As one of the leading fruit juice producers in Europe, we assume responsibility and are committed to the environment. We see nature as our most important resource, which is why we as a company are actively working to act in a sustainable manner. Through the economical use of resources, energy-efficient technologies and short logistical paths, we want to further reduce our ecological footprint and preserve our nature for ourselves and future generations.
Our carton packs are now even better for the environment: The new "PlantBased" TetraPak consists of 83% plant-based raw materials. In addition to the 70% cardboard that was already renewable so far, there is now 13% plastic from plant sources. And that's 19% better for the climate. In this way, we save more than 1,000 tons of plastic from petroleum and more than 2,000 tons of CO2.
At Rauch, we don't just pay attention to inner values, but also to the packaging. That's why we offer the first juice and tea in 100% recycled PET bottles. As a founding member of the PET2PET organisation, we have continued to develop our sustainability strategy and were able to increase our recyclate content further and further. Up to now, the proportion of rePET (recycled PET) has been up to 50%. From now on our Rauch Juice Bar products appear in fully recycled and recyclable bottles - a significant step for the environment! In the next few years we would like to increase the rePET share also of our other brands to 100%.
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) is considered the most reliable, internationally recognized organization for safeguarding important environmental and social standards of our forests. The label provides assurance that all FSC® standards have been met from the extraction of raw materials to the final product to ensure sustainable management of the forest. As a partner of the FSC, we are very pleased to make an important contribution to responsible forest management with all our 100% FSC-certified beverage packaging, thus making today's forests fit for the future.
Our partners are close to us. This allows us to produce and to fill our products at the same location. Thanks to the short distances, we save up to 10,000 truck loads in total. Due to this careful use of valuable resources, wall-to-wall production is extremely efficient and environmentally friendly.
Many of our plants border on their own sidings. In this way, we can transport goods from door to door, supply our partners quickly and in an environmentally friendly manner. Especially for large quantities, freight transport is considered the most efficient and sustainable option. Although we now deliver our products to more than 100 countries, the share of our rail freight traffic is almost 50%.
High-quality drinking water is the most important resource for beverage production. Accordingly, we handle it with care. Our groundwater is regularly checked and permanently monitored. An annual hydrological report documents and checks that the natural ecosystems around the production sites are not impaired. We also ensure that this valuable resource is used sparingly. In our plants and machines, we recycle the water by reusing the water already used for the process (e.g. as cooling water) several times before it is replaced by fresh water. The wastewater produced is purified in the company's own wastewater treatment plants before it is returned to a lake. This system ensures that the surrounding ecosystems are not adversely affected.
We can produce biogas with the help of our own wastewater treatment plants. This produces valuable energy that can save us 10% of our gas consumption. Biogas extraction from sewage sludge or waste water is particularly sustainable, as renewable raw materials can be used, CO2 emissions reduced and fossil fuels saved.
Transparency and frequent exchange with all our stakeholders are important for us to manage our impacts on the environment, people, and economy. For this reason, we publish a voluntary sustainability report, which discloses our commitment, activities, and performance in all sustainability areas. The Rauch sustainability report 2021 is now available in English.