Mr. Nehls, are there any changes and savings in packaging?
Alex Nehls: We will implement two projects in 2019: It is planned to convert all e-commerce packages to cartons made out of grass. This carton consists of 50 percent grass, which significantly reduces water consumption and eliminates the need for chemicals in the production. A further innovation also affects e-commerce: in the future all clothing packages are to be sent to end customers without plastic bags. Dynafit keeps the polybags and packs the products only in environmentally friendly paper. This is intended to guarantee 100 percent correct recycling of plastic bags in the e-commerce sector and ultimately also a reduction in polybags.
Can old skis, boots and bindings be returned free of charge by customers or retailers? And what happens to them?
Alex Nehls: A new project group has recently been set up to deal with this issue. Considerations are, for example, to melt down the plastic of the ski boots and to reuse them either for ski boots or for other areas.
Nordicas ski production in Mittersill, Austria, has initiated many restructuring and improvement measures for a positive energy balance since 2008. As a result, energy consumption has now been reduced to 1500 MWh. Other projects deal with the topics of e-mobility and waste management. The current construction of a large photovoltaic system was planned in four construction phases. Two have already been completed, the third is currently being implemented. Once completed, the plant will generate 430,000 kWh of electricity per year. This corresponds to approximately 15 percent of the company's own electricity requirements. Currently, 583 tons of CO2 emissions are generated according to the ecological footprint. The improvement through the photovoltaic system amounts to 158 tons per year. Helmut Exenberger, Managing Director of Nordica's Mittersill production facility, says: "As one of the largest companies in the region, we see it as our duty to play a pioneering role in the area of environmental commitment.“