BHS tabletop AG are certified in
accordance with international
environmental and energy standards.
'Made in Germany' stands for fulfilment of the world's strictest environmental requirements. Consistent environmental and energy management is firmly anchored in our corporate culture. This is demonstrated through our DIN EN ISO 14001 and DIN EN ISO 50001 certification. Our employees have been cooperating with renowned research institutes on projects for improving environmental and energy aspects for many years now.
Efficient use of natural resources
Porcelain has a low impact on the environment.
- Porcelain is made directly from the natural raw materials quartz, feldspar and kaolin.
- Porcelain does not emit any harmful substances and hence does not harm the environment after its service life has elapsed.
- The durability of porcelain avoids waste that is generated by using disposable tableware.
- All ceramic waste products from the various porcelain production phases can be reused.
- Damaged dinnerware can be reused as a valuable raw material for industrial use, e.g. in the cement industry.
Continuous optimisation of production processes
In principle, avoidance of unnecessary production steps results in prevention of wasting raw materials and energy.
- Continuous avoidance of wasting potable water through such factors as:
- replacement and reconditioning of valuable drinking water as part of the internal reprocessing of service water.
- conversion of the cooling system for the technical facilities to closed circuits.
- Continuous lowering of specific energy consumption by:
- employment of state-of-the-art firing technology
- use of high-tech ceramics for kiln furniture
- investment in highly flexible, fast-firing kilns with firing times that can be adapted to current needs
- use of waste heat for drying within the production process as well as for heating of buildings
- smart plant control for improved efficiency, e.g. in compressed air control
- use of highly efficient latest-generation electric motors.
Continuous reduction of environmental load
- Already since 1990, filtering out from the flue gas the only mentionable harmful substance fluoride.
- Regular testing of the exhaust gas emissions by authorised testing institutes.
To stay up-to-date with the current legislative and societal requirements, BHS are member in various bodies and associations, e.g. the “Arbeitskreis Arbeitssicherheit und Umwelt” (Working Group for Safety at Work and the Environment) and the “Erfahrungskreis Energie” (Energy Thematic Group) of the German Ceramic Industry Association.
To ensure that all production processes do not present any dangers to staff or the environment, BHS have defined rules for the relevant operations in a management handbook and assigned responsibilities and holds regular training sessions.