Environmental Protection

Environmental protection has a long tradition at Klaeser.

In respect to more sustainability in the enterprise, the ecological effects and potentials for conservation and more efficiency are examined in connection with all business activities.

The basis is preventative environmental protection, which places its focus on employees, technology, emissions and legal security. During the years 2012/2013, Klaeser was able to contribute to environmental relief and reduce opera­tional costs for the company with various measures within the context of an eco-profit project in Vest Recklinghausen

Measure Year
Construction of a cleaning facility for tankers 1970
Renovation of the waste-processing facility for tanker cleaning 1984
Construction of a new depot for production materials and waste materials for tanker cleaning 1994
Construction of a new depot for tank containers with a gantry crane 2008
Reconstruction of waste water system (cleaning tanker interiors, external washing, steam generation) 2012
Participation in ECO-PROFIT project in Vest Recklinghausen 2012/2013 2013
Rain water project: Separation of the drainage system for the main grounds from the sewage system 2013
Installation of two cisterns for the collection of rain water 2013
Utilization of rain water for external washing 2013

In the future as well, experiences from this project will serve as a foundation for additional improvements in the overall eco-balance, and thus, serve to reduce costs.

Reduction of Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions

Klaeser owns a modern fleet of motor vehicles with efficient, low-emission engines. Additionally, modern telematic systems have been installed which signal running reports about fuel consumption and driving style to the driver through a data interface. In this way, a more defensive and anticipatory mode of driving is encouraged which can help prevent many accidents. The technical limitation of the maximum driving speed also makes a similar contribution.


Additional Measures

Reduction of Electricity Use

Due to its production sites and cleaning facilities, Klaeser is an energy-intensive enterprise. Efforts are being made to reduce electricity use on a long-term basis by lowering peak loads, or through specific measures such as increasing the portion of LED lighting, improved maintenance / sealing off our air pressure network / the installation of energy- efficient pumps, machines, etc.

Reduction of Fresh Water Consumption

ln the framework of a rain water project, rain water is being collected in 2 large cisterns on our company grounds in Herten, and will be used for preliminary washing in our exterior cleaning facility. This will considerably reduce the consumption of fresh water. In addition to this, security is heightened for our company grounds in case of emergencies.

Reduction of Waste Water

Driving personnel has been instructed to pay attention to ensure the best possible emptying of transport containers. Larger amounts of residual material are removed prior to cleaning in order to avoid the unnecessary pollution of waste water. The cleaning of tankers is IT-supported and cleaning agents are implemented in product-specific doses. By means of strand-splitting (water-soluble goods, non-water-soluble goods), added waste water pollution is minimized and preliminary procedures are facilitated.

Waste water from tank cleaning is pre-treated and only after that channelled to the public sewage system. The adherence to statutory safety limits is constantly monitored.

Reduction of Waste

ln this context, unnecessary packing material is avoided when goods are purchased in bulk amounts. In respect to the use of hazardous substances, we are always searching for substitute materials that are compatible with the environment. Waste from the company administration, engineering and tank cleaning is separated with precision and led to the next processing stage or disposal. Amounts and costs of waste are regularly monitored in respect to possible reductions.