We at Kinetronics Europe GmbH certainly cannot save the planet alone. And yet we can make our personal contribution to protecting the environment and conserving resources. That's why we have been turning the small adjusting screws in our company for a long time, trying to reduce our energy and material consumption.
Emissions due to energy consumption of the building:
Prior to our move to Meckenheim in 2015, the existing building was converted to 100% LED lighting. We also installed an extremely efficient heating system with high support from solar thermal. Since our computers and monitors were outdated at the time, we were able to switch to energy efficient systems at that time. Our next project is a largely self-sufficient energy supply, which we will implement by 2024 using a large photovoltaic system. Further savings in emissions were made possible by the spatial consolidation of our two affiliated companies Rosorius GmbH and Kitotec GmbH at the new site in Meckenheim.
Emissions from journeys to the workplace:
As a result of our move to Meckenheim, the Kinetronics Europe GmbH team was able to save around 500 hours of driving to and from work each year. In addition, one passenger car was completely replaced by e-bikes. After the installation of the new photovoltaic system, a changeover to vehicles with electric drive will take place, as it is only through the use of cleanly produced energy that the changeover is truly sustainable for us.
Emissions from service trips:
The products we offer do not require travel for service work. As a result, we do not generate any emissions from travel for any repairs or installations.
Emissions from trade shows:
We completely stopped our trade show activities back in 2008, as a lot of energy and material is consumed through travel, transportation and trade show construction. Looking at the mountains of waste on the day of construction and dismantling of the trade fairs showed us that this distribution channel for our products is no longer up-to-date and responsible.
Emissions from sales trips:
Due to the nature, application and design of our products, our customers do not require presentations of the goods we offer. Technical questions can be fully clarified by telephone or video conference. We are aware of the fact that the statement "We do not conduct sales tours and demonstrations" may in rare cases discourage customers from purchasing products from us. We accept the possible loss of sales this may cause in terms of a more sustainable way of working.
Reducing packaging materials:
The little things make a difference: We don't use plastic tape and plastic delivery bags, only paper-based materials that recycle well. We get 100% of our inner packaging from Piel Wohnen und Schenken in Meckenheim. This inner packaging for glass and porcelain is absolutely clean and by using it a second time, we thereby achieve at least a halving of waste. The same applies to sturdy, clean cardboard boxes that are tailored to the size of the goods. Pallets are generally not used by us. Precise descriptions in our web store and good advice mean that it is extremely rare for incorrect orders to be placed, resulting in additional packaging and transport activities.
Reduction of paper consumption:
By using modern software, we now avoid more than 70% of the previous paper consumption. Due to the permanent further development of digitalization at Kinetronics Europe GmbH, this value is constantly being improved. Even though it has been criticized from time to time, we have been doing without the production of catalogs and brochures for many years. This has completely eliminated the consumption of many tons of paper as well as ink, chemicals and proportional emissions from mailing catalogs.
Emissions from waste and its transport:
We are very pleased that by reusing 99% of all incoming packaging materials, we have been able to completely dispense with our own waste garbage cans and use the garbage cans of our associated company Kitotec GmbH for the small residual quantities that arise.
Emissions from the production and transport of parts:
Our products are manufactured exclusively by our colleagues at Kinetronics Corp. in Sarasota FL USA. Kinetronics Corp. strives to operate as sustainably as possible in production, material purchasing and transportation. When sourcing material from the USA, we pay attention to sensible planning to avoid unnecessary transports and packaging materials and to keep the volume as low as possible through a well thought-out packaging system.
Recycling of our devices:
The construction of our devices is designed in such a way that they can be easily and quickly dismantled again at any time and the individual components can be fed into the recycling cycle. The construction is designed to be able to repair equipment even after many years of use. As a matter of principle, we take back equipment supplied by us for proper disposal. Should we determine during the inspection of the goods that they can still be repaired and that this also makes economic sense, our customers will always receive a message from us regarding this. We would like to avoid unnecessary waste and the waste of resources.
ISO 14001:2015 certification:
In order to provide an organizational structure for our efforts to work more sustainably, we successfully achieved DIN ISO 14001:2015 certification in 2020 and continue to develop it on an ongoing basis.