11. Usage of Natural Resources

The company discloses the extent to which natural resources are used for the company’s business activities. Possible options here are materials, the input and output of water, soil, waste, energy, land and biodiversity as well as emissions for the life cycles of products and services.

Material efficiency at Werner & Mertz
At its Mainz and Hallein sites the Werner & Mertz Group relies on plant-based materials in all raw material areas. To promote biodiversity, the Group uses surfactants and soaps that come from a variety of plants such as rapeseed, sunflowers, olives and flax. Surfactants and soaps made with European vegetable oils are becoming more important. Other raw materials, like organic acids, solvents and thickening agents from natural resources are used for our products. Some of the raw materials, e.g., bio ethanol, lactic acid, citric acid and xanthan gun, are produced from the fermentation of vegetable oils such as rapeseed oil, corn and wheat and sugars. When waxes are used, natural resources such as beeswax and carnauba wax are tapped. In general, the input quantities of additives, raw and working materials and the changes to the individual materials depend on the range (article mix) of products manufactured.


Werner & Mertz uses the following measurable means to reduce the use of natural resources at both sites:

Water and Wastewater at the Sites                      
Environmental performance figures for the use of water and wastewater at the Mainz site are on pages 30 and 31 in the Environmental Statement 2020.

Water at the Hallein site is drawn from the company's own well and from the municipal water supply network. A large portion of the treated water flows into the manufacturing of our products. Since the beginning of 2006, we have tapped our on-site well for up to 80 cubic meters of water per day, which we demineralize for production. We also take 15 cubic meters of water from the well every day for cooling purposes. Because the water does not come into contact with products or other operating materials, it remains uncontaminated and flows into the Salzach. Groundwater abstraction helps to lower the naturally high groundwater level in the Neualm district.  

From the production buildings, the water used mainly for cleaning purposes is treated and then directed to the Greater Salzburg Conservation Association water treatment plant. The increase in water use since 2016 is attributed to the more complex cleaning and rinsing cycles in the shoe polish manufacturing and filling processes as more frequent material change-overs are required for these products. These measures ensure that the product quality remains the same at the production site.

Figures and Units of Measure for Use of Natural Resources  
For the Mainz site the units of measure and concrete figures are reported on pages 35-36 of the Environmental Statement 2020. They provide information about the quantities of key natural resources used for business activities. 

The units of measure and figures for the Hallein site are:

Core Indicators in the year 2019   2016   2017   2018   2019   Comments
1. Material Efficiency
Total of all raw materials, additives and operating supplies: 2,039 t
0.235 t/t
0.057 t/*
1,915 t
0.248 t/t
0.054 t/*
2,271 t
0.22 t/t

0.058 t/*
2,470 t
0.232 t/t
0.06 t/*
 
2. Water
Total annual water consumption: 13,445 m3/t 1.551 m3/t 0.378 m3/* 17,281 m3/t 2.239 m3/t 0.487 m3/* 24,599 m3/t
2.38 m
3/t
0.63 m3/*
23,201 m3/t
2.18 m
3/t
0.59 m3/*
 
3. Biological Diversity
Use of land in m2 of sealed area:  6,617 m2 0.763 m2/t 0.186 m2/* 6,617 m2
0.763  m2/t
0.186  m2/*
 6,617 m2 0.641  m2/t 0.170 m2/t  6,617 m2
0.641  m2/t
0.170 m2/t
Portion of sealed area to entire property site:    
2016, 2017, 2018,
2019 = 50%

12. Resource Management

The company discloses what qualitative and quantitative goals it has set itself with regard to its resource efficiency, in particular its use of renewables, the increase in raw material productivity and the reduction in the usage of ecosystem services, which measures and strategies it is pursuing to this end, how these are or will be achieved, and where it sees there to be risks.

To ensure continuous improvement of our environmental performance, we have set measurable environmental and energy goals for our Mainz and Hallein (Austria) sites for the year 2020. Every company at the Mainz site devises measures to achieve those goals. For the Mainz site a list and description of the goals, measures and the extent to which the goals have been achieved are in the Environmental Statement 2020 (pp. 41-46).  

The goals, measures and progress status for the Hallein site are in the following table:

Company Type of Goal Goal Implementation Status
 W&M Holding GmbH Environmental Conserve 15% of bottled water in glass  No more orders to be placed for bottles of non-aerated water. Orders will still be placed for carbonated water in glass bottles. Remaining inventory will be used up
W&M Holding GmbH Environmental Dispense with 100% juices in glass bottles No more orders for juices in glass bottles; no replacement. The remaining Pago bottles will be recycled.  
W&M Holding GmbH Energy Reduce energy use (heating) by 2% over previous year   Raise employees' awareness, set down measures to be taken. In process
Werner & Mertz Professional Vertriebs  GmbH Environmental Increase share of green care products to  20%  of entire portfolio   Conversion of entire portfolio In process
Werner & Mertz Professional Vertriebs GmbH Energy Reduce fuel consumption by sales field representatives by 1% over previous year   Conduct ECO Driver training for sales reps. Scheduling for driver training to be coordinated.
Werner & Mertz Professional Vertriebs GmbH Energy Reduce energy consumption (heating) by 2% over previous year   Raise employees' awareness, set down measures to be taken. Investigate consumption  
Erdal GmbH Environmental Decrease the amount of print subscriptions by 10% over previous year.   The usefulness of print subscriptions will be checked  and, if possible, converted to digital subscriptions.    Create a list of subscriptions
Erdal GmbH Environmental Reduce the amount of printouts by 5% over previous year. Make employees aware of potential   savings Investigate consumption
Erdal GmbH Energy Reduce energy use (heating) by 2% over previous year. Raise employees' awareness, set down measures to be taken. Investigate consumption
Werner & Mertz GmbH & Co.KG Environmental Reduce truck transport of 1,350 km for disposal of wastewater by installing a new wastewater treatment facility in Hallein   120 tons of wastewater resulting from shoe polish production will be directed to the new wastewater facility and will no long be trucked 270 km to Wilhelmsburg for disposal. In process (Installation of wastewater facility at end of June 2020)

Reference was made to the direct and indirect environmental impact and the associated risks in Criteria 10.

Key Performance Indicators to criteria 11 to 12

Key Performance Indicator GRI SRS-301-1: Materials used
The reporting organization shall report the following information:

a. Total weight or volume of materials that are used to produce and package the organization’s primary products and services during the reporting period, by:
i. non-renewable materials used;
ii. renewable materials used.

Total weight or volume of materials that are used to produce and package the organization's primary products and services during the reporting period    (= year 2019)
Used raw materials Mainz: 33,878 tons   Hallein: 2,470 tons
Used packaging material Mainz: 11,918.25 tons Hallein: 628.59 tons

Key Performance Indicator GRI SRS-302-1: Energy consumption
The reporting organization shall report the following information:

a. Total fuel consumption within the organization from non-renewable sources, in joules or multiples, and including fuel types used.

b. Total fuel consumption within the organization from renewable sources, in joules or multiples, and including fuel types used.

c. In joules, watt-hours or multiples, the total:
i. electricity consumption
ii. heating consumption
iii. cooling consumption
iv. steam consumption

d. In joules, watt-hours or multiples, the total:
i. electricity sold
ii. heating sold
iii. cooling sold
iv. steam sold

e. Total energy consumption within the organization, in joules or multiples.

f. Standards, methodologies, assumptions, and/or calculation tools used.

g. Source of the conversion factors used.

Total fuel consumption within the organization in joules or multiples, including fuel types used  
Fuels from non-renewable sources  
Natural gas Mainz: 8,661,333,600 kJ Hallein: 5,451,973,200 kJ


Total Consumption of:
Total energy Mainz: 17,701,840 kWh Hallein: 2,558,437 kWh
Electricity Mainz: 8,503,560 kWh Hallein: 1,044,000 kWh
Heating Mainz (district heating): 6,792,354 kWh
Cooling ­
Steam Mainz: 2,405,926 kWh
The natural gas used at the Mainz site goes completely (100%) into generating steam.

The Werner & Mertz Group does not sell energy to third parties.   

Key Performance Indicator GRI SRS-302-4: Reduction of energy consumption
The reporting organization shall report the following information:

a. Amount of reductions in energy consumption achieved as a direct result of conservation and efficiency initiatives, in joules or multiples.

b. Types of energy included in the reductions; whether fuel, electricity, heating, cooling, steam, or all.

c. Basis for calculating reductions in energy consumption, such as base year or baseline, including the rationale for choosing it.

d. Standards, methodologies, assumptions, and/or calculation tools used.

Amount of reduction in energy consumption achieved as a direct result of conservation and efficiency initiatives:   
Reduction of energy consumption 8.911 kWh
In the types of energies included: Electricity
Conservation of 8,911 kWh electricity in building L1 on the factory premises in Mainz. This was achieved by replacing the lighting system with LED lighting in the production halls.

Key Performance Indicator GRI SRS-303-3: Water withdrawal
The reporting organization shall report the following information:

a. Total water withdrawal from all areas in megaliters, and a breakdown of this total by the following sources, if applicable:
i. Surface water;
ii. Groundwater;
iii. Seawater;
iv. Produced water;
v. Third-party water.

b. Total water withdrawal from all areas with water stress in megaliters, and a breakdown of this total by the following sources, if applicable:
i. Surface water;
ii. Groundwater;
iii. Seawater;
iv. Produced water;
v. Third-party water, and a breakdown of this total by the withdrawal sources listed in i-iv.

c. A breakdown of total water withdrawal from each of the sources listed in Disclosures 303-3-a and 303-3-b in megaliters by the following categories:
i. Freshwater (≤1,000 mg/L Total Dissolved Solids);
ii. Other water (>1,000 mg/L Total Dissolved Solids).

d. Any contextual information necessary to understand how the data have been compiled, such as any standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.

Criterion Available Information
Total volume of recovered and reused water   Mainz: 114,663 m3
Total volume of recovered and reused water as a percentage of the total water withdrawal   Mainz: 30.82% of total water consumption at Mainz site
At the Mainz site, water from the company's own well is used in the geothermal system for the administration building K8.  Of the uncontaminated water used in the geothermal system, the major portion is utilized to obtain demineralized water for use in Production. The remaining portion is directed into the Rhine via a Venturi flume.

Key Performance Indicator GRI SRS-306-2: Waste
The reporting organization shall report the following information:

a. Total weight of hazardous waste, with a breakdown by the following disposal methods where applicable:
i. Reuse
ii. Recycling
iii. Composting
iv. Recovery, including energy recovery
v. Incineration (mass burn)
vi. Deep well injection
vii. Landfill
viii. On-site storage
ix. Other (to be specified by the organization)

b. Total weight of non-hazardous waste, with a breakdown by the following disposal methods where applicable:
i. Reuse
ii. Recycling
iii. Composting
iv. Recovery, including energy recovery
v. Incineration (mass burn)
vi. Deep well injection
vii. Landfill
iii. On-site storage
ix. Other (to be specified by the organization)

c. How the waste disposal method has been determined:
i. Disposed of directly by the organization, or otherwise directly confirmed
ii. Information provided by the waste disposal contractor
iii. Organizational defaults of the waste disposal contractor

Waste Volume at Mainz Site 2019
2,694 t Total Waste
Non-hazardous waste – household-like waste – (Residual waste, recyclables, …)
127 t Mixed packaging (residual waste)
547 t Cardboard and paper
129 t Labels, backing paper
68 t Wood waste
41 t Plastic sheeting
18 t Construction waste
3 t Green waste
Waste requiring special monitoring
1.161 t Filter cakes
  63 t Aqueous washing liquids and mother liquor (marble powder)
Hazardous Waste
  330 t Other organic solvents, watery washing fluid and   mother liquor***
  8 t Other organic solvents, aqueous washing liquids and   mother liquor (products)
103 t Surfactants, chemical reaction and distillation residues
2 t Pickling solutions, alkaline
7 t Acids, inorganic
87 t Surfactants


Waste Volume at Hallein Site 2019
412.035 kg Total waste
0 kg Portion of hazardous waste
Large Waste Fractions
62.230 kg Residual waste
121.950 kg Cardboard and paper
33.675 kg Wooden pallets
10.400 kg PE sheeting
0 kg PE containers + drums
540 kg Data protection paper
6.500 kg Hollow plastic articles
22.040 kg Production waste
  28.620 kg Mixing trays + metal drums
5.020 kg Glass
7.200 kg Green waste
  113.860 kg Wastewater shoe polish production

13. Climate-Relevant Emissions

The company discloses the GHG emissions in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol or standards based on it and states the goals it has set itself to reduce emissions, as well as its results thus far.

Carbon dioxide is emitted at our sites only when natural gas is burned in our own boiler building to generate heating and process energy. Since 2014 we have compensated for our CO2 emissions from natural gas. An energy management system has been installed in each site, energy consumption has been evaluated in detail, and action plans for energy management have been worked out and integrated in our Environmental Program. Precise information on the emissions and developments of recent years at our Mainz site is in the current Environmental Statement 2020 (pages 27-28 and 37).  

The environmental and energy goals, measures and progress to the goals for the Mainz site were covered in Criterion 12. More information about the Mainz site can be found in the Environmental Statement 2020 (pp. 41-46).

Electricity and natural gas are the major energy sources in use at our Hallein site. We obtain electricity from the local provider Salzburg AG, whose supply mix has come from only regenerative sources since 2014. About 30 percent of power consumption is attributed to manufacturing, bottle filling and packaging systems in Production. Other main consumers are compressed air supplies and lighting. Since 2015 additional electricity use has resulted from extensive reconstruction and the relocation of production facilities. At the Hallein site, there are no emissions related to the use of heating fuels. Thermal energy is generated for production processes in which new and primary materials are heated. Steam generators use natural gas to heat water and product steam, which is connected to the processes through a pipeline. In light of the use of eco-electricity and certified climate-neutral natural gas, no emissions were recorded for the Hallein site in 2019.  


We use invoices, measurements and other data as the basis for our emissions calculations. All invoices from energy providers and our own measurements also go into our emissions observations. At this time we do not report our CO2 emissions in relation to specific reference values.

Key Performance Indicators to criteria 13

Key Performance Indicator GRI SRS-305-1: Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions
The reporting organization shall report the following information:

a. Gross direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent.

b. Gases included in the calculation; whether CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, SF6, NF3 or all.

c. Biogenic CO2 emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent.

d. Base year for the calculation, if applicable, including:
i. the rationale for choosing it;
ii. emissions in the base year;
iii. the context for any significant changes in emissions that triggered recalculations of base year emissions.

e. Source of the emission factors and the global warming potential (GWP) rates used, or a reference to the GWP source.

f. Consolidation approach for emissions; whether equity share, financial control, or operational control.

g. Standards, methodologies, assumptions, and/or calculation tools used.

Criterion Available Information
Gross direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent. Mainz: 483,591 t natural gas + 0.35 t CO2e NOX + 0.016 t CO2e SO2 Hallein: 296,163 t    natural gas
Gases included in the calculation: CO2, CH4, N2O, FKW, PFKW, SF6, NF3 or all CO2, NOX, SO2, refrigerant (e.g., R134a)
Biogenic CO2  emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent 0
Information about Base Year for the Calculation:
Base year chosen 2019
Rationale for choice of base year Annual data capture to satisfy EMAS requirements
Emissions in    base year See above
 
Source of the emission factors and the Global Warming Potential (GWP) rates used, or a reference to the GWP source.   Source: Umweltbundesamt: CO2 Emission Factors for Fossil Fuels (2016) [https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/en/publikationen/co2-emission-factors-for-fossil-fuels]
Information about the standards, methodologies, assumptions and/or calculation tools used:   For general data: data from the UBA (German Environment Agency), Gemis database,  data from Deutscher Wetterdienst (German Meteorological Service), data from energy providers and authorities. Applied standards: ISO 14001, 50001, 9001, EMAS Regulation. The software Quentic was used to capture and calculate environmental data. For energy management matters, the software eGem was used.

Key Performance Indicator GRI SRS-305-2: Energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions
The reporting organization shall report the following information:

a. Gross location-based energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent.

b. If applicable, gross market-based energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent.

c. If available, the gases included in the calculation; whether CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, SF6, NF3, or all.

d. Base year for the calculation, if applicable, including:
i. the rationale for choosing it;
ii. emissions in the base year;
iii. the context for any significant changes in emissions that triggered recalculations of base year emissions.

e. Source of the emission factors and the global warming potential (GWP) rates used, or a reference to the GWP source.

f. Consolidation approach for emissions; whether equity share, financial control, or operational control.

g. Standards, methodologies, assumptions, and/or calculation tools used.

Criterion Available Information
Gross direct (Scope 2) GHG emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent. 556,973 (emissions from use of district heating in Mainz in 2019)  
If applicable, gross market-based energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent. No information available.
If available, the gases included in the calculation:  CO2 , CH4 , N2O, FKW, PFKW, SF6 , NF3 or all CO2
Information about Base Year for the Calculation:
Base year chosen   2019
Rationale for choosing base year Annual data capture to satisfy EMAS requirements
Emissions in base year see above
 
Source of the emission factors and the Global Warming Potential (GWP) rates used, or a reference to the GWP source.            Source: Mainz district heating: Certificate of energy performance of district heating in accordance with FW 309­1, 2014­05 [https://www.mainzer­ fernwaerme.de/assets/pdf/gutachten_primaerenergiefaktor.pdf]
The official documents of the energy provider were used for the calculation.

Key Performance Indicator GRI SRS-305-3: Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions
The reporting organization shall report the following information:

a. Gross other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent.

b. If available, the gases included in the calculation; whether CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, SF6, NF3, or all.

c. Biogenic CO2 emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent.

d. Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions categories and activities included in the calculation.

e. Base year for the calculation, if applicable, including:
i. the rationale for choosing it;
ii. emissions in the base year;
iii. the context for any significant changes in emissions that triggered recalculations of base year emissions.

f. Source of the emission factors and the global warming potential (GWP) rates used, or a reference to the GWP source.

g. Standards, methodologies, assumptions, and/or calculation tools used.

Scope 3 emissions at the this time were captured only in part, for example, emissions related to business flights and logistics service providers. Precise data, which show all emissions are not captured at this time.

Key Performance Indicator GRI SRS-305-5: Reduction of GHG emissions
The reporting organization shall report the following information:

a. GHG emissions reduced as a direct result of reduction initiatives, in metric tons of CO2 equivalent.

b. Gases included in the calculation; whether CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, SF6, NF3, or all.

c. Base year or baseline, including the rationale for choosing it.

d. Scopes in which reductions took place; whether direct (Scope 1), energy indirect (Scope 2), and/or other indirect (Scope 3).

e. Standards, methodologies, assumptions, and/or calculation tools used.

At this time no data are captured on reducing GHG emissions which are the direct result of reduction initiatives.