GRI 306-2, SDG12
When it comes to handling waste, 50Hertz’s top priority is prevention. However, the annual waste production and composition is heavily dependent on restructuring and dismantling projects, as well as compensatory and replacement measures. A year-by-year comparison is therefore not appropriate. When dealing with waste that cannot be prevented, we act on the principle “Avoid – reuse – reduce – recycle – dispose”. When we build, convert or dismantle a system, we dispose of any parts we no longer need in resource-friendly ways.
50Hertz was able to comply with the legally prescribed recycling requirement (recycling before disposal) at a recycling rate of about 82%. In the 2018 reporting year, two larger environmental remediation projects took place in Ragow and Berlin-Charlottenburg. These projects largely related to floors that were cleaned or disposed of properly if they could not be cleaned.