Hadza and Datooga communities live in the Yaeda Valley. Traditionally, they are the guardians of the forest.
Sustainability - January 2023

Protecting the environment with Geberit ceramics

Commited to forest protection

Geberit is now supporting a forest protection project of the Swiss foundation myclimate in Tanzania. With this voluntary contribution, the company offsets the unavoidable CO2 emissions that arise during ceramic production. All ceramic products from the Geberit ONE, Acanto, Xeno2, iCon, Smyle and VariForm bathroom series are included in this initiative. The pilot project is being launched in selected countries.

Geberit stands for a high level of environmental awareness. The company has committed itself to resource-conserving production. The production of sanitary ceramics is resource and energy intensive. Both the procurement of raw materials and the production and transport of the ceramics generate CO2 emissions. Through technological innovations, Geberit is able to continuously reduce CO2 emissions in ceramic production. Geberit assumes responsibility for the unavoidable emissions that arise in the value chain. Geberit voluntarily supports a forest protection project of the Swiss foundation myclimate, which reduces CO2 emissions in Tanzania, by purchasing CO2 certificates.

What are voluntary CO2 certificates?

For the climate, it is not important where exactly the CO2 emissions are produced or avoided. Therefore, emissions that are produced in one place can be offset by saving them in another place. This compensation takes place through so-called CO2 certificates. Their basis is a transparent and verifiable calculation of the actual quantities of CO2 emitted by a product or service.

Geberit is committed to forests and people in Tanzania
Forests store CO2 efficiently. At the same time, they ensure stable groundwater resources and biodiversity. This is why Geberit is committed to forest protection in the Yaeda Valley in Tanzania. Here, primary forests cover an area of 34,000 hectares. They are home to numerous species-protected animals such as lions, cheetahs and leopards, elephants, giraffes, zebras and gazelles. Illegal logging and poaching, however, are taking their toll on the forests and the animals living there.

The Yaeda Valley is also home to the Hadza and Datooga communities. Their traditional way of life as guardians of the forest is also threatened by advancing agriculture and intensive livestock farming. Together with the myclimate foundation, Geberit supports both the preservation of the forest and the people who live in its surroundings. 12 communities in the Yaeda Valley receive financial support and assistance in legal matters in order to effectively prevent illegal land use and poaching. They form patrol teams and increase monitoring of the area. Thanks to training in forestry and agro-ecological methods, the local population can manage the forest sustainably. The funds from the CO2 certificates acquired will be also used for medical care for the local population. In this way, the project protects the forest stands and improves the living conditions of the local population.

Geberit bears the costs
The CO2 emissions of Geberit sanitary ceramics are transparently calculated and verifiably recorded in publicly accessible environmental product declarations (EPD). The sanitary ceramics from the Geberit ONE, Acanto, Xeno2, iCon, Smyle and VariForm bathroom series included in this initiative are available in selected countries from the beginning of 2023. Geberit bears the costs for the certificates; they are not passed on to customers.

myclimate Geberit Partner

myclimate is a non-profit foundation for comprehensive carbon offset solutions. Among other things, the organisation supports and develops its own carbon offset projects according to the highest quality standards.