We are working to further reduce the consumption of energy and resources and to cut costs through optimized operating processes. Our commitment has received several external awards.
Our goal is to act as environmentally conscious as possible and to meet our ecological responsibility. This applies in particular to the raw materials we process, but also to our energy and water consumption, our emissions, and the amount of waste and wastewater.
UPDATE: A modern modular photovoltaic system has been supplying electricity on around 1,900 square metres since November 2021. Masterflex's production facility, which is directly connected to the Gelsenkirchen headquarters, now has the opportunity to use green electricity to further optimise its balance sheet in terms of sustainability.
In terms of figures, Masterflex's production facility will be able to use green electricity.
In figures, it is calculated that 340,000 kWh of sustainably produced electricity will be used. This investment of around € 300,000 will pay for itself well. If the calculations carried out in advance are correct, massive electricity costs and - compared to 2019 - (based on the emission factor at the time) around 138 tons of climate-damaging CO2 can be saved. (Find the news story on the subject here)
The production of hoses and hose systems made of high-performance plastics and fabrics in Gelsenkirchen was 2016 and 2017 expanded and now - as a building block of the Masterflex Group's sustainability strategy - optimized with the energetic use of the roof areas. The self-produced electricity can now be used directly in ongoing production. A further step has been taken towards climate neutrality.
In the production of our high-tech hoses and connection systems, we mainly use polymers that do not contain toxic components. We consistently minimize the use of plastics, metals and energy. This reduces costs and relieves the environment.
In the production process of our profile extruded PUR hoses, waste is generated. By optimising our production facilities and manufacturing processes, we continuously reduce the amount of waste as much as possible. In the case of waste that is nevertheless generated, a distinction is made between reuse, recycling and other types of waste, such as energy recovery. Scrap that is generated during the start and end of production is recycled as far as possible: Wires and polyurethane are separated and resold. Disposal is only permitted if recycling is technically not possible or economically not reasonable.
With our transport packaging, we make sure that the consumption of resources is reduced by using so-called deposit boxes, among other things. Our packaging regulations take into account not only quality requirements, but also environmental requirements. We obtain our raw materials almost exclusively from EU countries, which reduces our dependence on energy-intensive imports.
At the Gelsenkirchen site, we have invested in ultra-modern production facilities with reduced energy consumption.
In addition, we are reducing primary energy requirements and meeting ecological requirements through new heat recovery systems. In the heat recovery plants, the hall air heated by production processes is passed through heat exchangers. The supercharged heat exchangers then heat up the fresh outside air to such an extent that the air climate in the production halls is pleasantly temperate and at the same time good. In the ideal case, energy savings of up to 95 percent can be achieved.
We also use modern LED lighting technology. In addition to the quality of light, its advantages include its energy efficiency, long service life and environmental friendliness. LED lamps are also free of toxic substances and reduce CO2 emissions considerably.
We also want to use energy as efficiently as possible in our own processes and contribute to global climate protection by reducing CO2 emissions. There are no evaluations available yet that provide information on greenhouse gas emissions according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol or standards based on it.