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Environment and quality

Focus on sparing use of resources – clear production targets

ElringKlinger has the explicit goal of devoting approximately 1 % of the Group’s total investments* per year to measures aimed at cutting emissions. To this end, ElringKlinger will continue to improve its internal processes and invest in intelligent, modern production systems with sparing use of resources in order to reduce emissions from all production sites as much as possible while maintaining its high quality standards. When it comes to the construction of new facilities, renovations, and restoration work, moreover, ElringKlinger invariably takes environmental aspects and energy saving measures into consideration.

* Investments made to achieve goals (and especially additional investments in energy-saving measures) include certain investments in land and buildings, technical systems and machinery, and other equipment (operating and office equipment).

Since its Original Equipment and Aftermarket business has an impact on the environment at every stage of the product life cycle, ElringKlinger has introduced high environmental and quality standards worldwide. As a result, all production sites of the ElringKlinger Group are certified in accordance with automotive industry standards TS 16949 or ISO 9001 (with the exception of Indonesia). In addition, all production sites apply an environmental management system as per ISO 14001.

Furthermore, in 2016 ElringKlinger launched its energy management system in accordance with ISO 50001. This will help harness previously untapped energy efficiency potential, scale back energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (such as CO2). The new energy management system will make an important contribution to environmental protection.

Find out more environmental indicators of the ElringKlinger Group in the "Data & Facts" section. 

Current projects

Construction of the logistics center in Dettingen/Erms

The new logistics center in Dettingen/Erms went into operation and was reflected in the figures for the first time in 2017. Energy consumption for the new structure surpassed the requirements of the energy saving ordinance by 30 %. The additional costs were included in investment measures for 2017 linked to emissions reduction projects. ElringKlinger has the expressed goal of surpassing the requirements of the energy saving ordinance wherever possible in every new building and full redevelopment.

Waste management

Waste management is an integral part of the overall environmental management system. All employees are encouraged to avoid waste to the greatest extent possible and, where this is unavoidable, separate waste materials neatly in order to reduce the overall volume of residual waste. ElringKlinger is also undertaking consistent efforts to minimize the waste volume through process optimization. In the near future, guidelines on the standardization of environmentally relevant processes will be drawn up; these will also define the basic requirements for waste management. There are also regular staff training sessions on the separation, collection, packaging, and labeling of waste.

The five-level waste hierarchy defined by the German Closed Cycle Management and Waste Act (Kreislaufwirtschaftsgesetz) plays an important role at ElringKlinger in Germany. Where possible, the Group seeks to utilize valuable resources as effectively as possible while maintaining a high recycling ratio. For this reason, most of the Group’s waste is passed to recycling enterprises for re-use.

Award for environmentally sound production

ElringKlinger is also recognized for its environmental commitment abroad: ElringKlinger TR Otomotiv Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. has received an Environmental Plant Award from the municipality of Bursa in Turkey. The award recognizes particularly environmentally sound production that is making an important difference to the town’s future. Alongside ElringKlinger, 14 other production companies in Bursa were singled out for awards.

Use of wind power in Redcar/England

In September 2014, construction of a wind power system was completed at our UK ElringKlinger plant in Redcar. The coastal location of our plant provides the ideal conditions for generating power from wind turbines. The system has been operating since December 2014 and, at average wind speeds of 6.1m/sec, produces around 1,400 MWh of green power. This has led to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 600 tons per annum.

Reducing unnecessary transportation

A new, two-storey packaging logistics center with a 3,500 m2 footprint features a cleaning system for the type of reusable containers used by the Automobile Association to deliver the various products. In the past, such containers had to be transported from the ElringKlinger plants of Dettingen/Erms and Runkel by an external service provider some 150 km to Heidelberg, where they were cleaned after use and then returned to the original locations. In future, with the help of staff from the charity organization BruderhausDiakonie, over 4,500 containers a day will be able to be cleaned and made ready for reuse and recall at the Dettingen plant itself. This will save time and money and, above all, protect the environment from unnecessary transportation.

Purchase of new cogeneration system in Dettingen/Erms

In mid-2014, a combined head and power system (CHP) was commissioned at the Dettingen/Erms headquarters. The CHP units are augmented by an absorption cooler that allows waste heat to be used for cooling purposes in summer. This means any heat generated can be used the whole year round.