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Climate / environmental protection

A focal point of our company philosophy is active climate protection, which is underscored by our early filing of environmental management testing under DIN EN ISO 14001:2015, among others.

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We actively protect the environment

smart-TEC has been a completely carbon-neutral company since as early as 2010. We have converted our production to processes that emit less CO2. We offset unavoidable emissions by supporting climate protection projects through the voluntary purchase of official CO2 offset certificates. That’s how the connection between Oberhaching and the African Republic of Uganda came about.

In cooperation with the climate protection experts from ClimatePartner, we are funding a country-wide project for the distribution of energy-efficient cook stoves in Uganda. The unhealthy stoves used until now in the country are wood- or charcoal-fired and have therefore led to massive deforestation. The aim is to protect the national forest reserves and the native species that rely on them and to create new jobs in production and trade. At the same time, the cook stoves help ease the hardship faced by low-income households and improve the health of the local population.

Insulation, heat recovery and refrigerant

By funding climate protection projects, we offset our unavoidable COemissions, which primarily occur during the manufacture of materials we purchase.

But we also keep our own COemissions within the company as low as possible. We place great value on sustainability in our production processes: for example, we implement heat recovery in machine processes and water circuits wherever possible. Our production facilities are also equipped with state-of-the-art refrigeration technology.

Added value for customers without added charges

We think is it especially important for our customers to directly benefit from our environmental management. That’s why we decided to ensure that all of our delivered products are carbon-neutral every step of the way – no ifs, ands or buts. This means that our customers do not have to pay additional charges, which are sometimes normal for our industry, when they wish to purchase an environmentally friendly product. Each of our customers will also receive upon request an individual CO2 certificate for products purchased from the RATHGEBER Group and reduce their own CO2 footprint in a verifiable way.

We are involved in:

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Additional measures to protect the environment

  • Use of compaction systems to optimise the transport of disposable waste

  • Constant auditing of disposal systems

  • All purchased print products are printed in a CO2-neutral manner

  • All business trip flights are CO2-compensated

  • Use of thin clients and energy-saving monitors

  • Regular updates of the CO2 footprint

  • Recovery of machine waste heat

  • State-of-the-art cooling machinery technology (turbo-condenser / optimised energy consumption)

  • Consistent waste separation and return for recycling

  • Closed coolant circuits with well extraction

  • Closed washing systems circuit (sieves, blades, etc.) with filtration and reduction of the volume of waste water in the printing sector to a minimum

  • UV technology without the use of solvents

  • Complete replacement of printing films with state-of-the-art computer-to-screen technology; no use of chemicals!

  • Use of photovoltaics plants for the eco-friendly production of power for in-house use

  • Linking of the environmental and quality policy with an integrated management system

  • State-of-the-art incinerator technology

  • Optimised energy consumptionse of electric vehicles in the company fleet

  • Comprehensive energy optimisation at the Mindelheim production site in 2017

  • Connection of RATHGEBER Oberhaching site to the geothermal grid

  • Large-scale investment in screen cleaning and stripping system with water circulation system at Bystrice n. P. site

  • GoGreen: we also ensure that our post, i.e. all of the packages and letters we send, is carbon-neutral.