Bronto Skylift celebrates the 10th anniversary of ISO 14001 Environment Management certification
Published on 18 August 2009
Bronto Skylift, the world's leading manufacturer of big truck mounted hydraulic platforms, has always been a pioneer in product development, but it has also been in the forefront in advancing the ecological sustainability of products.
Bronto Skylift obtained ISO 14001 environmental certification in 1999, the first in its field to do so. At that time, most of the company's competitors were still struggling to get their quality systems certified - a certification Bronto had acquired some years previously.
Today, sustainability is much broader term, encompassing companies' responsibility for the impacts of their activities not only on the environment, but also on employees, customers and communities. The total financial benefits of ethical and pro-environmental performance are sometimes difficult to quantify, but some clear and measurable changes in day-to-day operations can be shown.
Bronto Skylift has succeeded in reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing through several actions, including: distillation of paint solvents, improved waste sorting and treatment of hazardous material, and refusing the use of propellent-driven aerosol containers. By taking the above measures the VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions per manufactured machine have been reduced by over 10 percent. Waste sorting and recycling have been part of everyday life in Nordic countries for decades, but Bronto Skylift has still managed to reduce the amount of dumping ground waste in its total waste from 30 to 10 percent during the last 10 years.
Manufacturing, however, represents only about 10 percent of the environmental impacts of the Bronto Skylift platfom during its entire life cycle. The high quality of our products means reliable performance for decades, longer service intervals and lower consumption of spare parts - all factors that reduce the environmental impact of product use.
The company also facilitates pro-environmental features like the use of biodegradable hydraulic oil, separate power supply units, combustion engines and electric motors to reduce fuel consumption, exhaust gas emissions and noise.
During the 2000s a new emphasis has been placed on social aspects. The well-being of staff has an effect on productivity and makes it easier to recruit new employees. Bronto Skylift has had several "open doors" days for the employees' families and local residents, and has also presented the company in local school classes.
The aim of Bronto Skylift is doing financially, socially and ecologically sustainable business. The company has learned and showed that all three aspects can be combined.
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