The EU's climate protection regulations for commercial vehicles and motor vehicles stipulate a gradual reduction of the emissions of exhaust fumes, such as carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), hydrocarbons (HC) and particulate matter. Level IV has applied since January 2013 for the upper performance range (130 to 560 kW) of diesel engines. Since October 2013, this applies to vehicles and machines in the kW range from 56 to 129.
In addition, there are requirements for noise suppression, which are formulated in the technical instructions for noise abatement and increased end user protection requirements on the manufacturers of light equipment and compact equipment. This is because working with equipment must not impair the health of the end user. Fatigue free movement processes, ergonomic equipment shapes and a low weight are the key words here.
“It is a matter of course that we take these regulations seriously together with our component suppliers and implement them accordingly in an intelligent manner. However, we have decided to take additional measures to make our products more economical and more environmentally-friendly. In return, we award the ECO seal,” says Martin Lehner, CTO of Wacker Neuson SE.
Wacker Neuson not only awards the ECO seal for the particularly low exhaust emission consumption of equipment or construction machines, but generally also for sustainable technologies. ECO has a double meaning and stands for environmental protection (ECOlogy) as well as for economic efficiency (ECOnomy). The group highlights machines and equipment with the seal that make a special contribution to environmental protection, resource conservation and economic efficiency. This includes both new developments as well as proven products.
Sustainability begins with production.
How important the topic of sustainability is to Wacker Neuson is also reflected by its commitment to the VDMA Blue Competence Initiative, which was launched in the fall of 2012. The core of this campaign is that plant and machinery engineering can implement ecological, social and economic goals through sustainable engineering.
The ECO seal can, if you will, not only stand for machines and equipment, but also for the production facilities of Wacker Neuson. When building the new factory in Hörsching near Linz, for example, the environmentally-friendly and economical use of energy and natural resources played a major role. A solar system provides the energy for the hot water treatment. A lighting control system in the production halls and motion detectors in the office wing provide for an economical consumption of light energy. The painting system is operated free of waste water – to mention only a few examples.
“The topic of sustainability is rapidly gaining importance. Even customers from regions such as Asia, where there are no such strict regulations, place value on environmentally-friendly products and production plants. In the future, the companies that are innovative and successful will be those who create environmentally-friendly, economical and safe solutions. Wacker Neuson will be among those companies in the future as well,” says Martin Lehner.