Chemical use. Emissions. Consumption of energy. Levels of waste and noise. All our factories and buildings meet our stringent internal standard, and our operations are ISO 14001 certified.
We look at each part of our process in turn, and make the necessary changes to lower our impact. By switching the energy sources for our heating and electricity, for example, we dramatically reduce the climate impact from our factories. We’ve also lowered the solvent emissions from our cab paint shop in Umeå, so it’s now the lowest in our industry.
Change is in the air
Today our plants in Ghent, Tuve and Umeå are close to zero CO2 emissions. But we will continue until all our plants are CO2 free.
Low energy light bulbs. Increased temperature control. More efficient hydraulic tools. These are just some of the ways we’ve improved energy efficiency at our factories. In fact, just switching to more energy-efficient light bulbs halved our electricity consumption in Ghent.
Eliminating idle running
We’re also reducing idle running time across our business by optimising production and switching machines off when they’re not being used. Significantly reducing energy losses.
Our objective is to reduce our CO2 emissions by 20% by the year 2020.
Better capacity utilisation. Improved control and management of goods flow. This helped us lower fuel consumption and emissions.
We’ve also challenged the transporting companies working for us to reduce their CO2.
Our first CO2-neutral dealership opened in Verona, Italy, in 2008. There, they use solar power and other energy alternatives. Not all of our dealers and workshops are CO2-neutral - yet. But we’re working on it. In the meantime, each dealer meets our environmental requirements and ISO 14001 certification.