Franke’s ambition to become a leader in sustainability requires that we achieve excellence in environmental management and performance. To this end, we implement and certify environmental management systems in accordance with the standard ISO 14001 in all our production companies. The examples below show how we apply sustainable practices in different Franke companies.
Franke's commitment to sustainability is also embodied by its new US head office in Smyrna: the new building, which opened in 2009, has been awarded a Silver Certificate for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)" by the United States Green Building Council. In its new building, Franke implemented over 30 measures that are beneficial for the environment.
Franke in Poland invested in environmentally friendly technology that recycles heat from the press line. The presses are cooled by water that is then used to heat the shop floor as well as the warehouse. This simple yet effective solution reduces the consumption of heating oil by 30,000 liters per year.
Faber in Italy identified the cleaning systems water from the paint shop as one of the most critical wastes in terms of quantity and hazard. The phosphate products that are used to clean the metal sheets were substituted with less toxic substances. The results are impressive: Less chemical products used for passivation; increased product quality; and 50% reduction of waste water.
The traditional process for moulding of granite composite requires significant amounts of energy and water. Carron Phoenix Ltd. developed an innovative approach that has proven to have significant environmental and cost benefits to Franke. Rapid energy distribution and closed loop systems for hot and cold water led to a reduction of energy consumption of 20% and to a water reduction of 99% per annum.
Franke has commissioned a detailed analysis of the energy flows in Aarburg, Switzerland, in order to identify saving potentials. Due to a number of improvements the consumption of electricity and fossil fuels could be reduced by 23% in 2013 compared to 2009. In addition to cost savings, Franke was also exempted from paying taxes on carbon emissions.