Together for more sustainability ...
... in production
The production of locks and fittings is a relatively low-emission and low-pollution activity. For example, the manufacture of our products produces no harmful fumes or waste products. And our production process does not use any substances that are harmful to the environment.
However, various metal and steel products are required to produce our extensive range of lock components and fittings and steel production can sometimes be extremely energy-intensive. The process required to economically produce “green steel” is still in the development stage. At FUHR we do our best avoid any unnecessary consumption of resources during the preliminary stages thanks to continuous quality controls alongside production and increased use of standard materials.
The recycling rate of steel is as high as 90%. Steel can also be recycled multiple times. We therefore collect all metallic production waste and feed it back into the production cycle. Our lock components and fittings can all be recycled at the end of their lifecycle as part of the circular economy.
... as for our products
A number of our products come with so-called EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations). This provides environment-related information on our products, including details from their manufacture all the way to their installation. This transparency is necessary to meet the requirements for sustainable construction under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and improve the life-cycle assessment of buildings.
The high quality of our products guarantees a long service life, saving costs for the end user while preventing any unnecessary use of resources. Together with our partners, we strive to make the supply chain as “clean” as possible, assessing and evaluating our suppliers on the basis of their own commitment to environmental protection. In accordance with the REACH and RoHS regulations, we are reducing the use of chemicals that are harmful to health and the environment and other hazardous substances in the manufacture of our locks and fittings, using them only where absolutely technically necessary.
FUHR has created a CO₂ footprint for its in-house production and upstream processes over the past few years. Together with our partners, we are working to use this knowledge in the production of particular products with the aim of determining a detailed CO₂ footprint for each individual item. We plan to use this information to improve the ecological balance of a product throughout its entire life cycle.
... as for our site
FUHR took part in the ÖKOPROFIT project together with regional businesses and experts. Through a system of coordinated measures, the company has managed to increase its eco-efficiency while reducing its costs. The key themes here are the reduction of water and energy consumption, as well as waste reduction and increasing material efficiency. FUHR now saves more than 119.4 tonnes of CO₂ per year and has been awarded with an ÖKOPROFIT® certification.
Going one step further, in 2020, FUHR also created a CO₂ footprint using Effizienz-Agentur NRW’s ecocockpit service. This allowed FUHR to assess and take stock of the direct and indirect emissions of its own production steps and any upstream processes. FUHR has also been using energy exclusively from renewable sources and CO₂-compensated gas since 2020, ensuring that its production process is as climate-neutral as possible.
Building on the insights gained from ÖKOPROFIT, a certified environmental management system will now be introduced in 2023.
Environmental protection measures at the Heiligenhaus site:
- Replacement of the heating system in the main plant
- Operation of the complete heating system using climate-neutral gas
- Compressed-air conditioning with heat recovery in production
- Use of energy from renewable sources
- Solar panels on the administration building for generating our own energy
- Switchover to energy-saving LED lighting
- Temperature control management for laser cutting and eroding machines
- Streamlining of work steps and optimisation of operating time for energy-intensive equipment
- Partial replacement of factory building windows and roofing
- Lots of smaller measures for reducing energy consumption at workstations, separating and reducing waste, reducing paper consumption and much more