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Resource conservation and climate protection

Interzero works with customers and partners to close raw material loops and achieve long-term climate change mitigation and resource conservation. The prestigious Fraunhofer UMSICHT publishes studies confirming the positive ecological effects of our work.

Scientifically proven climate protection

In its annual study “resources SAVED by recycling”, the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT calculates the extent to which the environment has been helped by Interzero’s recycling services. In 2021 alone, this study showed that 1.8 million tonnes of resources were handled by closed-loop systems run by Interzero’s companies such as Interzero in Germany, Austria, Poland; Italy and Slovenia, saving around 12.5 million tonnes of primary raw materials. The primary resources saved this year would weigh as much as 5,227 fully grown sequoia trees. The companies also saved around 1 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. Without Interzero’s efforts, costs for climate-related environmental damage would have totalled EUR 199 million (using cost accounting methods from the German Federal Environment Agency).

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Reducing transportation, reusing IT devices

In another study from the “resources SAVED” series, Fraunhofer UMSICHT looked at the positive impact on resources and the climate from the refurbishing and reuse of IT and communications devices, as organised by Interzero. As one example, using refurbishment to extend the service life of just one laptop saves around 181 kg of primary raw materials and 154 kg of greenhouse gas emissions.

Interzero’s Mobile Counting Centre (MCC) also helps save resources. The local availability of the mobile counting service for non-refillable bottles means companies avoid long trips to stationary counting centres. “resources SAVED” shows that the MCC’s annual CO2 savings equal the amount removed by around three wooded football pitches.

"From recyclable product design to sustainable recovery: all stakeholders in the value chain need to work together for a successful circular transformation."

Dr.-Ing. Markus Hiebel Department Director for Sustainability and Resource Management of the Fraunhofer Institute’s UMSICHT program


In 2021, Interzero conserved 12.5 million tonnes of primary resources by recycling 1.8 million tonnes of raw materials.


The recycling activities of Interzero reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 1 million tonnes in the past year.


Recycling of electrical appliances saved more than 2 million tonnes of primary resources.


The company processed 574,855 million tonnes of paper, paperboard and cardboard, thus avoided 183,319 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.


A total of 366,897 tonnes of used glass was recycled, which reduced the use of primary raw material by 800,697 tonnes.


The company recycled more than 350,000 tonnes of plastic, thereby conserving more than 1,2 million tonnes of primary raw materials.

“resources SAVED” certificates for customers and partners


Sustainable competitive advantage: In cooperation with Interzero, you improve your ecological footprint and strengthen the bond with your customers. We show the amount of primary raw materials and greenhouse gases saved annually in your individual resource protection certificate, measured by your individual contribution - whether this is through recycling, reusing IT equipment or reducing transport routes with our MZZ. Transparency is not only a fundamental value for us, but is also highly valued by our customers and partners.

Leaflet 'resources SAVED by recycling' study

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