Positive results through environmental programmes
The mechanical engineering industry and equipment maintenance are fields that offer many opportunities to influence the state of the environment. Serious damage may be caused if we do not take environmental issues into account or if we use incorrect working methods. If this happens, the losers are the health and safety of both the environment and people. By contrast, when we plan and carry out our operations showing respect for environmental values, we can create technologies and operating methods that put a significantly lower strain on the environment. In the best case, we can even promote the well-being of the environment both locally and more broadly through customers and partners.
Europress published its first environmental policy in 1998, and an ISO 14001-compliant environmental system was certified around the turn of the millennium. Back then, our production facilities were located in Hakkila, Vantaa, and the journey from there to today’s modern factory in Kerava is a longer development path than the physical distance of 15 kilometres suggests. During our seven years here, we have seen many leaps forward, and the progress does not seem to be ending any time soon.
Our environmental programmes concentrate on decreasing the amount of VOC emissions (greenhouse gas emissions) generated by our painting facility and the amount of waste steel generated during production as well as increasing the environmental benefits achieved through SMART technology. Our persistent work in all these programmes has yielded results that we are proud to present: per piece of equipment manufactured, our VOC emissions have been reduced by about 20% and the amount of waste steel by 30% from 2010, the year when we had just moved to our current production facilities. We have been developing our SMART technology for approximately the same period and, thanks to it, we can now perform more than 20% of our equipment repairs remotely. These repair jobs produce zero fuel emissions.
In addition to our environmental programmes, we also work for the environment in many other ways. In the building that houses our factory and headquarters, we have managed to cut the electricity consumption per piece of equipment manufactured by nearly one-third from the 2010 level. The consumption of hydraulic oil and the amount of waste oil dropped heavily in 2009, when we moved from oil changes to oil cleaning in regular maintenance. Research shows that cleaned oil is even purer than new oil, so this recycling truly pays off!