Festool commitment to the environment

Our commitment

What does our commitment to the environment mean in practice and for our daily actions? On this page, you can find a chronological overview of our internal activities as well as our external commitment to the environment. The image on the right shows the photovoltaic plant on the roof of our main administration building in Wendlingen.

Internal activities

2015

  • In 2015, a feasibility study investigated the possibility of a 100% recyclable product.
  • The core topics of climate change, resource preservation and health protection were identified as being environmentally relevant for Festool. These points are embedded in the new environmental policy, which was adopted by the Board of Management of TTS in April 2015.
  • Global climate change is a threat to the continued existence of mankind. That's why one of our tasks is to help counteract climate change. We can do this by reducing relative CO2 emissions.
  • Resources are finite worldwide. To ensure equal opportunities for future generations, resources must be protected and maintained. We do this by reducing relative material consumption.
  • Health protection is crucial to the continuing existence of mankind. That is why we consider it to be our responsibility to reduce emissions and avoid the use of hazardous substances.

2014

  • In November 2014, we published our environmental standard. The aim of this is to ensure compliance with legal conditions and customer requirements, and it is binding for all of our suppliers. The environmental standard defines requirements for banned and declarable ingredients for all materials used in Festool products. The standard is also intended to offer substantive assistance to suppliers with regard to legal requirements. The environmental standard can be found on the supplier portal.
  • Since July 2014, we have been converting our production plants to energy consumption-optimised plants. The process of procuring new production plants is determined, amongst other things, on the basis of environmental and health aspects. With the new generation of plants, energy consumption as well as aerosol emissions are reduced. We are continuously checking for the possibility of substituting environmentally harmful process materials and implementing changes where possible.
  • In August 2014, we converted the lighting at our Neidlingen and Wendlingen locations to LED. This allows us to save energy and thus protect the environment.
  • At the beginning of 2014, we analysed global sustainability trends in order to derive the potentials and risks for our company. This resulted in new questions for us: How will business requirements develop? What will be the resulting requirements for our products? It became clear to us that business changes have an impact on the global environmental requirements regarding environmental and health protection.
  • In summary, we ascertained that there are three main issues that concern Festool with regard to sustainability: Climate change, the consumption of finite resources and health protection. For ease of understanding, a sustainability mind map was created, which is displayed visibly for all employees.

2012/2013

  • At the turn of the year 2012/13, we updated our Print-on-Demand at our Neidlingen location. Thanks to the new machines, our ozone and noise emissions have fallen. This not only protects the environment, but is also healthier for our employees.
2011

Extensive climate protection programme for the new building in Illertissen:

  • A wide range of climate protection projects were taken into consideration for the building back in the planning stage. For example, geothermally acquired energy is used to heat and cool the administration building and the assembly halls. The heating and cooling concept is supported by concrete core tempering, which is achieved through temperature regulation by introducing heat or cold directly into the concrete components of the floor or ceilings.  In addition, decentralised, electronic instantaneous water systems ensure demand-based hot water provision, so that there is no need for energy-intensive hot water storage. 
  • Savings in drinking water consumption by using rain water to flush toilets and as extinguishing water in the event of fire. 
  • Electricity savings through the use of LED bulbs in Festool buildings and outside areas.
  • Inside the buildings, office floor lamps with reduced power consumption, daylight control and intelligent presence activation help reduce electricity consumption.

2010

  • The biggest structural measure was the photovoltaic plant, which TTS had installed on the roofs of the new building in Wendlingen and Neidlingen in spring 2010. It was commissioned on 21st April. It is of such a scale that you could even call it a solar power plant, as a total of 1500 polycrystalline solar modules have been installed on the roofs, supplying us with an electricity output of 293,000 kWh per year.
  • For comparison: The amount of energy produced by TTS could supply an entire year's worth of electricity to 75 four-person households or even an entire village with 300 inhabitants.

2009

  • In 2009, Festool was distinguished as an "Eco-profit Company", as we set such a high standard in the field of corporate environmental protection, which extends beyond the level required by the legislator.
  • We switched energy provider to the regional provider "Albwerk", which is more strongly focused on renewable energies.
  • In Wendlingen, we introduced peak load shut-down. Our central building control system computers automatically switch off electricity consumers, such as heating, air conditioning or ventilation, when they are not required. This has a positive impact on the environment and on our operating costs.
  • The heat exchangers in Wendlingen are also new. These are buffer tanks that cool the coolant for concrete core tempering overnight and make it available in the older buildings in Wendlingen during the day.
  • In terms of leasing vehicles for employees, we recently introduced a bonus for particularly economical vehicles: There is a reward for falling below the usual CO2 consumption level. In addition, driver training has been compulsory for new vehicles since October 2009, teaching driving safety as well as fuel-efficient driving.
  • IT (information technology) has converted many printers. Wherever possible, we will in future print double-sided copies or black and white copies – so that we can save paper and ink.
  • In 2008, we started a renaturation project together with the district of Neidlingen:

The aim was to allow the Reuterwiesen stream, which until now had been running underneath the production building, to flow above ground again. The Reuterwiesen stream has been given a new bed which looks as natural as possible and flows around our factory premises. Both the conservation officer of the district of Esslingen and the NABU (Naturschutzbund Deutschland [German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union]) were impressed by the successful implementation.

External commitment

WWF co-operation 

2006 to 2008
The values of the WWF are a perfect match with the Festool company philosophy because Festool focuses extremely consistently on quality and long-term development. Our products are characterised by their durability, robustness and positive ecological properties such as recyclability and environmental compatibility.
For years, we have been promoting environmentally-friendly behaviour. To show our commitment to this responsibility, we decided to enter into a co-operation with the WWF in 2006. We did this by offering various power tools as WWF special editions. Every product that was sold during the promotion period from October 2006 to June 2008 supported the WWF directly in the country where the product was sold. In total, this promotion raised the considerable sum of EUR 748,520.00 for the WWF. Eberhard Brandes, Executive Director of the WWF in Germany, was delighted that EUR 165,064 – the largest share of the total amount that was raised – directly supported the efforts of the WWF in Germany. These funds will allow important projects in Germany to proceed, such as the protection of the Wadden Sea, the re-flooding project on the Elbe, as well as the protection of the Uckermark region. The WWF in Germany also sponsors large international projects such as the protection of the rain forests in the Amazon and Congo.

GoGreen – in co-operation with Deutsche Post AG

Festool GmbH sends the majority of its information letters through Deutsche Post AG's CO2-neutral "GoGreen" project and thus supports climate protection. This project calculates the exact CO2 emissions generated by shipping the information letters. Deutsche Post AG offsets this through "GoGreen" climate projects, such as wind power plants in Nicaragua or China, or a biomass power plant in India. This means we have been able to actively support climate protection since the start of our co-operation with the "GoGreen" climate protection projects in 2009 and are thus able to offset our CO2 emissions.

You can find more information at www.gogreen.de

Home+

We sponsor Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences' "home+" project, providing support with our machines. It was using this project that the university took part in the international "Solar Decathlon Europe" competition in June 2010. A total of 20 university teams from across the globe competed to design and build a residential home powered exclusively by solar energy.

You can find more information at www.sdeurope.de

Climate-neutral customer cards

"eco friendly pvc"/"Print CO2 tested"
When you buy a Festool product, you receive an exclusive Festool service card. These cards used to be produced on standard PVC. On 1 January 2012, Festool decided to produce the Festool service cards on environmentally-friendly Bio-PVC, in order to also take environmental protection into account in this area too. This material has the same properties as standard PVC, but is 100% biologically degradable. Unfortunately, it is not possible to completely avoid CO2 emissions when producing cards. However, our production service providers and the "German Printing and Media Industries Federation (bvdm)" have a scientifically tested CO2 computer that enables us to calculate the CO2 emissions that occur and offset them through "Gold Standard Climate Protection" projects, such as the wind energy project in Yuntdag/Turkey. We have therefore already been able to offset 18.2 tonnes of CO2 emissions for Festool since 1 January 2012.