Sustainability

Sustainability is playing an increasingly important role in all areas of our society. We at Craemer are also aware of our social, ecological and economic responsibilities!

Carbon footprint and sustainability strategy

We are currently developing a sustainability strategy to reduce and eliminate carbon emissions at all our sites. As a first step, we have calculated the carbon footprint of our headquarters (Craemer GmbH) for the financial year 2021. The next step will be to look at the carbon footprint of our plastic and metal products. The fact that we are on the right track in terms of sustainability is also proven by the EcoVadis Silver Medal 2023 awarded to Craemer GmbH. 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

In order to strengthen our commitment to sustainability, to bring it together across departments and sites, to promote it and to communicate it transparently, we set up a Sustainability Team at the beginning of 2021. 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.

Every journey begins with a first step. We have already taken a few, which already add up to a big step. Here are a few examples:

 

Sustainability assessments
- Certification by EcoVadis

Sustainable buildings
– Craemer GmbH, Site Oelde
– Craemer UK Ltd, Site A in Telford

Climate-friendly energy use
- Green electricity
- Guaranteed green gas
- Self-generated electricity
- Electric vehicles

Environmental sustainability projects
– Eco Walk area
– Craemer bees
– Sand lizard and common pipistrelle bat

Circular economy
- Durable Craemer plastic products
- Taking back discarded plastic products
- Upcycling of trade fair banners

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Sustainability assessments

Certification by EcoVadis

In May 2023, Craemer GmbH has been awarded the silver medal for its achievements in the areas of sustainability and corporate social responsibility by the globally active and recognised rating agency EcoVadis SAS (https://ecovadis.com), based in Paris. This places Craemer GmbH, with its metal forming, plastics processing and toolmaking divisions, in the top quarter of more than 100,000 evaluated companies in 175 countries. The EcoVadis assessment is based on a point system in four categories: environment, labour and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement.

Download the EcoVadis certificate:

EcoVadis Certificate 2023

Ecovadis Medaille 2023

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).

Link to the press release: 

https://www.craemer.com/us/detail/inauguration-of-a-modern-plastic-injection-moulding-plant-near-the-a2-motorway/

Neues Kunststoffspritzgießwerk auf der Aurea

Craemer UK Ltd., site A in Telford

We have been building with sustainability in mind since the beginning of this century. Our first plastic injection moulding plant in Telford, UK, opened in 2006 and 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.

Download the BREEAM certificate:

BREEAM Certificate

Craemer UK Telford

Climate-friendly energy use

Green electricity

The production of our metal formed parts, plastic pallets and containers is very energy-intensive. Since the beginning of 2022, we have been 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!

Download the Green Electricity Certificate (GEC) of Craemer Herzebrock-Clarholz

Download the Green Electricity Certificate (GEC) of Craemer Oelde

Grünstrom

Guaranteed green gas

We have been using green gas at our Herzebrock-Clarholz site since January 2023. This 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.

Download the Guaranteed Eco-Gas Certificate of Craemer Herzebrock-Clarholz

Ökogas

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.

Link to the press release: 

https://www.craemer.com/us/detail/inauguration-of-a-modern-plastic-injection-moulding-plant-near-the-a2-motorway/

Windräder

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.

E-Autos

Environmental sustainability projects

Eco Walk area

Since 2015, employees at Craemer UK have been able to use a 6,000 square metre natural area on the company's premises as a retreat. This green oasis, which includes a pond, a wildflower meadow and a discovery trail with insect hotels, bird nesting boxes and beehives, is maintained by volunteer Craemer employees and family members in their free time. And the eco-path area has long since become a valuable biotope. In 2018, the project was awarded a Sustainable Business Award by an initiative of local companies and public institutions to support corporate environmental protection.

Link to the press release: https://larac.org.uk/blog/shropshire-based-craemer-uk-wins-environmental-business-award

Öko-Weg-Areal

Craemer bees

Honeybee colonies help pollinate plants, including flowers, fruit trees, or crops. To set an example for this small but important insect, Craemer is providing ten bee colonies with a green home. Four beehives each have been set up in a sheltered green area on our premises in Herzebrock-Clarholz (since 2022) and Oelde (since 2023). 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. Since 2018, two bee colonies have been living on the premises of Craemer UK in Telford. These British bees are looked after by local beekeeper Alison Wakeman. Honey harvested from all sites is then sold to employees.

Craemer Bienen

Sand lizard and common pipistrelle bat

In order to increase the number of sand lizards, we have created suitable habitats for the endangered reptile along the railway tracks on our Herzebrock-Clarholz site.
To protect the common pipistrelle bat, we created a flight path and planted it with flowering shrubs at our headquarters in 2016 ahead of building extensions. 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.

Zauneidechsen

Circular Economy

Durable Craemer plastic products

Our pallets, boxes and containers are made exclusively from high-quality polyethylene. They are extremely stable and therefore durable, sustainable, and economical. Unlike wood, they are also splinter-free, hygienic, maintenance-free and 100 percent recyclable. 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.

Download the EURO H1 Test Report of Fraunhofer Institute
Virginia Tech Test: https://www.craemer.com/us/products/plastic-pallets/heavy-duty-plastic-pallets/

Produktübersicht

Taking back waste plastic products

We are happy to take back discarded Craemer products and use them to make new high-quality plastic pallets, boxes and containers. This is made possible by our extruder machine park at our German plastic injection moulding plants and our decades of know-how. This is our way of producing high-quality raw materials from discarded plastic products. We do not currently have extruders at our UK injection moulding plants, but we have also used materials from discarded plastic products there. Craemer's waste products are taken back by an external service provider who supplies us with the washed and shredded material for recycling.

Kunststoffgranulat

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.

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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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