalty to the company, promote the health of its workforce and reduce ­employee turnover. These objectives will be implemented based on a number of measures in the areas of training and education, onboarding and offboarding, employee satisfaction and many more. POLYTEC also consciously promotes its employees’ personal initiative and commitment.

Focus field Energy

In the focus field Energy POLYTEC pursues longer-term goals, as the conversion to energy from renewable sources is not yet possible everywhere at this stage. In Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, production has already been switched to carbon-neutral electricity. At some locations, for example at the plant in South Africa, this is not yet possible due to a lack of supply. Nevertheless, the aim is to further increase the share of green energy in the POLYTEC GROUP’s energy mix. 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 – 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 technological and economic reasons, momentum should also build in this area in the years to come, as the supply of alternative materials and energy from renewable sources is increasing.

The concentration on these three focal fields does not mean that ­POLYTEC considers the other strategy fields to be less relevant. However, the ­company is convinced that the topics People, Energy and Production offer the best potential for changes in the interests of the environment, society and businesses in the short to medium term.

Strategy fields and SDGs

In the 2023 financial year, the ­POLYTEC GROUP linked five of its sustainability strategy fields to the corresponding UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs define targets to secure a world worth living in for future generations through responsible business operations, not least against the backdrop of threatening risks caused by climate change. POLYTEC is deliberately focusing on those strategy fields where it can take measures going beyond compliance with legal regulations in its contributions to achieving the SDGs.

Affordable and clean energy

POLYTEC is massively expanding its own photovoltaic electricity production at several locations in broad-based initiatives and is continuously ­increasing energy efficiency in production. With these measures, ­POLYTEC actively supports increasing the share of energy from renewable sources in the global energy mix and its contribution to global energy efficiency.

Decent work and economic growth

POLYTEC creates attractive workplaces for all its employees through a variety of personnel measures. A Code of Conduct, which is applicable across the group, sets the standards designed to contribute to a positive working environment. POLYTEC defines its principles for the creation of decent work in the supply chain in its Supplier Code of Conduct.

Reduced inequalities

The POLYTEC Code of Conduct ensures that all employees of the ­company are treated equally, regardless of age, gender, disability, ethnicity, origin, religion, or economic or any other status, and have the same opportunities in the company. This applies in particular to the hiring process.

Responsible consumption and production

In production, POLYTEC aims to reduce material scrap and to increasingly use recyclates. Designated recycling projects have been implemented to return materials to the production cycle with the objective to promote a change towards sustainable consumption and production patterns.

As part of health, safety and environment measures and comprehensive hazardous materials management, POLYTEC ensures, in compliance with applicable standards, that hazardous materials do not end up in the environment, where they can cause damage to people or nature. The company aims to significantly reduce its raw material consumption and further promote material recycling in the coming years.

Peace, justice and strong institutions

The Code of Conduct for employees sets out clear rules to prevent corruption. These rules are binding without exception. Violations or suspected violations of the Code can be reported anonymously via a whistleblower platform, which can also be used by third parties.

POLYTEC is currently working on expanding its sustainability reporting. This includes, among other things, the automation of data collection and digitalisation of internal reporting.