Environmental protection

We take responsibility for our environment

As a society, it’s never been clearer to us how strongly we need a pristine environment and how important it is for us to protect it. Viessmann bears a special responsibility as a leading international manufacturer of energy systems. We act accordingly and allow ourselves to be measured by the promises we make.

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Viessmann has been putting the concept of integrated environmental protection into practice for decades. Our entire value chain is geared towards it. Our brand values have served as the foundation for establishing an environmental policy for the company from which specific goals can be derived. Thanks to our environmental management system, we can realize this environmental policy and guarantee compliance with external and internal environmental standards.

We want to do more than just adhere to legal regulations and environmental protection requirements for companies. Our work thus focuses on continually improving our environmental management system. We ensure that living spaces remain worth living in for generations to come.

The principles of action of our environmental policy

The Viessmann Executive Board has defined binding principles of action for all employees.

We think in terms of life cycles

Is that sustainable? This is the question we ask ourselves right at the very beginning – from the development of our products to their production, use, and disposal. We make sure to conserve resources during production. Our heat generators excel during ongoing operations thanks to high thermal efficiency and durability. At the end of their technical service life, Viessmann products are professionally recycled and valuable raw materials are looped back into the production and reusable material cycle.

We participate in the take-back schemes required by law in each specific market to ensure the return of old appliances. Since 1995, we have also cooperated with a nationwide waste disposal service provider and offered our customers in Germany the voluntary take-back of waste. We recycle our packaging in accordance with the valid regulations in place in the local markets. In Germany, we are part of a solution which was brought into being by industry, trade, and crafts back in the early 1990s to take back and recycle packaging from the plumbing, heating, and climate sector.

We want to maximize the reduction of hazardous substances. To do this, we take a hard look at our processes and products on a constant basis and improve them. The relevant regulations on hazardous substances stipulate bans, restrictions, and limit values on substances with which all suppliers must fully comply. All deliveries and services must be provided taking these prohibitions into consideration. An up-to-date list of all unauthorized substances and materials – subject to change – is available here.

Our ambitious environmental management system

We routinely review the achievement of objectives derived from the environmental policy. All Viessmann locations and sales branches in Germany are certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14001. Thanks to its location in Allendorf (Eder), the Viessmann Group was the first company in the heating technology sector and the second company in Germany to obtain EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) certification in 1995. The Viessmann site in Allendorf (Eder) is currently the oldest entry in the EMAS register.

EMAS is the most ambitious environmental management system in the world and comprises the environmental management standard ISO 14001 (german website). The EU instrument makes it possible for companies and organizations to show that they assume responsibility for their impacts on the environment. EMAS ensures that all environmental aspects, from energy consumption to waste and emissions, are looked at systematically and that the relevant environmental regulations are also implemented or observed. In the annual environmental statement, companies disclose precise details of their environmentally relevant data to the public, which includes among other things resource use, energy consumption, emissions, and waste. They also define their environmental goals and publish how environmental performance is to be continuously improved in a systematic manner.

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Sustainability at Viessmann

For many generations, we’ve viewed sustainability as part of our responsibility. You can find out how and where we are becoming more and more sustainable in our current reports on sustainability.

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