Climate neutral since 2010

Sustainability at elobau

We report according to the standards of the common good economy

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  • 8.000 t CO2 compensated
    1,000 football fields of rain forest in Costa Rica *Our compensation of 8,000 t CO2 corresponds to an annual CO2 storage capacity of approximately 700 hectares of reforestation in the tropics.
  • 1.300.000 km Green mileage since 2016 31 times around the earth *On foot, by bicycle, public transportation or as a passenger
  • -2.700 t per year lower CO2 emissions
  • Since 2010 Carbon-neutral production
  • 80 % energy ratio *Excluding car fleet. Green electricity and gas from offal 100% green electricity
  • elobau foundation
    60 social engagement projects
  • 31.000 MWh of produced electricity 10 years – 1.000 households

Our path to sustainability

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021


Creation of a master plan with the goal of CO2 reduction // Development of a climate balance sheet



Purchase of 100% green electricity // Acquisition of a solar park // First certification according to ISO 14001 (environmental management) // No fossil fuels for heating purposes



elobau becomes a partner in the Vision Forest in Costa Rica // Move to a sustainable credit institution

Visionswald in Costa Rica


Launch of the elobau e-vehicle fleet // Support for the plant-for-the-planet campaign

Fahrzeugflotte von elobau


First year with balance sheet electricity surplus // Certification according to ISO 50001 (energy management) // Energy-Plus new building wins award for ecologically trend-setting construction of commercial properties


Job bike // Company car directive (CO2 limit/SUV ban) // First sustainability report (DNK)


Second energy-plus building // Specially programmed energy monitoring



Toolmaking in Thüringen moves into third energy-plus building // Nomination for German NH Award // Membership in the Gemeinwohlökonomie // elobau becomes a foundation company


Newly developed modular armrest MA225 made of 70 % bio-based plastic // Mobility tracking of employees

Modulare Armlehne 225 MA midi Kampagnenmotiv


Opening of an organic canteen // Publication of the second Common Good Economy Balance Sheet (GWÖ)


Extension of plant 2 as an energy-plus building in timber construction // Conversion of the energy and environmental management system to EMAS

Sheddach Seitenansicht der Erweiterung von Werk II


Eco-Design Study // Life-Cycle Assessment // Third GWÖ Balance // Kick-Off Sustainable Customer Classification


Analysis of the supply chain until Tier-n // Fleet policy, no fossil fuels // Focus on recycled materials


What does sustainability mean for us in real terms?

We are a foundation company firmly established in the region. With this background, we feel compelled as a company to assume responsibilities that go far beyond our immediate areas of commercial operation. When we talk about sustainability, we mean three main areas: economy, ecology and social responsibility.

Our current understanding of sustainability envisions an equal emphasis on ecology, society and the economy. Over the long term, a reduction of CO2 emissions only involves a slow-down of progressive climate changes. Physical laws dictate that we cannot draw more resources from nature than nature can replace. For our Vision 2030, we, therefore, view ecology as a cornerstone of responsible social and corporate action. Social stability requires an intact ecological system. And social stability is a prerequisite for economic activity. Our Vision 2030 therefore seeks to prioritise sustainability. We intend to communicate this only after comprehensive and effective implementation, although our individual decision-making process is already founded on this precept.


Preparation of our sustainability report and common good balance sheet 2020

We used the first elobau Common Good Report with ECG Standard 5.0 as the basis for the third report. The report was drafted and developed jointly in a cross-department project. The project took approximately 400 hours of work.

Sustainability report elobau 2020 | PDF 5 MB

An employee event here, a donation there, a bit of green energy – and is that enough for sustainability?
Anyone who thinks that way and sees the handful of fruit trees on their company premises as enough to offset the company’s greenhouse gases does not understand sustainability.

Sustainability means making a serious effort to take only as much from the economic, ecological and social environment for corporate activities as you put back into it in other ways. It is only with dedication to the economy for the common good that we can create future security for our environment and our future. And that is what we strive for – day after day.

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