We are committed to sustainable and responsible use of the environment and natural resources at its sites.
A certified energy management system in accordance with ISO 50001 has been in place at our German production sites of Altenberge, Toddin, Vreden and Gotha and our office buildings in Hortstmar since 2014. Our energy objective is to reduce consumption on an ongoing basis.
Our goal is to reduce CO2 emissions per trailer by half by 2035. The zero measurement is currently being prepared on the basis of financial years 2019 / 20 and 2020 / 21. The values are being recorded step by step and specifications for implementation in the various plants are being drawn up.
Green power for other plants
For other plants, the increased use of green power is on our agenda, as demonstrated by the project in our new factory in Zaragoza, Spain. In Altenberge, initial discussions are underway with the energy supplier to have all the plant’s energy generated by wind power.
Green power for our factory in Spain
Schmitz Cargobull will be opening a new factory in Spain in 2022. The plant in Zaragoza is due to be equipped with 2,300 square metres on its roof. The electricity generated from these panels will be used for production and in the offices. The plan is to produce 700,000 kWh per year. Schmitz Cargobull has invested large sums in this project and we are forecasting five-digit cost savings each year. The project offers further potential for growth, for example by increasing capacity or using storage modules.
Careful approach to auxiliary and operating materials
During our production process, Schmitz Cargobull uses a range of auxiliary and operating materials that are subject to hazardous goods/substances regulations. In some cases, certain environmental stipulations must be observed when using these types of environment-relevant substances.
Clever clogs – Apprentices awarded safety prize
In November 2020, apprentices at the Altenberge plant were awarded the “Schlauer Fuchs” (“Clever Clogs”) safety award by the wood and metal workers association in Germany. Our apprentices developed a disposal system that improved occupational safety and ergonomics at work.