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Environment - Our Responsibility and Contribution

As a manufacturing company in an inherently resource-intensive industry, we have a special responsibility to the public, our employees, customers and suppliers to operate sustainably and to conserve finite resources.

We look critically at all processes in the value chain for their direct impact on resources and on our planet. Many activities have already been planned for our future, and we are working hard to become the most sustainable organization in our industry.

Read about the areas we are focusing on and how we are contributing to a more sustainable world below.

Key Pillars in Driving Sustainability

We are strengthening our operations and continued growth in sustainable strategic businesses, driving product design for minimal environmental impact using life cycle analysis approaches and practicing sustainable business partnerships.

Sustainable Operations

Our high-quality operating process aims to optimize the use of materials and resources and protect the environment, with a focus on circular economy and minimal ecological manufacturing footprints.

Sustainable Business

We strengthen our business activities and further growth in sustainable strategic business areas, drive product design for minimal environmental impact considering life-cycle-analysis approaches, and live sustainable business partnerships.

Sustainable Organization

Our health & workplace programs enable lifelong healthy employment within solid organizational structures that take into account competencies and age structure through ongoing training and education, supported by sustainable business practices throughout the organization.

Marketing & Communications

We promote proactive marketing and the communications of any sustainability measures implemented to internal & external stakeholders and connect sustainability with "everyday business" for all our employees. 

Sustainability Goals

We benchmark ourselves with the following targets

  • Optimizing our entire CO2 value chain
  • Optimizing material efficiency - and energy consumption by means of improved production processes
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle: by establishing a cradle-to-gate approach to GHG reduction at each facility
  • Expanding on the green and renewable energy sources available at our facilities
  • Increasing environmental awareness
  • Maintaining a sustainable workplace, including safety and ergonomics for all our employees

Environmentally-friendly Welding Products and Solutions

We help our customers by

  • offering our wires in reusable drums.
  • A comprehensive portfolio of PAPR welding helmets protects your employees from harmful particles during welding.
  • A broad portfolio of chrome-reduced wires is available to protect your colleagues from harmful welding fumes.
  • avoiding the use of copper-coated wire wherever possible, thus reducing the use of chemicals, energy and waste.
  • our energy-efficient welding equipment saves energy.

Multiple certified & awarded

To help our customers achieve their sustainability goals, we are proud to be certified by a variety of independent organizations. Certificates are more than a formal requirement. They inspire us to continue our journey towards greater sustainability with even greater determination.

EcoVadis Platinum Certification

EcoVadis is a sustainability-rating agency with a network of more than 100,00 rated companies. The sustainability rating methodology is an assessment of how well a company has integrated sustainability/CSR principles into its business and management system. The overall EcoVadis score reflects the quality of the company's sustainability management system.

We decided to participate in the EcoVadis assessment in order to communicate our commitment to climate protection in a standardized and transparent way.

This year, for the second time, we underwent EcoVadis' strict evaluation guidelines and are pleased to announce that our production sites in Kapfenberg, Austria, Cittadella, Italy and Hamm and Eisenberg, Germany have been awarded Platinum status.

The Platinum certification shows that we at voestalpine Böhler Welding take our social responsibility very seriously. We are aware that our business activities have an impact on the environment. We are proud of our actions and strategic direction having been recognized as exceptional and above average.

Lloyds Register ISO 14001, 45001 & 50001

voestalpine Böhler Welding has introduced management systems for quality, occupational health and safety and the environment (ISO 9001, ISO 45001, ISO 14001) through multi-site certification at almost all of our production sites worldwide.

In addition, energy management systems (ISO 50001) and energy audits have been implemented at all of the European production sites. As a part of the multi-site certification, more than 18 sales companies were also certified to ISO 9001. Our achievements in these areas consolidate our excellent competitive position.

The Global QHSEE Management Systems Control function within voestalpine Böhler Welding, together with the local departments responsible for management systems, ensures the maintenance and continuous improvement of these systems and also serves as a competent contact partner.


Our Guiding Principles

  • Maintain and continuously improve an ISO 50001 energy management system
  • Comply with legal and applicable energy requirements and regulations
  • Purchasing energy-efficient products and services to improve our energy performance
  • Measure, report and transparently communicate our performance
  • Engage and involve the top management and all employees in our efforts to improve performance

Further key initiatives for a more sustainable value chain:

  • Use of photovoltaic system
  • Use of biogas
  • Reuse energy in our manufacturing sites
  • Modernization of production facilities with lower energy consumption


Success Story - Production Plant in Malmö, Sweden

Our manufacturing facility in Malmö, Sweden, sets standards in sustainability in many ways. We are proud to share some of the highlights:

  • Electrical energy consumption for the entire plant*: 186 kWh/ton
  • Its own production from solar panels: 9.8 %
  • External production EPD® certified wind power: 90.2 %
  • The building has a sophisticated control system that adapts ventilation and lighting to current needs. Combined with the best energy-efficient equipment, this also keeps consumption to a minimum.
  • No wastewater is discharged from the factory.
  • All exhaust air from production is cleaned of chemical vapors.
  • Acid levels in the exhaust air are below the detection limits of instrumentation*.
  • Fluorides and nitrates from the air cleaning process are reused in production, saving both the environment and money.