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Our contributions and goals
for a green future

Our planet is a fragile ecosystem with a multitude of natural cycles, animals, plants – and us. We can only create a sustainable future by learning from nature. We must not take more than we can give back. To achieve this goal, we must protect natural cycles and close material cycles.

Humans and nature – in harmony?


The soil, water and air are important components of our ecosystem. But they are exposed to all manner of stress and pollution from human use. The increasing consumption of land has resulted in soil sealing in our landscape. The loss of natural topsoil results in the disappearance of a crucial habitat for biodiversity which is provided by plants, insects and microorganisms. The natural water cycle is interrupted. Precious tree populations and natural green spaces are disappearing. Furthermore, this impacts the quality of life due to heat, particulate matter and exhaust fumes in the air of our towns and cities, as well as artificial gray backdrops.

Our vision – A world with green cities, clean air, permeable soil, as well as groundwater of good quality. The temperature in cities is regulated as rainwater is absorbed and subsequently released, as if by a sponge. At the same time, this helps reduce flooding. Particulate matter and CO2 are absorbed and transformed by soil life, plants and trees. Green roofs, facades and parking spaces as well as the planting of trees fill our view with color. They provide us with quality of life and closeness to nature. Let us work together to create a green planet using sustainable products that integrate nature’s cycles instead of disrupting them. A better future – for our future generations
 

All linearity must come to an end – achieving a sustainable future with the circular economy


The mass production of plastics is causing unprecedented environmental pollution with far-reaching consequences. Our soils, rivers and oceans are being polluted. A large percentage of plastic waste is still being incinerated, releasing huge quantities of toxins and CO2 emissions.

Nature works in cycles. Hence, we need to design our material cycles to close the loop. Plastic can be recycled in many ways and with little energy input. Plastic can be a sustainable raw material if we recycle it responsibly and utilise it in a manner that conserves resources. The circular economy paves the way to a sustainable future. Our goal is to massively increase the recycling rate so that waste no longer needs to be incinerated, CO2 emissions fall and our oceans and inland waters are protected from plastic waste.

"Man needs nature, nature does not need man. Man is part of nature, he is not superior to it. Only when he comprehends this will he have a chance of survival."
Richard von Weizsäcker
 

How do we create
a balance between
man and nature?


We need innovations that not only solve problems, but also preserve the future for future generations. Such solutions only emerge when education, health and equality are provided to all, thereby making sustainability the core aspect behind every new idea.


What are the
UN Sustainable Development Goals?


The 2030 Agenda – In 2015, the global community, represented by the United Nations, committed to 17 specific goals for a sustainable future. A life of dignity is a right that should be made possible for everyone – but also the conservation of nature. The 2030 Agenda calls on everyone – from politicians to every single individual – to contribute to achieving the goals by 2030.
 
UN Sustainable Development Goals
UN Sustainable Development Goals
SDG 1: No Poverty
SDG 2: Zero Hunger
SDG 2: Zero Hunger
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 5: Gender Equality
SDG 5: Gender Equality
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG 7: Affordable and clean Energy
SDG 7: Affordable and clean Energy
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infratructure
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infratructure
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG 13: Climate Action
SDG 13: Climate Action
SDG 14: Life Below Water
SDG 14: Life Below Water
SDG 15: Life on Land
SDG 15: Life on Land
SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals
SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals
Further information on the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

www.bmz.de/de/agenda-2030

Our contribution to the
UN Sustainable Development Goals


SDG 13: Climate Action
SDG 13: Climate Action
Support for CO2 offsetting projects from 2021

Completely carbon-neutral by 2030:
Production, freight and distribution

TE® construction concept without soil sealing since 1997
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
TTE® soil grids made from 100% post-consumer recycled material (recycling bag/Green Dot)

PVC ground mats made from 100% post-consumer recycled material from end-of-life cables

Sustainable disposal made possible:
Cradle-to-cradle recycling of TTE®
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for TTE® (verification process): With EPDs, construction trades can specify an overall carbon footprint

Promotion of urban climate and microclimate and creation of green “sponge cities” with the soil sealing-free construction technology of the TTE® system
SDG 7: Affordable and clean Energy
SDG 7: Affordable and clean Energy
Switching of company cars to all-electric drive

Retrofitting of company parking lot with charging stations until 2025

100% green electricity at company headquarters in Holzgünz

PV system with approx. 55,000 kWh/year

Not all recycling is created equal


Did you know? In Germany, only about 8% of recycled material from municipal waste in recent years has a quality comparable to virgin plastic, and in total only about 16% is mechanically recycled (source: Plastikatlas 2019). The rest is difficult to turn into a new product due to inhomogeneity or incorrect packaging design or the degree of contamination. Hence, the bulk of our household plastic waste still ends up in incinerators or uncontrolled abroad.
HÜBNER-LEE and its customers are making a real contribution to environmental and climate protection on this issue. The TTE® grid is made precisely of these plastic fractions that are difficult to recycle. Know-how and ultra-modern plants make such a recycling process possible. In 2020 alone, the manufacturing of TTE® resulted in the recycling of 11,900 metric tons of household plastic waste (the equivalent of over 5.9 million recycling bags).
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infratructure
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infratructure
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

TTE® closes the loop

When TTE® reaches the end of its life, it is simultaneously back at the beginning of the next one, as it can be returned to the product cycle for recycling.
We close the material loop instead of sending the valuable raw material to incineration plants – the worst-case scenario. Our customers have the option of choosing the HÜBNER-LEE method at comparable disposal prices. We pick up the goods at the construction site and ensure that the old grids are actually turned into new ones. Closed-loop recycling offers the highest recycling rates, lowest CO2 emissions and a closed material cycle.

Social commitment

We not only develop sustainable products and concepts, but also support various charitable organisations. We are convinced that sustainability can only be built on the foundation of education, equality and health.
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SDG 1: No Poverty
SDG 1: No Poverty
SDG 2: Zero Hunger
SDG 2: Zero Hunger
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 5: Gender Equality
SDG 5: Gender Equality
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals
SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals

3 measures to address our waste and microplastic issues

Life on land and underwater is under threat by our waste. High waste incineration rates drive climate change with CO2 emissions. In addition, a high volume of waste is being exported to poor countries. This waste is examined there one last time for usable materials, often by hand. A large portion of it is deposited in open landfills or in the countryside.
SDG 15: Life on Land
SDG 15: Life on Land
SDG 14: Life Below Water
SDG 14: Life Below Water
The way we manage waste has a huge impact on our natural environment. The following 3 principles are necessary for a clean world
 

Reduce

A paradigm shift is already taking place. Manufacturers and/or legislators have already eliminated unnecessary plastic products such as disposable cutlery and cotton swabs in many countries. Manufacturers are taking the initiative to switch to products which do not contain microplastics or to renewable raw materials.
 

Re-use

Products are reaching the end of their useful lives faster and faster. This generates enormous quantities of waste. With a long life span and the possibility of repair and reuse.
 

Recycle

If every person were to diligently separate their waste, we could close the cycle. Since 1997, our solid TTE® soil grids have been manufactured from the food packaging, yogurt pots and other plastic waste you dispose of in the recycling bag. From 1997 to 2020, this equates to over 60 million recycling bags.

Let us work together to contribute to the UN goals and look forward to a green future.
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