Sustainability
Sustainability

Statement of the management: Action plan to reduce CO2 emissions

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Sustainability

In all aspects of our society, sustainability is becoming increasingly important. The Craemer Group recognises its social, ecological and economic responsibilities and is taking active steps towards a sustainable future. 

Carbon footprint and sustainability strategy

Our journey began with calculating the carbon footprint of our Craemer GmbH headquarters for the financial year 2021. This gave us reliable figures for what we are currently developing: a comprehensive sustainability strategy that aims towards reducing and eliminating carbon emissions at all our sites. This will also take us to looking at the carbon footprints of our products in metal forming and plastics processing. In 2023, the Craemer GmbH received the EcoVadis Silver Medal. For us, that is proof of being on the right track. We will keep you informed about this award, other results and activities on this website and on our social media channels. Be sure to check back from time to time!

The Craemer Sustainability Team

At the beginning of 2021, we set up a dedicated team of motivated employees from a variety of departments that work closely together in order to strengthen our commitment to sustainability, to promote it and to communicate it transparently across all sites. The core of the team is made up of representatives from the Senior Management and employees from Purchasing, Waste Management and Environment, Quality Management, Industrial Engineering, Marketing and Public Relations.

Here are a few examples of what we have achieved so far:

Certification by EcoVadis

In May 2023, the renowned sustainability rating ageny EcoVadis SAS -  which is based in Paris but globally active - awared the Craemer GmbH with a silver medal for its achievements in the areas of sustainability and corporate social responsibility. EcoVadis assesses a company's efforts based on a point system in the four categories environment, labour and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. With its silver medal, Craemer GmbH ranks in the top quarter of over 100,000 evaluated companies in a total of 175 countries.

EcoVadis

Sustainable buildings

Craemer GmbH, site in Oelde

Our new plastic injection moulding plant in the Aurea Industrial Park, Germany, (inaugurated in early 2023) consumes only 55 percent of the energy of a conventional new building. It was built to KfW-55, a standard for energy-efficient buildings developed by KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau; German reconstruction loan corporation).

Craemer Oelde

Craemer UK Ltd., site A in Telford

Since the beginning of this century, Craemer has been building with sustainability in mind. In 2006, we opened our first plastic injection moulding plant in Telford, UK, which was awarded a “Very Good” rating in 2008 by BREEAM, the oldest certification system for sustainable building. BREEAM stands for “Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method” and was developed in the UK in 1990.

Craemer UK Telford

Climate-friendly energy use

Green electricity

Metal forming and plastics processing are highly energy-intensive production areas. In 2022, we began our journey of significantly reducing our electricity consumption at the Herzebrock-Clarholz and Oelde sites with the help of electricity from renewable energy sources, i.e. produced in a carbon-neutral manner (60 percent in 2022 and 100 percent in 2023). At the Herzebrock-Clarholz site, with its metal, plastic and tool production, this will reduce our carbon footprint 2023 by around 50 percent!

Green electricity

Guaranteed green gas

Since January 2023, our Herzebrock-Clarholz site has been using only green gas which means that 100 percent of the carbon emissions from our gas consumption will be offset by funding selected climate protection projects, making our entire gas consumption carbon neutral. Our plastic injection moulding plant in Oelde, which was taken into operation in 2022, does not use any gas at all.

Guaranteed green gas

Self-generated electricity

We will increasingly rely on self-generated, renewable energy for our electricity supply. At the Aurea site, we plan to install a wind turbine with an annual output of 16.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity (equivalent to the power consumption of 5,000 households). Surplus capacity will be fed into the grid our headquarters in Herzebrock. In addition to wind power, we will also be using solar energy at the new site in the foreseeable future – with one photovoltaic system each in the open space below the wind turbine and on the entire roof area.

Self-generated electricity

Electric vehicles

For factory transport between our production sites in Herzebrock-Clarholz and Oelde as well as between our two injection moulding plants in Telford, we use all-electric vehicles, both e-vans and e-cars. This also includes vehicles that are available for other journeys. At our Herzebrock-Clarholz site, our apprentices and trainers have also been using electric vehicles since spring 2023. And a VW ID.3 is available for journeys to vocational school or external appointments.

Electric vehicles

Environmental sustainability projects

Eco Walk Area

Our Craemer UK employees have access to 6,000 square metres of natural area on the company's Telford premises to use as a retreat. The green oasis - which came to life in 2015 and has become a valuable biotope - includes a pond, a wildflower meadow and a discovery trail with insect hotels, bird nesting boxes and beehives. It is maintained by Craemer employees and family members who volunteer in their free time. In 2018, the project was awarded a Sustainable Business Award by an initiative of local companies and public institutions to support corporate environmental protection.

Eco Walk Area

Craemer bees

Honeybees help pollinate plants, including flowers, fruit trees, or crops. Despite their importance for our lives, bees are often overlooked and thus Craemer made it its mission to set an example for this insect by providing green homes to bee colonies. Craemer UK started this journey in 2018, by allowing two bee colonies to live on the Telford premises. These British bees are looked after by local beekeeper Alison Wakeman. In 2022 and 2023 respectively, four beehives each have been set up in a sheltered green area on our German premises in Herzebrock-Clarholz and Oelde. This sustainable project was made possible by beekeeper, wasp and hornet consultant Marion Domke (https://www.imkerei-domke.de/), who runs a family beekeeping business in Wadersloh-Diestedde and rents out bee colonies. Honey harvested from all sites is then sold to employees.

Craemer bees

Sand lizard and common pipistrelle bat

Craemer created habitats for an endangered sand lizard along the railway tracks at its headquarters in Herzebrock-Clarholz. Another endangered animal is the common pipistrelle bat. We created a flight path and planted it with flowering shrubs at our headquarters in 2016 ahead of building extensions in order to ensure its protection. And at Craemer UK, we preserved two oak trees in the middle of our Site A and provided them with nesting boxes for these flying mammals.

 
Sand lizard and common pipistrelle bat

Circular Economy

Durable Craemer plastic products

Craemer load carriers are known to be of exceptional quality and durability. All our pallets, pallet boxes and containers are made exclusively from high-quality polyethylene. This ensures high stability and thus makes our products durable, sustainable and more economical. In comparison to wooden alternatives, they also remain maintenance-free, safe to use and are fully recycable. The longevity of our plastic pallets has also been verified by independent bodies:  In 2007, the Fraunhofer Institute in Dortmund (Germany) certified that our EURO H1 plastic pallet has a service life of more than twelve years and an extremely high load capacity. And in 2022, Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA) confirmed that our inch-size CR4-5 plastic pallet can easily complete more than 500 cycles – far more than any competing pallet.

Durable Craemer plastic products

Taking back waste plastic products

Once our products have reached the end of their lifecycle, we are happy to take back discarded Craemer products and use them to make new high-quality plastic pallets, boxes and containers. Thanks to decades of experience and a state-of-the-art extruder machine park at our German headquarters we are able to produce high-quality raw materials from our old plastic products. The process begins with Craemer waste products being taken back by an external service provider who supplies us with the washed and shredded material for recycling.

Taking back waste plastic products

Upcycling of discarded trade fair banners

First it was PET bottles, then Craemer trade fair banners and now it's backpack bags: upcycled by Craemer, hand-sewn by Westfalenfleiss in Münster, a workshop for disabled people. Each of the 300 backpacks is unique and a small symbol of sustainability! They are given away for free – at trade fairs where we will be present.

Upcycling of discarded trade fair banners

All certificates at a glance

Craemer GmbH 

Herzebrock-Clarholz

DIN EN ISO 14001:2015 (Environment management system)
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DIN EN ISO 50001:2018 (Energy management system)
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Guaranteed gas
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Guaranteed green
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Oelde

DIN EN ISO 14001:2015 (Environment management system)
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DIN EN ISO 50001:2018 (Energy management system)
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Guaranteed green
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Craemer Attendorn GmbH & Co. KG 

DIN EN ISO 14001:2015 (Environment management system)
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Craemer UK Ltd 

DIN EN ISO 14001:2015 (Environment management)
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BREEAM (Building Research Environmental Assessment Method)
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