Clean and safe - SANHA's CSR and environmental protection declaration
1. circular economy
The concept of sustainability is also reflected in the product development and choice of materials. The copper pre-material consists of more than 50 percent recycled material, and SANHA® has also been one of the pioneers of innovative lead-free silicon-bronze press and threaded fittings since 2008.
SANHA has invested heavily in BIM in recent years. Building Information Modelling ensures the following positive effects with regard to recycling:
- the integration of all data related to the reuse of building materials from the design phase thanks to the tools provided.
- the availability of a database that allows the management of material flows throughout their life cycle through a controlled process.
- the optimisation of building maintenance and the recyclability of the materials used to manage and reuse the elements that can be replaced during their life cycle.
- further reducing the burden of non-recyclable materials during the life cycle and after the demolition of a building.
1.2 Development and objective
We continue to meet the requirements according to the ISO standards and try to tighten them continuously. To this end, we regularly have internal and external audits carried out.
In the future, we want to focus even more on sustainable energy generation on our own company land and buildings, such as the use of wind and solar energy. The goal is to complete the current projects for wind turbines and solar plants in the next two years.
In addition, we want to bring even more recyclable materials into the company, both in packaging and consumables.
We continue to invest in BIM optimisation and innovation.
2. CO2 neutrality
One example of this is our new stainless steel moulding production facility in Schmiedefeld near Dresden. A light, modern and highly efficient industrial building was constructed here. From the selection of the substrate to the implementation of friendly and light working conditions, with modern, new production machines to energy-efficient heating through waste heat recovery, the company meets all the requirements it has set itself. For this, SANHA® was awarded the gold certificate "German Sustainable Building" at Expo Real 2009. When constructing new buildings, SANHA® therefore takes CO2 into account, which is why we opted for a passive house.
The number of commercial vehicles has been greatly reduced and there are also strict guidelines for the CO2 emissions of our commercial vehicles.
Conference calls, meetings and cross-country training via MS Teams are heavily used in all our offices. This eliminates a lot of unnecessary travel by both car and plane, drastically reducing CO2 emissions.
Employees can use a system with flexible working hours. In this way, they can avoid traffic jams, which leads to lower fuel consumption and thus lower CO2 emissions.
In 2017, SANHA® was able to save 50 tonnes of CO2 through its (financial) contribution to the activities of the Austrian Working Group for Plastic Pipe Recycling (ÖAKR). Greenhouse gases are released during collection, sorting, transport and recycling. By replacing old plastic pipes with primary materials, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced and raw materials are saved.
Since we work with cloud services, only the server space we really need is used. This leads to a better carbon footprint. Using cloud services results in lower energy consumption than our own previous servers.
On the roof of the production facility in Ternat, 2750 photovoltaic panels with a capacity of 852kWp were installed. This enables the company to produce in an even more environmentally friendly and sustainable way.
2.1 Development and objective
We try to build on the principles we have developed over the years. SANHA®'s energy managers and senior quality manager monitor these targets and tighten them every year.
We are currently renovating the heating and cooling systems, where high efficiency (and therefore lower consumption) is of great importance.
A wind and solar energy project is underway to generate energy for the production of our fittings in a sustainable way.
In the future, we will also look more closely at the extent to which our suppliers contribute to a healthier environment and take this into account when working together.
2.2 Energy policy
Our goal is to continuously reduce the specific energy demand for production, handling and distribution of our products and services. We aim to save energy and align our organisation accordingly to define the best possible energy performance as the goal of our continuous improvement.
We are committed to involving our business partners in the process of improving energy performance (including the purchase of energy-efficient products and services) with the aim of continuously and sustainably increasing energy efficiency.