In an age of global warming and mounting environmental problems, companies must also assume responsibility for the earth as a whole. We design our products, services and processes to be environmentally compatible. Wherever we operate, we take environmental requirements into account and treat natural resources responsibly.
Environmental Management ISO 14001:2004
We have been working with an ISO 14001-certified environmental management system since 2004. At Kärcher Futuretech, CO2 reduction and recycling are not just empty promises, but a commitment. Clear rules for waste separation and waste reduction wherever possible and exclusive use of materials that do not harm the environment are just some of our self-imposed requirements.
Further environmental goals are to reduce the quantity of raw materials and energy required both for making our products and in our daily work. These goals are also consistently required and implemented in the company. We regularly monitor and optimise our activities in the field of environmental protection and conservation of natural resources.
REACH is the European Regulation No. 1907/2006 for the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals, with the aim of improving the control of hazardous chemicals to protect human health and the environment.
We closely follow developments in the requirement to provide information under Article 33 of the EU’s REACH regulation. Immediately after publication of the first Candidate List on 28 October 2008 we contacted our suppliers in order to obtain all the information required. We react promptly to any changes in the Candidate List.
Some substances (SVHCs) in the Candidate List are commonly used, especially DEHP as a softening agent in plastic parts. Products supplied by us may still contain such softening agents, e.g. in electrical cables, hoses, wheels, handles and other parts and components. If used as intended these substances present no danger to health or the environment. Our use of them is in compliance with current statutory regulations. However, in order to preempt potential bans, we are already working hard to substitute these substances in so far as technically feasible.