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Our Commitment


What does our environmental commitment in practice and in our daily activities mean?

On this site, you will find a chronological overview of our internal activities in the realm of environment as well as our external commitment.


Photovoltaikanlage Festool Wendlingen
Our photovoltaic facility on a roof of a building in Wendlingen

Internal Activities



Renaturierung Neidlingen
Reuterwiesen brook after the renature process- in the background you see a part of the Festool plant

2008

  • In 2008, TTS along with the WWF measured the “ecological footprint” of TTS (of which Festool belongs), to determine where, and how much CO² was produce annually. This footprint revealed that we produced, directly or indirectly, almost 10,000 tones of CO² in 2007. In conjunction with the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), we developed measures to reduce our footprint.
  • In 2008, TTS published the first ecological report with the intention to make our environmental objectives measurable.
  • Festool made a commitment in its new Market Management Code from 2008 to environmental protection and the reasonable use of natural resources.
  • Our new buildings in Wendlingen were furnished with innovative environmental technology. One example of this is the concrete core temperature control system, which reduces heating and cooling costs considerably. Another example is the usage of rain water to supply the toilets.
 

  • In 2008, we started a renaturation project with the community of Neidlingen. The goal was to reroute the Reuterwiesen brook, which until then ran under the factories, and have it flow above-ground again. The Reuterwiesen brook now has a new natural like brook bed and flows around our factories. The success of this project led to much excitement within such organizations as the regional environment protection association of Esslingen and even the national environmental protection office the NABU (Naturschutzbund Deutschland).

2009

  • In 2009, Festool was recognized as an “EcoProfit company” in that we, in the area of operational environmental protection, have set such a high standard of quality, more so than those required by law.
  • We changed our electricity supplier to a regional company “Albwerk”, which relies much more on renewable energies. By this change alone, we were able to “save” around 600 tons of CO² annually.
  • In Wendlingen we installed a peak-load shutoff system. Electricity consumers such as heating, air condition, ventilation are turned off when they are not needed by our building’s central control system. This has a positive effect on the environment and our operating costs.
  • The heat exchangers in Wendlingen are also new. These act as buffer storage which bring the cooling water to the concrete core temperature control system in the night and then make this cold water available in the older buildings during the day.
  • In the area of auto leasing, there is a new bonus for employees who select cars with exceptionally low fuel consumption: If the CO² output is less than the given norm, this is then rewarded. Additionally, a driver’s education course is now mandatory for new cars since October 2009, for one thing to promote safer driving, but also to encourage a more fuel economic manner of driving.
  • The IT (Information Technology) department reconfigured many printers. Everywhere it is possible, the printers will be set in the future to double-sided printing to save paper as well as black/white to save ink and toner. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Photovoltaikanlage Festool Wendlingen
The photovoltaic facility is setup and already running

2010

  • The largest measure taken was the photovoltaic facility, which TTS had installed on the roofs of the new buildings in Wendlingen and Neidlingen in the spring of 2010. It was made operational as of 21st of April. At such a magnitude, the system can be called a solar power plant due to the 1,500 polycrystalline solar modules installed on the roof which generate a net yield of 293,000 kWh annually.

    To make a comparison: with the amount of electricity generated by TTS, one could provide electricity for 75 households containing 4 people each or an entire village with 300 inhabitants for a whole year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • In order to achieve an optimal output, the building management took great efforts to select extremely high quality solar modules. Each individual module has been tested and has a life cycle of 20 years which is backed by guarantee. During the planning, a so called shadow simulation was preformed. As a result, solar modules were only installed in places that are permanently in the sun. In addition, the modules are organized in groups to achieve optimal performance. All those activities together build the foundation for the best performance of the whole facility
  • Festool and TTS employees can directly take part in the financing of the photovoltaic facility and as a result, share in the returns – and profit financially from our commitment to the environment. Finally, it is good news for the environment because the facility saves almost 90 tons of CO² annually.

2011 

  • Extensive climate protection programs at new building in Illertissen


     
     
  • Already during the planning phase, a diverse range of climate protection projects regarding the heating and water supply system were taken into consideration. In order to achieve an optimal result, Festool decided on a combination of different energy sources at last. Renewable energy from the earth's crust (geothermal energy) is used for the heating and cooling of the administration building and the assembly hall. The heating and cooling concept is supported by a concrete core temperature control which results from a direct heat or cold input into the concrete components from soils or ceilings. Furthermore, local electronic flow heaters provide hot water on demand. Therefore, no energy-intensive storage is necessary.  An environmentally friendly solution has also been found in case of fire. For example a rainwater-storage in the underground can be used for fire-fighting. This way valuable drinking water will be saved.
    Regarding the question of power consumption, Festool recognizes another important challenge of resource conservation. For this reason, the parking lots and emergency access roads have been provided with modern LED outdoor lights. This technique not only consumes a very small fraction of the electricity compared to conventional lighting systems but is also low at maintenance. Inside the building modern floor lamps offer reduced power consumption, daylight control and intelligent power controls to help cut down on power consumption.
    As a further step towards clean renewable energy sources, a photovoltaic system for electricity generation is currently being planned as it already exists at the headquarters in Wendlingen and the production site in Neidlingen.
    Festool is well aware of how important it is to contribute towards “truly clean energy” and that it is time to act now.   


External Commitment


Festool WWF Systainer
WWF Special Edition - Router OF 1010 in a Systainer
WWF Cooperation from 2006 to 2008

The values of the WWF coincide wonderfully with our company philosophy, because we concentrate with extreme resolve on quality and lasting development. Longevity, quality, and positive ecological characteristics such as recyclability and biodegradability make our products stand out. We have been advocating environmentally responsible behavior for years now. In 2006, we decided to cooperate with the WWF to demonstrate this responsibility externally. To that end, we have had various products as WWF special edition models. With every unit sold, the WWF received direct support during the special offer period from 2006 to 2008 in each respective country. In total, the impressive sum of 748,520 Euros for the WWF worldwide was collected. Eberhard Brandes, the CEO of the WWF Germany was pleased with the largest part in the amount of 165,064 Euros, which went directly to the WWF Germany to support their work. This will make it possible to offer protection for important national projects, for example, the Wadden Sea, the Elbe dike opening project as well as the protection of the Uckermark. The German office of the WWF also promotes large international projects such as protection of the rain forests along the Amazon and in the Congo.
 

GoGreen
Festool and the TTS send out their newsletters about the CO²-neutral German Post’s “GoGreen” project, which supports the protection of the climate. Within this project, it is exactly calculated how much CO² emissions are caused by the dispatch of the newsletters. The Deutsche Post AG compensates for this amount through the “GoGreen” projects e.g. by participating in reforestation in Latin America where the rain forest has been illegally clear cut. In this way, we were able to compensate for two tons of CO² emissions with “GoGreen” in 2009.
www.gogreen.de

Home+
As sponsors, we support the “home+” project of the Stuttgart University of Technology with our machines. The Academy participated with our machines in the international “Solar Decathlon Europe” competition in June 2010. 20 different teams took part in total from all over the world to design and build a house which was supplied solely with solar energy
www.sdeurope.de


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Festool GmbH is a member of the European Power Tool Association and the VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V.).

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