Commitment to the Environment
“Going green” certainly seems to be the fashion and corporate social responsibility is on everyone's lips at the moment. Social and ecological responsibility at WolfVision, however, has always been a core issue. WolfVision is a family company, and full awareness of subsequent generations and the world that they will live in is, so to say, a part of the company's nature. In addition to the certification for quality management in accordance with ISO 9001, WolfVision also conforms to environmental management standards and is certified under ISO 14001 and ISO 50001. For a European manufacturer like WolfVision, stringent environmental protection directives also apply.
- Directive 2002/95/EG RoHS – Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances.
- Directive 2002/96/EG WEEE – Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.
- Regulation 1907/2006 REACH – Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals.
For WolfVision it is a matter of course that the company's innovative strength enables it to go above and beyond the practices stipulated by the mandatory regulations. Apart from energy saving measures, such as reducing stand-by power consumption, environmental compatibility and friendliness are an integral part of product development. Taking into consideration the very long life cycle of a WolfVision Visualizer and the fact that more than 95% of the product is recyclable, it is evident that environmental conservation is a high priority.
Innovation, quality and sustainability...
...are the three main pillars of our corporate strategy and form the basis of our corporate culture. For many years now we have been committed to making environmental responsibility an integral part of our corporate culture through seven implemented company-wide policies. At WolfVision sustainability does not just start at the product development phase and finish with recycling. Sustainability is a company concern in its entirety; from the building to the people, purchasing to manufacturing, distribution and logistics. The product itself, its use and everything that is associated with it. We don't just talk about social and environmental responsibility. We have a genuine commitment to the environment and the people, and have taken action by implementing workable steps to offer long-term sustainability.
EmployeeTo curb CO2 traffic emissions we cover the travel costs for those employees wishing to take public transport. Furthermore we provide shower and locker room facilities for those employees wishing to come to work by bike. An energy efficient air conditioning system with humidity control together with a number of indoor green plants provide an excellent, healthy environment in our workspaces and rest areas.
Research and DevelopmentInnovation at WolfVision is always ecologically-minded. For example, the employment of automatically controlled circuits resulting in a minimal consumption during operation and standby, and electronic components with optimised energy consumption and a high photometric efficiency level by means of aspherical lenses and mirrors.
PurchasingIn order to reduce the environmental impact of transportation modes, our focus is to purchase on a local or nearby basis with specifically planned delivery intervals and lot sizes. Currently, 90% of our materials are supplied by local or nearby vendors, with only the remaining 10% from overseas.
ManufacturingOur company building and all of our manufacturing processes are oriented on minimal energy consumption and high energy efficiency. We use underground thermal energy which is completely independent of fossil fuels. Since relocation to our new company building, the power consumption per employee has been reduced by 70%. For further optimisation, our energy balance is checked by continuous energy monitoring.
LogisticsFor optimal results we analyse our supply chain and have, for many years now, reduced freight transport and packaging material volumes. We use reusable packaging, store packaging board and boxes upon delivery, and use them again. The EPS/Styrofoam that we use is 100% recyclable and, because of its low density, it results in far lower CO2 transport emissions. However, we constantly strive to find more environmentally friendly packaging solutions.
Product Use & ServiceVideoconferencing is much more environmental friendly than travelling. LED and firmware reduces the energy consumption of the WolfVision Ceiling Visualizers by 71%, and the WolfVision Professional Visualizers by 64%. The long life cycle and firmware updates optimise the environmental balance of each product. Remote maintenance reduces travelling costs and our priority is to repair and not replace.
RecyclingWolfVision Visualizers are more than 95% recyclable. Our products do not contain any problematic components, chemicals or materials, such as lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB or PBDE. As a manufacturer, we are fully committed to the responsibility of environmental friendly disposal of our products, and we recycle materials such as plastic, glass, aluminium, wood, paper and chemicals.
The Austrian WolfVision companies are certified ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001, which demonstrates WolfVision's commitment to both high quality standards, and to the environment.