Environmental responsibility is an essential aspect in the decision taking process of our management. Since many years the company policy factors in sustainability in maintenance and investment decisions to raise efficiency while at the same time minimize environmental impact through its operations. In practice we concentrate our efforts to manage natural resources in a responsible manner and consider options to use renewable energy.
Since 2009 DrM tracks a number of key values and prepares a yearly report where the following are analyzed:
- Commercial waste production
- Disposal of auxiliary materials and chemicals
- Water consumption
- Electricity consumption
- Natural gas and heating oil consumption
- Solar power production
Since the year 2011 where we reached a peak, the electricity consumption was gradually reduced by more than 25%. This was done by applying more energy efficient equipment and light sources.
Additionally, with the installation of photovoltaic roof-top panels approx. 80 MWh of solar energy is fed into the national power grid. This corresponds approx. 25% of our electricity consumption.
The building is heated by natural gas and oil. With the installation of new energy saving windows and improved insulation of the factory building the oil heater could be removed completely, while the natural gas consumption was reduced by more than 25% within 8 years.
Our manufacturing process mainly applies steel and plastics as raw material for the production of our filters. As a consequence our main waste materials are metals and plastics. Wherever possible, these are recycled back to our suppliers for reuse or sent to recycling facilities. The amount of this commercial waste could be reduced by more than 25% within 10 years.
Our Chemical waste is limited to products we receive from our clients to run tests. Whenever possible, we send leftover material back to the origin, once testing is completed. However, a certain quantity needs to be disposed. This quantity remains at around 500 kg/yr and is of marginal relevance.
Water resource in Switzerland is not of major relevance. Nevertheless, consumption was optimized wherever possible and savings of around 15% were achieved.
Our products have a long average life cycle which minimizes waste and creates an economical advantage.
DrM’s Quality System is ISO 9001 certified for the design and manufacture of filtration plants. The company operates in compliance with current technical regulations and standards.
We are dedicated to permanently improving the efficiency and the effectiveness of our quality management system. All of our products follow a rigid quality control program that employs the most current testing and inspection methods prior to shipment. New technologies to improve quality are implemented whenever possible and feasible. With the application of artificial intelligence, visual quality inspection systems are being implemented as we speak.