Resource conservation and climate protection

Interzero works with customers and partners to close raw material loops and achieve long-term climate change mitigation and resource conservation. The prestigious Fraunhofer UMSICHT publishes studies confirming the positive ecological effects of our work.

Scientifically proven climate protection

In its annual study “resources SAVED by recycling”, the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT calculates the extent to which the environment has been helped by Interzero’s recycling services. In 2022 alone, this study showed that 2.1 million tonnes of resources were handled by closed-loop systems run by Interzero’s companies such as Interzero in Germany, Austria, Poland; Italy and Slovenia, saving around 8.7 million tonnes of primary raw materials. This is comparable to the weight of 174,267 single-family homes. The companies also saved around 1 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions – this corresponds to the average annualCO2 emissions of over 100,000 four-person households.

Reducing transportation, reusing IT devices

In another study from the “resources SAVED” series, Fraunhofer UMSICHT looked at the positive impact on resources and the climate from the refurbishing and reuse of IT and communications devices, as organised by Interzero. As one example, using refurbishment to extend the service life of just one laptop saves around 181 kg of primary raw materials and 154 kg of greenhouse gas emissions.

Interzero’s Mobile Counting Centre (MCC) also helps save resources. The local availability of the mobile counting service for non-refillable bottles means companies avoid long trips to stationary counting centres. “resources SAVED” shows that the MCC’s annual CO2 savings equal the amount removed by around three wooded football pitches.

Dr. Ing. Markus Hiebel

“From recyclable product design to sustainable recovery, successful circular transformation requires all stakeholders in the value chain to pull together. “

Dr.-Ing. Markus Hiebel
Head of Department Sustainability and Resource Management Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT


In 2022, Interzero conserved 8.7 million tonnes of primary resources by recycling 2.1 million tonnes of raw materials.


The recycling activities of Interzero reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 1 million tonnes in the past year.


Recycling of electrical appliances saved more than 2.3 million tonnes of primary resources.


The company processed more than 700 million tonnes of paper, paperboard and cardboard, thus avoided round about 180,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.


A total of more than 500,000 tonnes of used glass was recycled, which reduced the use of primary raw material by 1 million tonnes.


The company recycled more than 570,000 tonnes of plastic, thereby conserving more than 2 million tonnes of primary raw materials.

"resources SAVED" certificates for our customers and partners

Sustainable competitive advantage: In cooperation with Interzero, you improve your ecological footprint and strengthen the bond with your customers. We show the amount of primary raw materials and greenhouse gases saved with us in your individual resource protection certificate, measured by your individual contribution – whether this is through recycling, the reuse of IT equipment or the reduction of transport routes.

Leaflet ‘resources SAVED by recycling’ study

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