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OPTERRA’s Wössingen cement plant achieves Gold CSC certification

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The OPTERRA plant in Wössingen has received gold status from the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC). The CSC certificate confirms that the Wössingen plant is ecologically, socially and economically sustainable. In the audit, the location achieved almost 98% of the maximum rating. After the Karsdorf plant achieved gold status in November 2020, both OPTERRA clinker sites have now been successfully certified with the Wössingen plant.

Danilo Buscaglia, CEO of OPTERRA: “We are proud that the Wössingen cement plant was able to achieve such an impressive result in the extensive auditing process. With the achievement of gold status, both OPTERRA cement plants have provided evidence of responsible action and sustainable management at a high level. At the same time, the certifications are an incentive for us to continue working on improvements in the manufacturing and product development processes”.

Marcel Kecke, Sales Director at OPTERRA, adds: “With the certifications, we also document to our customers that we are acting responsibly. Certified management systems like these are becoming increasingly important for the creation of sustainable customer relationships”.

Certification is based on a system introduced worldwide by the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC). Companies in the concrete, cement and aggregate sectors can demonstrate their ecological, social and economic responsibility regardless of their location. Criteria are assessed in the categories management, environment, the social aspect of sustainability as well as in the categories economy and product (supply) chain. In addition to the company itself, the certification also includes its value chain.

The background for the certification is the increasing assessment of buildings with regard to their sustainability. The sustainability of the building materials and products used is also included in this assessment by international systems such as BREEAM or DGNB.

The organiser for the CSC certification system in Germany is the Federal Association of the German Ready-Mixed Concrete Industry eV in Berlin. The certification itself is carried out by certification bodies that are independent and recognised by the CSC. These include Kiwa Deutschland GmbH, Hamburg, SGS Holding Deutschland BV & Co. KG, Hamburg, TÜV SÜD AG, Munich, and VDZ Service GmbH, Düsseldorf. There are currently 441 CSC-certified companies worldwide, 203 of them in Germany. 35 of the total 52 certified cement plants are also located in Germany.

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