05. May 2019 | Germany | Company

A win for climate protection

nora rubber floor coverings are CO₂-neutral: Holistic approach to reducing greenhouse gases

Weinheim, April 2019 –nora systems takes another step towards a sustainable future: All high-quality rubber flooring products produced by the manufacturer, which has been part of the Interface Group since 2018, are now CO₂ neutral. As a result, the entire Interface product portfolio of carpet tiles and resilient coverings no longer has a negative impact on the climate over the entire product lifecycle. "Since nora systems became part of the Interface Group last year, we have used our 25 years of experience in this field to further reduce CO₂ emissions throughout the lifecycle of nora flooring," says Erin Meezan, Chief Sustainability Officer at Interface. "One measure is that we calculate the CO₂ footprint of the entire production and product lifecycle of nora flooring and then compensate by investing in emission reduction projects to neutralise greenhouse gas emissions." This includes, for example, supporting reforestation and wind and water-based energy generation projects. "Interface only invests in high-quality emission reduction projects, which are reviewed annually by independent external auditors," Meezan adds.

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Another step towards sustainability for nora systems

For Bettina Haffelder, Vice President of the nora DACH region, this is another step towards sustainability for nora systems: "The impact that our products have on the environment is important to us and we are working to further reduce the CO₂ footprint of nora systems. In doing so, we can now benefit from the experience that Interface has had on a global scale." In order to reduce CO₂ emissions, a roadmap with targets was defined. "We are working on different methods," Haffelder continued. Supporting emission reduction projects is a first, but by no means the last, step in the journey to more sustainability.

Sustainability, environmental protection and healthy living have long been key elements of the corporate focus at nora systems. This is confirmed by the quantity of certifications awarded by authorities and associations. In 1996, the company became the first manufacturer of elastic floor coverings in the world to be certified to the ISO 14001 standard for its environmental management system. nora floor coverings contain no harmful plasticisers or halogens. In 2006, our floors were the first resilient floor coverings ever to be awarded the Blue Angel eco label. Furthermore, nora systems is a founding member of the German Sustainable Building Council (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen e.V. – DGNB). In early 2011, the company became the first manufacturer of elastic floor coverings to meet the Environmental Product Declaration (EPDs) for its products in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14025. EPDs are used to evaluate the sustainability of products. Another step was taken in 2018: From 2018 onwards, nora systems will draw all their power requirements from renewable sources. With this change, the company has committed to eco-friendly energy production and energy consumption and is making a valuable contribution to protecting the environment and climate.*

: 1) Dominik Münich, Grasbrunn / München; 2) CR-BEELDWERKEN; 3-6) Elmar Witt

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research center with nora floor coverings

rubber as a raw material

Production nora floor coverings: dyestuffs and auxiliary materials

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production plant nora floor coverings

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About nora systems

nora by Interface is the commercial rubber flooring brand of Interface, Inc. Produced in Germany for more than 65 years, nora premium rubber helps to support operations, efficiencies, health, safety and well-being with sustainable flooring that eases maintenance, reduces noise, and provides added comfort underfoot.

Interface, Inc. is a global flooring company specializing in carbon neutral carpet tile and resilient flooring, including luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and nora® rubber flooring. We help our customers create high-performance interior spaces that support well-being, productivity, and creativity, as well as the sustainability of the planet. Our mission, Climate Take Back™, invites you to join us as we commit to operating in a way that is restorative to the planet and creates a climate fit for life.

Learn more about Interface at interface.com and blog.interface.com, our nora brand at nora.com, and our FLOR® brand at FLOR.com.

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