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Protecting the environment together

Ecological responsility means to us protecting the environment and ist resources. We contribute in many areas to reducing CO2-emissions and saving energy in a stringent way.

For years, we have been promoting measures that in a targeted way preserve our climate and reduce energy consumption. Decisions about invest are met consciously with regard to this context in the E/D/E. Regarding this topic, the most energy-intense business areas of transport, internal logistics, warehouse-managment and facility management are always at a focal point of attention.

  • Sustainable logistics processes

    Modern logistics have for more than 80 years been one of the strategically important services which E/D/E offers to ist member companies. Handling them from the central headquarter in Wuppertal is a strong tradition for the company. The expansion of the logistics center makes this core-competence fit for the future and creates the predisposition for further growth. Modern logistics processes however demand a lot of energy. Further more, the transport component is responsible for significant CO2-emissions. Two factors, which pose a great challenge to companies such as E/D/E in their goals for operating ecologically and sustainably in warehousing.

    Bundling of transports and a better supplier-management are at the forefront here.

    Since investing in “boosters”, almost 75, 000 package consignments per year are being saved, meaning 50 percent of parcels. Packaging support puts the goods together intelligently so that, for example, only one packaging unit is produced instead of two.

    Another, sustainable goal is the improvment of warehousing-structure. For short ways inside logistics, the stream of goods is being put to close scrutiny. According to an unambiguous classification it is possible to determine whether any article is really stored in the best spot. Within the context of comprehensive assortment expansions new storage systems are being chosen, which correspond to the state of the art. Provided storage capacities are kept up to date, matched with demands, to enable a high usage of the area. High ranking amongst measures for reducing energy consumption is the implementation of automated materials handling. In this way, the system automatically turns off within 30 seconds of the last transported product. The system restarts as soon as the freight advances or is placed on the conveyor

    Strategic changes in logistics also trigger more efficiency via transparency: Amongst them are the new Shopfloor-Management and the connected quality offensive. By checking items on the shopfloor, quality is enhanced. Classic mistakes, such as defect packages, are focussed upon, but also recently defined processes. Additionally, new Shopfloor-signs procure more transparency and inform workers in the warehouse: Paper for info-posters and materials is saved in this way. Additional measures for better employee information, for instance short info-bulletins called KUKI („Kurz und Knapp Informiert“), provide information and hints for optimal procedures in packaging processes in illustrated form and thus help saving filler-, packaging- and strapping-materials.

  • Sensitizing and motivating employees

    Employees contribute a substantial part to making the individual processes and projects in E/D/E environmentally conscious and sustainable.

    E/D/E always tries to sensitize its employees for requirements of ecology and sustainability. Successful introduction of eco-paper and waste-separation (glass, batteries, plastic and paper-waste) should be mentioned.

    Further more, employees were able to reduce the volume of printed hardcopies in E/D/E by 10.23 percent in the internal print volume reducing-competition of 2014.

  • Efficient enegery-management

    In order to link economic and ecological targets responsibly with one another, energy management is an important focal point for acting environmentally conscious in E/D/E. This also affects our office buildings and the entire company premises. Over half of all E/D/E employees work in the E/D/E office buildings. The majority of energy is also consumed in these buildings. Thus, all our servers are also put together as energy-efficient as possible.

    Already in 1995, when the E/D/E headquarter was constructed, the company put a focus on reducing energy-consumption. We avoided the need to install an air conditioning system when constructing the E/D/E highrise, in favour of an intelligent window architecture which guarantees natural ventilation. The E/D/E facility management team pays attention to ensuring that efficient components are used for all arising repairs and improvements. As far as the entirety of the heating-system permits, replacements or new installations are made with energy-efficient condensing boilers and frequency-controlled heating pumps.

    All new construction projects in E/D/E make implicit use of energy-saving technology, for instance energy efficient-illumination. By making ample use of state of the art illumination-installations with motion tracking in our new buildings, we handle our use of resources in a cost efficient and environmentally conscious way. A 787 square-meter rain-collecting basin serves as a source of water (for watering plants etc.). Plants on the E/D/E premises may be watered with water from this rain-collecting basin, making the watering ecologically neutral.

  • Contact

    Jennifer Probst

    Corporate Communications and Societal Responsibility

    Einkaufsbüro Deutscher Eisenhändler


    EDE Platz 1

    42389 Wuppertal

    +49 202 6096-1257

    Fax:+49 202 6096-70714



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