The HÜBNER Way
THE HÜBNER Group is working towards greater sustainability every day: In Accordance with company strategy, HÜBNER takes a comprehensive cross-divisional approach to sustainability – using the most environmentally compatible production processes available and resource-saving solutions in manufacturing, product transport and at the company's locations themselves.
At HÜBNER's German locations, energy management has been a core element of corporate policy since 2014. Since this time, HÜBNER has been working in accordance with the statutory energy saving targets and even exceeding them at times. In the past ten years HÜBNER has increased its energy efficiency in generating compressed air by more than 100 percent. This has made it possible to reduce compressed air costs, despite a doubling of electricity prices in the same period and a significant increase in production volume.
The entire roof area of the 6,100 square meter production and warehouse facility of Plant 2 at the Kassel location has been equipped with a photovoltaic system. With a total of 1,400 photovoltaic modules, HÜBNER is able to produce 338 megawatt hours of electricity annually, which is mainly used for the power requirements of the plant itself. An expansion of the photovoltaic systems at the Kassel site is planned and currently under construction.
Networks, initiatives and events: Support and interaction
For many years HÜBNER has been involved in regional energy networks and initiatives at its headquarters in North Hesse. In addition to general knowledge sharing, common development projects and mutual support in the area of energy management are the main focal points of these activities.
HÜBNER supports the initiative "Engineers for 2 Degree-Target (e4²)" which was established in late summer 2019 in connection with the first Kassel Energy Management Days meeting.
Our environmental management
An important goal at HÜBNER is to design our everyday working situations and our company locations so that they are environmentally friendly on a long-term basis. To achieve this goal numerous measures are taken together with the staff. These range from greening the roof tops of company buildings to extensive efforts to save materials in various activities.
Large parts of the roofs and walls of buildings at the plant premises at company headquarters in Kassel have been planted. Unused areas at HÜBNER are green spaces. In addition, the company premises have a high stock of trees. Currently approximately 250 natives trees stand on company property. Structuring the space, there are 500 square meters of hedges and on approximately 6,000 square meters there are tree rows and shrubbery.
Saving material in product development
HÜBNER has a clear objective: We want to conserve resources and energy. This objective is firmly rooted in the company culture. Also among the staff there is a great readiness to develop and realize ideas so as to achieve constructive material conservation. Material conservation starts right at the beginning of product development. For rubber parts, for example, solid material is not planned in functionless areas. Instead, a cavity is created which fulfills the same conditions but does not require material. With our After Sales & Service segment we also achieve enormous material savings. Through extensive refurbishment measures we are now able to reach a doubling in the product life cycle of our gangway systems.
Environmental awareness and conservation of resources
For 30 years, HÜBNER has been a sponsoring member of the organization B.A.U.M. (the German Working Group for Environmentally Sound Management). This networking organization was founded in 1984 and brings together economic, ecological and social considerations. We are very proud to be one of the long-term supporters of these efforts.
HÜBNER's Idea Management system is also a source of environmentally relevant initiatives. Thanks to an idea suggested by an employees at the headquarters in Kassel all disposalble plastic cups have been replaced by multiple-use thermo mugs. Since every employee has received a HÜBNER thermo mug, approximately 80,000 disposable plastic cups are saved each year.