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Success for Generations: Environmental Protection at WAGO

At WAGO, we do not view environmental protection as merely observing environmental protection regulations.

Our commitment to the environment is our motivation for implementing new ideas, concepts, and technologies along the entire service life of our products. We support our workers and business partners in this. At the same time, we are also a solution provider with our product portfolio and support our customers in efficient energy management.

At All Levels:

  • Certified Management System
  • Company-Related Environmental Management
  • Product-Related Environmental Protection

Company-Related Environmental Management

Company growth also leads to higher consumption of resources. We recognize that the economic success of our company also depends on achieving environmental goals. As a manufacturer, we support developments that contribute to environmental protection. We always track individual material flows along the value added chain, because we view raw materials, product design, production, and consumption as parts of the whole. We strive to close cycles and save resources.

With our environmental and energy management system certified according to DIN EN ISO 14001 and DIN EN ISO 50001, we ensure that national and international requirements are observed in every branch of our company, and that environmental protection considerations are involved in all company processes. In addition, WAGO makes other environmental protection efforts that extend beyond the ISO requirements. These include, for example, employee actions in the field of waste prevention or our energy scouts. Additional examples include: plastic and water treatment, raw material conservation in production and packaging materials, the use of recycled paper across the entire company, the introduction of charging stations for e-vehicles, and the use of waste heat in production processes.

Product-Related Environmental Protection

Product-related environmental protection plays a significant role in WAGO's sustainable environmental management. We place high priority on ensuring adherence to substance prohibitions/limitations worldwide (e.g., REACH, RoHS).

RoHS – Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances

This relates to the EU directive that regulates the use of hazardous substances in equipment and components. In addition to reducing impacts on people and the environment, the regulation’s goal is to improve possibilities for recycling. WAGO closely monitors RoHS developments and promptly respond accordingly to any changes in these requirements. For more information regarding the RoHS directive please contact [email protected].

REACH – Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals

REACH is a European Union regulation (No. 1907/2006) that was enacted on June 1, 2007, and since then has been a valid legal basis for all EU member states. To protect human health and the environment, this EU chemical regulation strives for classification and identification of all chemicals and their effects.

The REACH regulation also assigns specific duties to every participant in the supply chain. The products manufactured by WAGO are subject to the regulation. However, as products are not subject to registration, WAGO usually assumes the role of the downstream user in the supply chain. Therefore, WAGO has a duty to inform subsequent links along the supply chain according to REACH Regulation Article 33. Naturally, WAGO takes this duty seriously.

More information regarding our duty to inform under Article 33 can be found on our site “REACH SVHC Declaration” at the following link: www.wago.com/svhc

BOMcheck

European laws, such as REACH and RoHS, require information to be provided about restricted substances in products. This information must be forwarded by the manufacturers and vendors in the supply chain. WAGO uses BOMcheck to successfully and efficiently tackle this challenge with respect to product-related environmental protection.

BOMcheck is a centralized database for the declaration of substances. This is a compliance tool designed specifically to allow manufacturers and suppliers to efficiently create well-structured substance declarations that comply with REACH, RoHS and other regulations concerning the limitation of substances. This Internet database system enhances data quality in the product-related environmental protection sector.

For additional information on BOMcheck, click on the following link: http://www.bomcheck.net

WEEE – Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment

The WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU regulates the take-back and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. Manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic equipment are obliged to register as a `WEEE producer´ and to comply with the reporting and take-back obligations. As a matter of course, we have taken compliance with legal WEEE requirements very seriously all the time - in our own interest as well as in the well-understood interest of our customers.

Only some of our products fall within the scope of the WEEE Directive and the Member State’s implementation laws. These products are WEEE-compliant marked by us, as far as such a marking is legally required (which is not required for the B2B area Europe-wide). 

For more information about WEEE please contact us via [email protected].

 

Less Is More: Our Packaging

Recyclability drives the selection of our packaging materials. All packaging used by WAGO can be recycled in the economic cycle without any pretreatment. In addition to recycling, we value reductions in the use of raw materials. For this reason, our cartons are made with up to 80% recycled paper content and are provided with the RESY symbol. The RESY symbol guarantees compliance with the packaging regulation for transport packaging. And appropriately enough, the designation is indicated by partial perforations. This method enables ink-free printing of WAGO cartons. Ink-free printing in turn prevents unnecessary environmental impacts.

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