AWARD-WINNING SUSTAINABILITY CONCEPT
In April 2018 our brand Biokat's received the prestigious sustainability award "German Award for Excellence 2018" in the category "Carbon Footprint". Since 2015, German companies that play a pioneering role in the field of sustainability have been conferred with this award.
What is special about the sustainability concept of Biokat's?
- The natural clay bentonite that is used to produce the Biokat's cat litter is mainly mined in Bavaria. This means short delivery routes to the production site in Kelheim, Bavaria and consequently lower CO2 emissions.
- The pits in which bentonite is extracted are re-cultivated and re-natured after mining. This creates valuable new ecological habitats. During the entire mining process, geologists constantly monitor the pits and ensure that the natural balance is maintained.
- Our own natural gas cogeneration plant in Kelheim covers 70% of the electricity demand for the production of Biokat’s. Excess electricity is fed into the public electricity grid. The heat generated in the power plant is used by Gimborn to dry the Biokat's cat litter in an environmentally friendly way.
- Thanks to technical innovations, Gimborn has halved its own energy consumption in the production of Biokat's since 1991.
- The Carbon Footprint Gesellschaft calculated the Biokat’s production CO2 energy value in Kelheim in 2011 and rated it as exemplary.
- In 2012, Biokat's received the ECOCARE AWARD for its sustainability concept.
- Since 2015, Biokat's energy management system has been certified by the DEKRA Certification GmbH according to DIN EN ISO 50.001.
Latest figures on Biokat’s CO2 balance
In 2017 Biokat’s reassessed the emissions of greenhouse gases for five of its most common cat litters. Result: For Biokat´s Classic 3in1, Biokat´s Classic fresh 3in1, Biokat´s Micro classic, Biokat´s Micro fresh and Biokat´s Diamond Care Multicat fresh the average emissions in the production year 2016 were 0.253 kg CO2 per kg cat litter.
Thus, the CO2 balance of Biokat's has again improved compared to the year 2011 when these values were last determined.
The so-called "Product Carbon Footprint" was calculated on the basis of the globally recognized accounting standard of the British company Carbon Trust. The entire life cycle of the product is included, from mining the raw material bentonite to disposal and recycling.