At RAMPA, the topic of sustainability and responsibility towards our planet is not a fad or a current trend. On the contrary: RAMPA is enthusiastic about the diversity of possibilities and has for decades attached great importance to designing its corporate processes to be as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible. We have already achieved some milestones on our journey to greater sustainability:
For decades, we have ensured that in the production of threaded inserts or sockets for wood, metal or plastic constructions, the residual materials produced are not disposed of, but are used almost 100% for raw material recovery:
- Since 2009, we have been operating all cooling and lubrication processes only with high-quality oils, which we process and reuse in-house without residual waste.
- The chips produced during the production process are separated from the oil by centrifugal force and returned to the material cycle by recycling at our partner companies. On some sensitive machines, filter fleece is installed upstream to collect further chips. Only the filter fleece with the remaining chips cannot be reused and must therefore be disposed of. This small proportion of raw materials that cannot be recycled is approx. 0.1%.
We have also selected our freight forwarding partner DB Schenker by taking sustainability aspects into account that can be identified in a transparent manner due to the annual sustainability report and the certificate about ISO14001 (environmental management).
Thanks to the advancing digitalization of our processes and a comprehensive update of the enterprise resource planning system in 2020, we have succeeded in making our entrepreneurial activities largely paperless: From purchasing, through production and sales, to order picking, almost all processes are handled digitally. Hereby, RAMPA succeeded in facilitating the commercial employers to work from home due to Covid-19 within a very short time.
We are also against wasting resources when it comes to our packaging waste in incoming goods. Instead, we rely on recycling for greater sustainability: Incoming filling material – regardless of whether it is made of paper, cardboard or plastic – is not disposed of at our company but reused for outgoing goods shipments.
We also focus on sustainability concerning the consumption and use of electricity in our company and make an important contribution to environmental protection: Through the energy supplier E.ON Energie Deutschland GmbH, we have been procuring our electricity requirements exclusively from renewable energy plants since January 1st, 2021. Due to this fact, we contribute to an annual saving of approx. 367,728 kg CO2 compared to the German electricity mix.
Further steps to reduce consumption and generate our own electricity and heat are already being planned. The implementation will happen in our new production and office complex, which is currently under construction. But we also continue to invest in energy-saving measures in our existing buildings, which includes, for example, the recent conversion to LED lighting.
For efficient reduction and professional calculation of RAMPA’s operational CO2 emissions*, we have our CO2 footprint balanced by an experienced partner- FORLIANCE. The first step was balancing 2020, which you can retrieve here. The Corporate Carbon Footprint balancing for 2021 is currently in progress and is expected to be published in the second half of 2022.
Based on the CO2 balance sheet we have drawn up, the next step is to identify where there are still actions required and what specific further measures need to be taken to reduce our CO2 emissions.
One component of our action roadmap is to merge our sites. Our new building will be completed in the fall of 2022. The building will be one of the first commercial properties in northern Germany to meet the federal subsidy requirements for efficient buildings in non-residential sectors. As one of the few KFW40 commercial buildings in the entire Herzogtum Lauenburg, we are focused on the use of renewable energies by installing a photovoltaic system on the roof and installing a highly efficient ventilation and heating system.
For emissions that are presently unavoidable, we are also developing an offset strategy that will include investments in certified climate protection projects.
In addition to our Corporate Carbon Footprint, we plan to have several Product Carbon Footprints as determined with the support of FORLIANCE.
*In addition to CO2, there are many other greenhouse gases, such as methane, which also significantly drive climate change. Since CO2 is considered the best-known greenhouse gas, we speak on our website in simplified terms of CO2 emissions (technically, we otherwise speak of CO2 equivalents), whereby the term is synonymous with all climate-relevant emissions.