4 Hettich and the environment: committed to responsible practice, active protection, innovative thinking. Hettich takes a responsibility for the world we live in. This awareness defines the strict policy of environmental management we practise. Our environmental officer has taken personal responsibility for these aspects throughout the group of companies over a period of many years. In addition, a separate environment committee has been established for each production site. We regard statutory provisions as minimum requirements. At significant sites we also implement the stringent EMAS Directive. And we drive forward developments that in future will help to save even more raw materials and support the necessary endeavours towards sustainability. Hettich standard for product materials Hettich underpins its commitment by applying an internal standard for product materials. This ensures that every product from production to disposal satisfies all environmental requirements. Products from Hettich come with a long life. Appropriately foresighted, our rigorous standards are formulated to ensure that international legislation is met as well. This provides a reliable basis for marketing furniture world-wide. Hettich environmental management In 1996 Hettich started introducing effective environmental management systems under the stringent EMAS Regulation (currently: EC Regulation No. 761/2001, including EN ISO 14.001/2004). This not only enables us to improve our environmental performance on a broad front but also achieve a high level of safety which, not least, also benefits our customers. This is why we also require our suppliers to meet the necessary minimum standards of environmental protection, industrial safety, health care and social welfare. The results achieved in the drawer-runner and drawer-system product segment at the Kirchlengern operation illustrate the impressive effects these measures have and verifiably demonstrate our tireless endeavours to translate words into action: Relief to the environment between 1997 and 2008: Specific water consumption: 56 per cent Specific power consumption: 21 per cent Specific heat consumption: 84 per cent Specific CO 2 emissions: 29 per cent