Sustainability is very important for 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.
With a view to greater sustainability, all activities in the company are examined with regard to their ecological impact and possible savings potential.
Our participation and engagement in the UN Global Compact
By joining the initiative, we have also committed to its <Ten Principles> and the United Nations’ Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs). We will publish an annual progress report on our commitment starting in 2024.
Considering current global challenges it is particularly important for us to reaffirm our commitment to sustainability and the Ten Principles. Therefore, we are now a member of the newly registered association <UN Global Compact Netzwerk Deutschland e. V.>!
Some examples of concrete measures to improve sustainability in the company:
Reduction of Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions
Klaeser has a modern fleet of vehicles with economical and low-emission engines. The first 2 tractor units with LNG-powered engines (LNG=liquefied natural gas) are being used as part of the fuel station supply for Shell. A further 10 vehicles have been ordered and will be delivered in 2023.
For this purpose, modern telematics systems are used, which provide the driver with feedback on fuel consumption and driving style via a data interface to the vehicle. This promotes a more defensive and anticipatory driving behaviour, which can prevent accidents. In addition, a technical limitation of the maximum speed also contributes to a fuel-saving and defensive driving style.
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.
Participation in the Klima.Profit NRW 2023 project
Klaeser is participating in the <Klima.Profit 2023 project in NRW> at its Herten site. In cooperation with other companies, a process lasting around 10 months is being carried out by trained consultants with the aim of developing and implementing individual solutions and measures for adapting to climate change.
Reduction of fresh water comsumption / Reduction of waste water load
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.
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.