Over the past few years, aspects such as sustainability, environmental awareness and building a healthy living environment have become more important and therefore increasingly require a harmonizing approach and visible harmony with nature within the construction industry.
These aspects have played a key role at the PCI Group since the foundation of the company - in addition to proactive and sustainable management and responsible dealings with employees, the market and society. The sustainable and careful handling of our environment and our resources as well as the resulting environmental and health protection have top priority for the PCI Group.
Resources & Recycling
From the development of the initial idea through to production and packaging, the PCI Group gives preference to resource conservation and recycling and thus follows the Responsible Care® management system and its own sustainability criteria: no exploitation of resources, non-hazardous, non-toxic and disposable without any problems, no hazardous emissions or elutions and suitable for demolition. For example, about 5 percent of raw materials used come from recycling or renewable sources and about 55 percent from mineral sources.
The PCI Group has also adopted sustainable solutions for product packaging. The paper used for paper bags is made 100 percent from renewable raw materials taken from sustainably managed forests. In addition, 200 tons of PCI plastic packaging are made 100% from recycled materials. Recycling is also a top priority at the three production plants Augsburg, Wittenberg and Hamm. About 84 percent of production waste (mainly in powder form) was physically recycled and used for the manufacture of concrete stones or as a backfilling material in mining – a total of 205 tons yearly.
Using various different environmental labels and seals of approval, the PCI Group ensures the greatest possible transparency and marks its products in such a way that low-emission products can be immediately recognized. In addition to our own symbols, we have opted to use certificates such as EC1 PLUS, the “Blauer Engel” or the European product declaration EPD as well as declarations issued by independent institutions.
About 82 % of PCI products are already very low-emission products with the EC1 or EC1 PLUS seal of approval in accordance with GEV-EMICODE®. In our sustainability report, we transparently present what PCI understands by sustainability and what priorities and goals the company has set itself. The PCI sustainability report complies with the 20 criteria of the recognized reporting standard of the German Sustainability Code (DNK).
Building a healthy living environment
Nowadays, most people spend between 80 and 90 percent of their time in buildings. The trend towards low-emission, environmentally compatible building products continues unabated, especially in the building segment. This lifestyle and heightened awareness of sustainable building have made "healthy homes" a key focus of public attention. As a manufacturer of construction chemical products, PCI is well aware of its responsibility to the inhabitants and users of buildings where PCI products have been used.
PCI already offered a solvent-free primer for gypsum substrates in the 1970s. Nowadays, about 93 % of PCI products are free from solvents. And the PCI Group has gone a step further: To ensure that building owners, architects and craftspeople can be sure that all the materials used harmonize perfectly with each other and have very low emissions, PCI developed the System for Multi-Use Tiling. All the floor products in this system have at least the GEV-EMICODE® seal of approval EC1 for very low-emission products. The PCI Group has placed the topic of "healthy building for healthy living" at the center of its activities: as little emissions and elutions as possible in order to protect the health of users and building residents.