PET and sustainability – a contradiction in terms?

Sustainability report for 2015/2016

Commitment to sustainability through innovation

KHS has been a pioneer in innovative filling and packaging systems for the beverage and food industries for almost 150 years. We thus always think one step ahead – especially where sustainability is concerned. At the moment PET systems are very much in demand. They are also increasingly the subject of public criticism. This is thus another reason for us to focus on this topic in our report and illustrate how we can contribute to more sustainability for this container system with our various developments.

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Sustainable corporate management

As a global company we would like to take on a pioneering role – also and especially regarding sustainability. Our aim is to take a holistic view of resource efficiency, to understand how various elements correlate and to develop future-proof systems for the challenges of tomorrow.

Sustainability at KHS in figures




fewer CO2 emissions through green electricity


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Container ecocheck

What effort is actually involved in the production, transportation and disposal of different types of packaging and which individual benefits do they have regarding product protection, handling and waste disposal? Why not find out for yourself? Read on for information about the ecobalance and various other important sustainable properties of glass and PET containers and cans.

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Sustainability highlights 2015/2016

There are many challenges still facing us yet the success we have had to date shows us that we are on the right track. We have already established many pioneering milestones on the market, with select awards endorsing our actions and policies.

June 2015

Award-winningly innovative

In 2015 we had the great honor of being named one of the most innovative companies in Germany. At the German SME Summit we were presented with the Top 100 Award for our successful innovation management. This award pays homage to the great importance we attach to innovative ideas and developments – and here particularly from initial employee development to the launch of the matured product to market.

November 2015

German Design Award honors sustainability

KHS subsidiary NMP Systems wins the 2016 German Design Award for outstanding communication design and sustainable packaging for its Nature MultiPack™ und Direct Print Powered by KHS™ packaging systems.

January 2016

Switch to green electricity

Since 2016 the entire KHS Group has been using only hydroelectric power at all of its German production sites. This enabled us to cut our CO2 emissions by around 9,000 metric tons in 2016. This significant reduction also has a positive impact on the carbon footprint left by products manufactured by KHS GmbH.

September 2016

Sustainable mobility

In 2016 we were distinguished by German minister for the environment Barbara Hendriks for our participation in the Mobil.Pro.Fit sustainability campaign. Through intensive networking of the various participating companies this nationwide project devises measures on site and at numerous workshops designed to come up with efficient and environmentally-friendly mobility concepts for company employees.

October 2016

Line optimization winner

At the 2016 Enterprise Mobility Summit KHS won a prize in the Business Process Mobilization category for its successful digitization of processes during line optimization. Through detailed data acquisition and analysis we identify all potential areas for improvement on KHS lines.

November 2016

Management expertise ensured

In 2016 we set down the terms governing the development of our managerial staff in our Fit4Leadership program which is based on Salzgitter AG’s Forward Program. The advanced training courses cover various interdisciplinary topics, such as basic leadership, communication, change management, leadership at KHS, internationality and strategy.

The milestones we have already achieved and awards we have won to date only illustrate some of the areas of our commitment to the issues of sustainability. What constantly drives us is the will to continue to heighten our awareness for sustainability at all levels, thus paving the way for further innovation. We will meet this requirement in many different ways. In our second sustainability report we give a detailed insight into our activities regarding strategy and corporate management, social commitment, ecological awareness and economic responsibility.

Strategy and corporate management Social commitment Ecological awareness Economic responsibility