Sustainability at iSi
> Sustainability is one of the three core elements (besides "independence" and "integrity") of our corporate vision. It is anchored in all areas of the company through intergroup sustainability management and is continually developed in a goal-oriented manner.
> In order to emphasize the special importance of the topic, Allegra Pochtler, member of the owning family and Vice President of the Group, took charge of the control and management of the sustainability agenda in 2020.
> From the very beginning, sustainability has been the guiding theme of our entrepreneurial activity. We have been developing and producing products for 6 generations.
> Climate change is the central challenge of our time. As a global, family-run company, we are aware of our responsibility to make an active contribution to reduce global warming.
> The implementation of the group-wide sustainability strategy with the aim of reducing the company's climate-impacting emissions (as per the GHG protocol for CCF accounting in accordance with the Kyoto Protocol) to the maximum extent has already begun.
> The target sustainability goals and our strategy for achieving them are based on a well-founded materiality analysis with internal and external stakeholders. A group-wide monitoring accompanies the implementation of the sustainability goals in each business area, i.e., iSi Culinary, iSi Automotive and iSi Components.
> With our sustainability measures, we want to achieve the greatest possible impact on our environment, our society, and our company. For us, creating effective holistic sustainability management means concrete fields of action, defining ambitions, and pressing ahead with implementation.
> To this end, we are gradually reducing our climate-impacting emissions. Where emissions cannot (yet) be reduced due to current technologies, we also invest in emission compensation projects as an alternative.
> Our three major fields of action are: Climate, Resources, and People. In each division, we set ourselves clear goals for these 3 focal points and evaluate them consistently.
As the market leader in our industry, we always want to offer our customers the most sustainable solution on the market with additional added value (e.g., creativity, cost efficiency).
Maximum reduction of climate-impacting emissions starting with the development of our products to their production and until their application in foodservice based on the example of a serving of whipped cream.
a. AS EXPERTS ON GAS PRESSURE CYLINDERS, WE ARE INTENSIVELY RESEARCHING CLIMATE-NEUTRAL ALTERNATIVES TO THE GREENHOUSE GAS N2O.
> The quick, easy, and efficient whipping of cream has made iSi the market leader for many years. The N2O gas, which has essential properties such as high fat solubility, suitability for food, neutral taste, and occurrence in sufficient quantity, renders this possible. We are aware that N2O is also a climate-damaging greenhouse gas, which is why we have been consistently researching climate-friendlier alternatives for years. Even extensive analyses (including those in cooperation with universities) have not yet provided a climate-neutral, N2O-free solution with comparable advantages. We continue to research strenuously on more sustainable solutions for our customers and the planet.
b. HOW TO REDUCE THE CARBON FOOTPRINT OF A SINGLE SERVING OF CREAM.
> When looking at a serving of cream (cream toppings), one thing quickly becomes clear: animal dairy cream is the most important ingredient in terms of quantity when preparing a cream topping. Like all animal-based produce, cream also has a considerable carbon footprint. It means the more cream is used to prepare a serving of cream (cream topping), the worse it is for our climate. For whipping the cream by hand, mixer, or with the electrical whipping machine, about twice as much cream is required as for whipping in the iSi system. Thanks to the high whipping volume, the iSi system gets more servings out of the cream used and thus reduces the cream requirement per serving. This saved material usage reduces greenhouse gas emissions (and saves costs).
TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS AND PERFORMANCE AS THE KEY TO SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE THE CARBON FOOTPRINT PER SERVING OF CREAM.
> Thanks to the high whipping volume, the iSi system gets more servings out of the cream used, thus reducing the need for cream, the cost of goods used, and the emissions caused by cream that act on the climate. As a global, family-owned business and world market leader in our industry, we consider it our responsibility to invest in the development of technological innovations that reduce the carbon footprint per serving of cream to a minimum.
> With the development of the iSi Green Whip, we reached an important milestone on our mission in 2022: the technically optimized whipper gets 15%* more servings at the same cost of goods. This reduces the carbon footprint per serving of cream by 10% and lowers the cost per serving by 10%. The iSi Green Whip also lowers the calories per serving of cream by 10% in the twinkle of an eye.
(* compared with iSi Cream Profi Whip, average values; actual increase depends on the cream product used)
c. THE MOST CLIMATE-FRIENDLY CREAM TOPPING: VEGAN CREAM.
IMMEDIATELY REDUCES THE CARBON FOOTPRINT PER SERVING OF CREAM BY 20%**, IS LOW IN FAT AND CHOLESTEROL-FREE, AND CAN BE PREPARED IN AN INSTANT, THANKS TO THE UNIQUE ISI TECHNOLOGY.
> If you want to reduce the carbon footprint of the serving of cream (cream toppings) even further, you must replace the main ingredient, dairy cream, with vegan cream. Since vegan cream has a reduced fat content, it also saves calories per serving. However, the reduced fat content hampers the whipped volume. This naturally leads to fewer servings of cream than from the same amount of dairy cream. The iSi Green Whip is specially designed to neutralize this effect. Thanks to essential, technical optimizations, vegan toppings of reliable quality are possible for the first time with the iSi Green Whip – serving for serving.
(** When using Cream Profi Whip, dairy cream vs. Green Whip, vegan cream)
d. WE DEVELOP PRODUCTS THAT REDUCE FOOD WASTE AND OPTIMIZE THE MATERIAL USAGE FOR THE SAKE OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND OUR CUSTOMERS.
> Our food is grown, harvested, transported several times, stored, often refrigerated or processed, and finally prepared. This requires energy and space and produces greenhouse gases. The WWF observes that a third of all food production is currently being lost worldwide. Every kilogram of food that ends up in the garbage unnecessarily burdens our climate and is a wasted cost for foodservice businesses.
> Hence, reducing "food waste", i.e., the leftovers, is a declared goal in the development of our devices. The most effective factors for this are the extension of the shelf life of the cream and the complete usage of the cream from the iSi bottle. We fulfill both, because the iSi system (all whippers) is airtight and gives the cream a shelf life of up to 10 days. Even if these are already very important steps towards "food waste" reduction, we are continuously researching and developing other solutions to prevent food waste within our system.
e. OUR PRODUCTS CONSIST OF DURABLE MATERIALS OF HIGH QUALITY FOR A SUSTAINABLE (PRODUCT) LIFE WITH COUNTLESS YEARS OF USE.
We owe the market leadership in our industry to the trust of our customers in our products and our brand. As an Austrian manufacturer of premium products, we take this responsibility seriously. We produce according to the highest safety standards and always use high-quality and durable materials, such as stainless steel, for our products. In contrast to disposable products, iSi devices are developed for sustainable use for many years and are accordingly used worldwide day after day in coffee shops, restaurants, private households, etc.
f. WE ARE PART OF A GLOBAL CYCLE: ALL ISI CHARGERS ARE 100% RECYCLABLE AND CONSIST OF UP TO 30% OF RECYCLED STEEL.
The expansion of the circular economy is a key element in achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Accords. The steel supply chain is already adopting this: due to their properties, steel and ferrous metals have long been recycled in many countries. The circular economy model of steel is efficient and established. Unlike other materials, steel can be recycled repeatedly without any loss of quality, which also contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
All iSi chargers (soda, cream, nitro) are made of steel and are therefore 100% recyclable.
Following the international circular economy of steel, the steel used by iSi contains up to 30% of recycled steel. After use, the iSi Charger can be returned to the steel reclamation cycle, thus supporting the global reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing resources and waste in landfills.
g. MADE IN AUSTRIA: WE ARE PRODUCING ALL ISI CHARGERS IN A CLIMATE-NEUTRAL MANNER FROM 2022. AND ALREADY FOR 10 YEARS, 100% FROM RENEWABLE ENERGIES.
We have developed our sustainability strategy on the basis of a sound analysis of our corporate carbon footprint and product carbon footprints supported by external institutes. One clear sustainability goal is to reduce our company's production-related greenhouse gas emissions (CCF, Scope 1+2) to the lowest possible level. We have already been successfully implementing this in production for 10 years with the use of 100% green electricity.
Since 2022 - thanks to technical upgrades of our production facilities - we reduce the remaining GHG emissions of production by another 93% and compensate the remaining 7% of unavoidable emissions by supporting climate protection projects registered with the United Nations (project numbers: CDM#0490, CDM#1229, CDM#5393), which avoid N2O emissions in the chemical industry. This means that from spring 2022, all available iSi Chargers (cream, soda, nitro) will be produced in a 100% climate-neutral manner. This was calculated by denkstatt and certified by TÜV Austria.
h. FROM 2022 WE WILL OFFER A 100% CLIMATE-NEUTRAL CHARGER IN OUR ECO SERIES: ISI PROFESSIONAL CHARGER - ECO SERIES.
We are aware that N2O is a climate-relevant gas. We have been researching and investing for years to offer our customers a climate-friendly and sustainable solution for cream. In addition to the consistent further development of our whippers to reduce the climate-impacting emissions per serving of cream, we are already setting the next, sustainable milestone deliberately with our climate-neutral iSi Professional Charger - Eco Series:
Like all our iSi Chargers, this Charger is produced climate neutrally. The remaining carbon footprint of the product is compensated 100% by neutralizing N2O emissions within the framework of climate protection projects approved and monitored by the United Nations (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC - Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board CDM EB). This was audited and certified by TÜV Austria. When selecting suitable projects, one thing was and is clear to us: we want to neutralize N2O in a targeted manner in order to protect our planet's climate. We therefore sought a solution that would enable us to reliably and verifiably neutralize the same amount of N2O that we emit into the atmosphere within the framework of internationally monitored climate protection projects. We finally identified suitable projects in agriculture: N2O is an unintentional by-product of fertilizer production in the chemical industry. By purchasing emission certificates, we provide targeted support to climate protection projects in Africa and South America to finance and operate plants for the catalytic neutralization of N2O. These best available technology plants split climate-damaging N2O with an efficiency of more than 99% into N and O, which are non-climate-damaging components of our atmosphere. We use the emission certificates generated in these projects to offer our customers worldwide another climate-friendly solution for cream with the 100% climate-neutral iSi Professional Charger - Eco Series.
This new sustainable iSi system solution has a positive effect on the global climate balance and supports our customers in achieving corporate climate goals as well as in saving costs and time in the daily business.
IN THIS WAY YOU IMMEDIATELY REDUCE THE CARBON FOOTPRINT PER SERVING OF CREAM.
Over the past year, the global COVID-19 pandemic has reminded people all over the world of the delicate balance that exists between humans and nature, and has highlighted the close connection between matters of the environment, health and mobility. The field of mobility (including automotive, traffic and transport industries) plays a central role on the road to a „green“, sustainable future. The challenge that is presented to us seems frighteningly complex: How can we create wealth and social stability in a way that is ecologically and socially sustainable?
As a globally active, family-run business in the automotive supplier industry for many generations, we have been holding ourselves to sustainable business practices for many years. We have often implemented processes and new ways of thinking long before they became industry standards, with product innovations like our Cool Inflator® (which provides exclusively cold and clean gas), but also with our earnest commitment to socially responsible business operations in all our locations. We are looking forward to keeping our strong stride as an industry leader as we continue on this promising path for the years to come.
For the first time in our company‘s history, the sustainability report 2020 offers valuable insight into the elevated standards we hold our business to, as well as the ambitious goals we have set for the future. It presents the progress we have already made while outlining achievements still to come. At iSi, we know that our economic and ecological success is a result of our employees‘ commitment in all iSi Automotive Group locations around the globe, and our sincere thanks go out to all of them. Together we can keep proudly advancing towards a common goal: leading iSi Automotive Group into the future as a company that is known as a leader in the fields of economic, ecological and socio-economic sustainability.
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