Cradle to Cradle Certified® Product Standard and heroal’s results
The Cradle to Cradle Certified® Product Standard assesses materials and manufacturing processes across five categories. The certification decision is made by the independent Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. There are four achievement levels for each category, ranging from ‘Bronze’ to ‘Platinum’.
First, the circularity of the products is assessed in order to evaluate the materials used. Since heroal systems can be recycled, consist of a high percentage of secondary raw materials, and have a high potential of being returned and reused, heroal has scored ‘Gold’ in this category.
Then, the material health is assessed, in order to guarantee that the materials used are safe for humans and the environment. This assessment does not only look at the product itself, but also at the entire supply chain. In this category, heroal scored ‘Silver’ (for window, door, curtain wall, sliding door and lifting-sliding door systems) and ‘Bronze’ (for fire protection doors and curtain walls). heroal aims to continuously improve these Cradle to Cradle Certified® levels achieved. To this end heroal is working together with its suppliers of coating powder for its powder coating facilities: once a powder has been developed that can be ideally returned to the cycle of recyclable resources, a higher achievement level can be attained.
As part of the certification assessment, the processes used in the manufacture of heroal systems are also evaluated. With regard to the use of renewable energies, heroal once again achieves the ‘Gold’ level, as, for example, energy from its own combined heat and power plant and electricity from 100 % hydroelectric power are used in its production. Unavoidable emissions are offset with emission certificates, compensating the emissions by supporting internationally recognised climate protection projects. For example, heroal has a partnership with ClimatePartner, supporting the Zambesi REDD+ forest conversation project in Zambia. This project promotes the reduction of degradation and deforestation as well as the preservation of biodiversity by supporting local communities to improve local living conditions, e.g. through a better access to education and medicine, or the creation of jobs.