Protecting the environment with CO2 certified Geberit ceramics | Geberit

Protecting the environment with Geberit ceramics

Geberit is now supporting a forest protection project of the Swiss myclimate foundation in Tanzania. With this voluntary contribution, the company offsets the unavoidable CO² emissions that arise during ceramic production. All ceramic products in the Geberit ONE, Acanto, Xeno2, iCon, Smyle and VariForm bathroom series will be included in this initiative from the beginning of 2023.

Geberit stands for a high level of environmental awareness. The company has committed itself to resource-conserving and environmentally conscious production.
The production of sanitary ceramics is resource and energy intensive. Both the procurement of raw materials and the production and transport of the ceramics generate CO² emissions. Through technological innovations, Geberit is able to continuously reduce CO² emissions in ceramic production. Geberit assumes responsibility for the unavoidable emissions that arise in the value chain. Geberit voluntarily supports a forest protection project of the Swiss foundation myclimate, which reduces CO² emissions in Tanzania, by purchasing CO² certificates.

What are voluntary CO2 certificates?

CO2 logo (© Geberit)

For the climate, it is not important where exactly the CO² emissions are produced or avoided. Therefore, emissions that are produced in one place can be offset by saving them in another place. This compensation takes place through so-called CO² certificates. Their basis is a transparent and verifiable calculation of the actual quantities of CO² emitted by a product or service.

Geberit is committed to forests and people in Tanzania

Forest in Tanzania – myclimate (© Geberit)

Forests store CO² efficiently. At the same time, they ensure stable groundwater resources and biodiversity. This is why Geberit is committed to forest protection in the Yaeda Valley in Tanzania. Here, primary forests cover an area of 34,000 hectares. They are home to numerous species-protected animals such as lions, cheetahs and leopards, elephants, giraffes, zebras and gazelles. Illegal logging and poaching, however, are taking their toll on the forests and the animals living there.

The Yaeda Valley is also home to the Hadza and Datooga communities. Their traditional way of life as guardians of the forest is also threatened by advancing agriculture and intensive livestock farming. Together with the myclimate foundation, Geberit supports both the preservation of the forest and the people who live in its surroundings. 12 communities in the Yaeda Valley receive financial support and assistance in legal matters in order to effectively prevent illegal land use and poaching. They form patrol teams and increase monitoring of the area. Thanks to training in forestry and agro-ecological methods, the local population can manage the forest sustainably. The funds from the CO² certificates acquired will be also used for medical care for the local population.

In this way, the project protects the forest stands and improves the living conditions of the local population.

myclimate: Geberit partner

myclimate – logo (© Geberit)

myclimate is a non-profit foundation for comprehensive carbon offset solutions. Among other things, the organisation supports and develops its own carbon offset projects according to the highest quality standards (Plan Vivo, Gold Standard, VCS (incl. CBB or SD-VISta)).

The CO² emissions of Geberit sanitary ceramics are transparently calculated and verifiably recorded in a publicly accessible environmental product declaration (EPD)  (303 KB).

Further information on the forest protection project can be found and on the CO2 certificates  (171 KB).