Sustainability at novotegra

It is certainly no secret that issues of sustainability and caring for the environment are very close to our hearts. We work continually to make the environment a little greener and more sustainable. By harnessing the incredible energy of the sun, we supply countless homes and businesses with sustainably produced electricity.

But this by itself is not enough. The environmental clock is ticking and every single action we take can make a small but significant difference. That's why we also actively work on sustainability in our own assembly system business processes. 

As part of our parent company BayWa r.e. AG’s Sustainability Framework 2025 strategy, we have already taken and successfully implemented a number of measures to ensure we are doing all that we can to make a difference.

 

Sustainability on site

Our own PV system in Tübingen

A great example is our building in Tübingen. We have installed a single-layer novotegra flat-roof solar PV system which delivers renewable electricity - an output of 514 kWp!

This self-generated green energy is used to power our own on-site activities, including our fleet of e-vehicles and the transport vehicles in our warehouse.

E-vehicles: fleet & charging stations

Our vehicle fleet consists mainly of electric and hybrid vehicles. In addition, we offer all employees and visitors the opportunity to charge their electrically-powered vehicles free of charge and in front of our main entrance – all drawing from our own rooftop solar generation source.

Company bicycles for our employees

Want to take a quick trip to the beautiful city centre of Tübingen during your lunch break?

No problem: our bicycle fleet (which, by the way, came from donations) is available for all employees to use. We think this is the perfect way to encourage colleagues to take exercise, enjoy the fresh air and get away from their desks for a while.

In addition, we offer every employee the opportunity to use the Job-Bike service so that they can easily cycle to work.

A heart for insects - our flowering strip

Our many insects such as bees and butterflies are increasingly threatened by the changing environment and the impact of climate change. They are little heroes of everyday life - especially bees – so we need to care for them too.

We have developed a special area, a strip of land with flowers and grasses, which provides insects with food and additional habitat.

Sustainability in procurement

Use of recycled materials

Our components are largely made from recycled materials.

According to our suppliers, the proportion of recycled components ranges from 40% - 100%, depending on the material and component! 

We will continue to try to increase this proportion in the future and keep an eye out for new solutions.

 

 

 

 

Sustainable measures on site

Many of our suppliers are already actively committed to sustainable production:

  • Generation and use of green electricity from own PV plants
  • Identification and elimination of energy guzzlers
  • Heat recovery systems
  • Life cycle analysis to determine CO2 footprint 
  • Use of electric warehouse and company vehicles
  • LED lighting in the production environment 

Supply chain law - protection of human rights

From 2023 onwards, companies will be obliged to guarantee the observance of human rights along their entire supply chain. 

novotegra has already taken responsibility for this and has checks and balances in place to monitor the processes of individual companies across our supply chain.

Certifications of our suppliers

  • ISO 14001
  • ISO 50001
  • ISO 45001
  • ISO 50001
  • EN 15804
  • ISO 14025 
  • ASI Performance Standard & ASI Chain of Custody Certificates

Sustainability in the warehouse

Sourcing sustainable electricity

We use the energy generated by our rooftop solar PV system in our warehouse. For example, it powers our range of warehouse vehicles.

Thanks to the newly-installed lithium-ion batteries, these warehouse vehicles now last even longer! 

Sustainable filling and packaging material

Turn old into new! We have developed a process that enables us to produce our own filling material from 100% recycled cardboard. And this is not where the circle closes - we also encourage all recipients to reuse the filling material! Adhesive tape made of plastic? Not with us! Our parcels reach our customers securely packed with adhesive paper tape.

This recycling process can save several kilos of cardboard waste per working day.

 

Sustainability in logistics

Short transport distances

We attach great importance to ensuring that our assembly system reaches you via the shortest possible transport route.

That's why our logistics experts optimise our routes right down to the last detail and evaluate them on an ongoing basis. On this basis, we can plan even better and more sustainably in the future.


“At novotegra, sustainability begins with the product design, where we try to achieve the highest possible stability with the least possible use of materials. It continues with the extreme durability of our mounting systems, for which we give a 12-year product guarantee. And with the recent acquisition of PV Integ, we are now delivering completely new applications (green roofs) using recycled plastic. We work hard to understand sustainability more comprehensively and involve our suppliers and customers in the journey."

Michael Harre, Manager novotegra GmbH


BayWa AG's Group-wide climate strategy

In 2017, BayWa r.e. set a goal to achieve carbon neutral operations from 2018 onwards. We achieved our goal by offsetting all our operative carbon emissions as of the end of 2018. But this was just the beginning. In 2020, we launched our Sustainability Framework 2025 with the objective of expanding our existing sustainability commitment from being ‘100% carbon compensated’ to go ‘beyond carbon’. The Sustainability Framework therefore emphasises and encourages employee-driven sustainability initiatives and projects that support social, economic and environmental objectives.

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