Alina Oprea   |   12 July, 2023 at 3:00 PM

Pehart Group to invest €20 million in energy efficiency of production lines

Pehart Group, the leading producer of household paper products in Romania and one of the largest tissue paper producers in South-East Europe, is investing this year more than €20 million in the energy efficiency of the production lines of its two factories in Petrești-Sebeș and Dej.

Maria-Antoanela Ionita   |   20 June, 2023 at 1:21 AM

Mapping innovation: 10+ CEE companies accelerating sustainability in FMCG

In the face of mounting environmental challenges, the FMCG sector is using innovation to reduce ecological impact and cultivate consumer trust. In this article, we explore key innovations for FMCG led by entrepreneurs in Central and Eastern Europe, such as alternative packaging materials and low-carbon protein alternatives.

Alina Oprea   |   15 June, 2023 at 5:30 PM

BRD grants sustainable financing of €220 million in 2022

BRD – Groupe Société Générale granted sustainable financing of RON1.1 billion (€220 million) last year. BRD launched 2022 its first green lending products for individuals. Also, the BRD Group reduced its energy consumption by 12.5% compared to the previous year and the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from operations.

Alina Oprea   |   16 May, 2023 at 9:08 AM

Sustainability Academy launches in Romania

The Sustainability Academy was launched, the first social and educational platform dedicated to SMEs in Romania, with free access. The Sustainability Academy is a Sustainable Futures brand project initiated by Social Innovation Solutions together with the Coca-Cola Foundation, founding partner, and BCR, main partner. The Sustainability Academy aims to help SMEs willing to adopt sustainability strategies and aims to increase the number of sustainable businesses in Romania.

Alina Oprea   |   16 May, 2023 at 4:21 AM

Bosch Power Tools is taking sustainability goals one step further

The Bosch Power Tools division is taking a big step forward with regard to its sustainability goals. Thus, starting in the autumn of 2023, 23 new and improved measuring instruments will be available, together with the related accessories and packaging, all presenting a new concept of sustainability and being produced with as much recycled material as possible.

Alina Oprea   |   10 May, 2023 at 9:07 AM

BASF to invest to €4 billion to achieve its climate protection targets

BASF plans to invest up to €4 billion to achieve its climate protection targets by 2030. The group wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our production sites and our energy purchases by 25% by 2030, compared with the 2018 baseline. BASF set a global target to promote female leadership and aims to increase the proportion of women in leadership positions to 30% by 2030.

Alina Oprea   |   3 May, 2023 at 3:50 PM

Orange Romania collected and recycled 300,000 old phones

Orange circular economy program "Re" - Buy-Back, Recycling, Repair, Refurbishment completes 1 year since its launch in Romania. The company collected approximately 300,000 old phones, the equivalent of more than 29 tons, and repaired 60,000 phones. Customers who bring old phones to the store receive a €100 voucher that they can use to buy a 5G phone.

Alina Oprea   |   27 April, 2023 at 8:46 AM

TeraPlast sets sustainable development as its strategic mission

TeraPlast, a Romanian manufacturer of construction materials, has pipes for external sewers made of 100% recycled PVC and uses approximately 20%-30% recycled material in the production of PVC pipes, says Alexandru Stânean, CEO TeraPlast. He talked to Green Forum about the company's key sustainability objectives and investment plans in 2023.

Alina Oprea   |   21 April, 2023 at 1:31 PM

OMV Petrom finances conservation of biodiversity

The Civil Society Development Foundation, ProPark, and the OMV Petrom Foundation launch the "Green for the Future" program. The program is dedicated to biodiversity conservation and the responsible development of local communities in protected areas. The OMV Petrom Foundation fully finances the program in the amount of €800,000 in the 2023 edition.

Alina Oprea   |   21 April, 2023 at 9:11 AM

Konica Minolta wants to consume only renewable energy

Konica Minolta aims for 100% renewable electricity consumption by 2050. With two new major climate targets in its portfolio, the company aims to further reduce its impact on the environment. The company has set as its goal the reduction of greenhouse effect emissions by saving energy.

Alina Oprea   |   18 April, 2023 at 12:28 PM

Auchan Romania encourages packaging recycling

Auchan has set up collection points in the parking lots of its stores or within its premises where customers can recycle three types of packaging: PETs, aluminum cans, and glass bottles. Starting from Tuesday, April 18, customers are encouraged to bring the PET, glass, and aluminum packaging used during the Easter holidays, to the collection-recycling points equipped with automatic machines in 37 Auchan stores. Customers will be rewarded with a voucher worth RON0.5 (€0.1) granted exclusively in the form of a loyalty voucher, for each packaging recycled in its stores until May 31, 2023.

Alina Oprea   |   11 April, 2023 at 5:05 PM

9 out of 10 companies plan to increase investments in sustainability

An EY survey found that experts are much more likely to take concrete action by stepping up investment in sustainability. Nine out of 10 companies (90%) said they plan to increase their investments in sustainability. The survey also identified a key link between effective board sustainability governance and company business performance.

Alina Oprea   |   11 April, 2023 at 12:04 PM

Kaufland Romania to plant new forest in Prahova County

Kaufland Romania is planting a new forest, equal to the number of employees, in Scorteni (Prahova County). The K-shaped planted forest, inspired by the company's logo, comprises 16,000 saplings of 6 different tree species and covers an area of 4 hectares. Once mature, the Kaufland Forest will also be a recreational forest, where the company and its partners will carry out cultural, social, and environmental activities, thus becoming a space open to the community.

Alina Oprea   |   7 April, 2023 at 1:53 PM

Coca-Cola Romania is transitioning to plastic bottles with attached caps

Coca-Cola Romania is transitioning to plastic bottles with attached caps, to facilitate their collection and recycling. Starting in April, the first series of bottles with attached caps will be available for the brands in the non-carbonated soft drinks portfolio, namely Fuzetea, and Cappy. The new caps will facilitate the recycling of all packaging and aim to collect plastic bottles together with the attached caps.

Alina Oprea   |   5 April, 2023 at 2:03 PM

Romania's largest golf resort to be equipped with solar panels

Businessman Metin Doğan is investing over €60 million in the largest golf resort in Romania, the first stage of the project to be completed this year. The buildings will be equipped with solar panels. The complex will also include a country club and a 5-star residential complex, as well as exclusive facilities.

Alina Oprea   |   30 March, 2023 at 5:41 PM

Companies that invest in sustainability can earn more

Companies that engage in sustainable practices record higher financial performance and are 2.4 times more likely to increase their financial return. According to Quartz Matrix, a Romanian technology and services company, the sure steps towards a sustainable company begin with the identification of internal processes that can be automated or made more efficient with the help of technology. Also, modern technologies help companies to cut costs and become more responsible towards the planet.

Alina Oprea   |   30 March, 2023 at 2:30 PM

Glovo launches the Impact Fund to support sustainability projects

Glovo launches the Impact Fund, an initiative to support sustainability projects. The company will allocate a small amount from each order to the new fund. Glovo estimates that this year up to €5 million will be allocated from the Impact Fund to support projects that aim to support local communities, actions against climate change, digitization of small local businesses, reducing the gender disparity in the field of technology, and development of educational programs for couriers.

Alina Oprea   |   29 March, 2023 at 4:53 PM

Over 80% of Kaufland Romania's suppliers are local

Over 80% of Kaufland's suppliers are from Romania, and this percentage is growing year by year, says Valer Hancaș, Director of Communication and Corporate Affairs, Kaufland Romania.