We are serious about our responsibilities to the natural world and its inhabitants. Making our processes and structures even more sustainable continues to be one of our top priorities. We aim to go on reducing our ecological footprint.
At our head office in Wolfach, we have always been committed to utilizing hydropower. Our turbine system there was originally installed way back in the mid-1950s. The last time we modernized it was in 2014, installing a photovoltaic system on the new turbine house. Our hydropower nature trail shows visitors our special connection with hydropower.
Leipold uses forward-thinking energy management in its own production operations. For example, an efficient heat recovery system saves precious energy at our Dransfeld site. Our U.S. site has a modern plant-cooling system that requires far less energy than conventional processes. And our Wolfach production facility has modern shop floor ventilation. We are working to make our processes more and more energy efficient.
We use a range of metals in our day-to-day work. So we feel it’s all the more important not to waste materials. We ensure that all our processes use them as efficiently as possible. We also send all our waste material for comprehensive recycling so that we contribute to sustainability and reuse in the metalworking industry.
We are replacing hazardous production resources with sustainable substances for our materials processing. This includes dispensing with all halogenated solvents during parts cleaning. Our Wolfach production operations were converted to alternative cleaning agents back in 2014. In addition, we now use modified alcohol or water-based cleaning solutions exclusively.
All of our sustainability work is brought together in an integrated management system that has been externally validated in line with the most stringent standards in the world. Our German sites have been EMAS (Eco Management and Audit System) certified since 2015.