The balance between man – planet - prosperity

Lemahieu Group strives for continuous improvement of environmental, financial-economic and social performance in all its processes and divisions. From purchasing to production and from investments to human resources management, the Lemahieu Group takes its responsibility to maximise its positive impact in the area of PLANET-PEOPLE-PROSPERITY.

More than 70% from sustainably managed forests

> Planet

Over 70% of our products comes from sustainably managed forests and, therefore, meets the highest standards, guaranteed by PEFC or FSC® certification. Lemahieu-Lempan strictly complies with the EUTR directives. In this way, we guarantee that only legally harvested timber is used and our partners receive fair prices.

We are committed to responsible forest management:

  • FSC®-certified since 2002

  • PEFC-certified since 2006

Timber gives oxygen

No other building material has as many environmental benefits as timber. Trees not only store CO₂ during their lifetime, but logging is becoming increasingly regulated every year, which means that sustainably managed forests are gradually becoming the norm.

The Lemahieu Group has been committed to responsible forest management by being FSC-certified since 2002 and PEFC-certified since 2006.

Video: Timber gives oxygen (bron: Wood.be)

Environmentally-friendly investments to safeguard the future of the next generation

Building in timber contributes to the much-needed CO₂ reduction. So, it’s no surprise that timber is seen as the building material of the future. However, there are often still too many restrictions on the use of timber in all construction applications. By investing in the latest, most environmentally-friendly technologies and product innovations, we want to encourage and expand the use of timber and panels in construction and interior design.

This vision was confirmed by:

  1. The establishment of our subsidiary LDCwood, so that ThermoWood® can now be produced in Belgium.

  2. A new division, Lemahieu Fire Protection®, which broadens timber applications in the project market by treating timber and panels with fire-retardant to achieve the required reaction to fire classification.

  3. The expansion of our impregnation capacity will increase our range of preserved local timber species.

Climate Strategy and LEAN philosophy

As a follower of the LEAN philosophy, we focus on creating value for our customers and employee satisfaction in all our business processes. This also means that we track and resolve any waste issues in our flow, such as overproduction, unnecessary waiting times, unused assets. This also includes a responsible energy policy and making employees aware of the energy consumption of appliances, packaging, and waste management.

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Towards a carbon-neutral future with CO2logic

The independent climate consulting agency CO2logic and certification body Vinçotte have made an analysis of our carbon emissions scope 1+2, as well as a significant part of the relevant scope 3 emissions, i.e., commuting, business travel, waste processing, paper procurement, and indirect scope 1+2 emissions.

We then set out our ambitions to reduce our ecological footprint and meet the European climate targets in a climate strategy.

Some actions of the past years:

The recovery of rainwater in our production process.
The recovery of rainwater in our production process.
The heating of our production site on timber shavings.
The heating of our production site on timber shavings.
The installation of a wind turbine that supplies us with green electricity.
The installation of a wind turbine that supplies us with green electricity.

Our efforts in recent years to reduce our environmental impact have earned us carbon-neutral certification in 2021. We offset our unavoidable residual emissions by supporting two CO2logic-certified climate projects: The Uganda Water Project and the Zambia Forestry Project

Our ambition for 2021

In 2021, we will take it a step further and continue our efforts to reduce our carbon emissions on two fronts: transport and energy. From 2022, our investments in solar panels and the switch to hybrid cars should result in a 25% reduction in emissions. Furthermore, we will keep supporting CO2logic’s climate projects to offset our residual emissions.

PLEASURE to the people

> People

Wood literally oxygenates our planet, but also our internal activities and relationships with our stakeholders. We see suppliers as our partners: We build long-term relationships with mutual respect and trust.

By purchasing timber with FSC® and PEFC certification, we give priority to suppliers who take into account the local population and contribute to their well-being, and who allow workers to work in proper and safe conditions.

But our employees are our most precious assets. Every day, they are committed to shaping the future of timber as a sustainable building material. We want to achieve an inclusive work organisation where all employees are respected and treated equally.

Lemahieu Group wants to create a pleasant working environment in its branches in Ghent and Ostend by focusing on development opportunities, informal activities, and business facilities.

A strong foundation to safeguard the future of our customers and employees

> Prosperity

Since 1932, Lemahieu Group has established a solid reputation in the market. By selling timber products and panels, the Lemahieu Group creates economic added value for its employees and customers and strives for a balance between PLANET-PEOPLE-PROSPERITY.

Lemahieu Group aims for a long-term relationship with a strong focus on service, openness and transparency.