Germany – Spalt, 19.06.2019 – During a company tour Wido Fath showed that the company FATH GmbH Components pays attention to sustainability since the construction of the production site in Spalt. When the company moved into a wood building in the Hügelmühle industrial park in 1999, which was planned according to criteria of building biology, this was the beginning of a continuous development towards more and more sustainability for the manufacturer of engineering components.
Today, FATH operates an efficient combined heat and power plant, the lighting in the company buildings has been converted to LEDs and the company purchases 100 percent green electricity if the energy generated by photovoltaic systems on the roofs of the company buildings and carports is insufficient. In addition, the waste heat from the machines is used for heating and hot water production. In particular, the new automatic logistics center offers substantial energy savings, which Wido Fath explained to the participants on site in a comparison of old and new storage systems. “Reducing waste is our big goal – be it in terms of land consumption, energy consumption, material processing or transportation,” says Wido Fath. It is therefore not surprising that the new KfW Efficiency Building, which FATH recently moved into, exceeds the statutory minimum requirements.
In order to bring sustainability closer the employees at headquarters in Spalt, does FATH offer the opportunity to lease e-bikes as part of a ‘Jobrad’ program. Additionally, employees’ e-vehicles can be charged for free at the photovoltaic carports on site.
The next step will be to provide employees with a garden area where they can grow their own vegetables. The example of FATH GmbH in Spalt shows what is possible operationally if the company management is committed to sustainability and climate protection. “Our motivation is to always be a bit better,” says Wido Fath at the end of the event.
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