Environmental Protection Foundry Becomes Climate-Neutral
Föhl proves that even an energy-intensive company such as a foundry for zinc die casting and plastic injection molding may be climate neutral. Since 2020, all German plants have been operating without CO2 emissions.
"We are very much looking forward to working climate-neutrally from January 01st, 2020 and to being one of the first, or perhaps even the first foundry not to leave a CO2 footprint", announced Dr. Kirkorowicz, Managing Director of Adolf Föhl GmbH & Co KG. already at the end of 2019. According to a statement by the company, Föhl has been dealing with the subject of sustainability for decades. The company formulated an environmental policy for resource-saving production and already in 1996 it was the second company in the Rems-Murr district to be certified in accordance with the EMAS Eco Audit. This voluntary certification is linked to a material balance sheet of all our production sites. Each individual site is validated by an independent environmental auditor, who determines the extent to which the environmental goals are met and publishes an annual environmental statement.
Environmental goals are derived from this statement each year, which specifies that the company continuously has to reduce CO2 emissions as well as waste and energy quantities as far as possible. In addition, pollutants in production should always be replaced wherever possible. In this way, Föhl wants to continuously increase its energy efficiency.
Environmentally Friendly Technologies
At EUROGUSS 2020, Föhl presented a nanocoating which represents a green alternative to electroplating. With this new method, up to 70 % energy and 90 % material can be saved compared to conventional electroplating. The company's environmental management also includes the development of a new burner technology, which will lead to savings of 645,000 kWh per year.