Committed to the climate
Active environmental commitment forms an elementary part of our corporate policy. As a traditional company, the responsible handling of materials plays a naturally inherent role in our business operations. Right from the initial product idea, we pay attention to environmental protection as well as human health, aligning our actions to the national and European environmental regulations.
Copper materials produced at Diehl Metall are particularly sustainable due to their unlimited recycling capability. They are in harmony with the environment, retain their value and have an exceptionally high recycling rate. Brass, as an important representative of copper materials, is characterized by a wide range of properties and has thus become indispensable in our everyday lives.
Diehl Metall practices sustainable business operations by handling resources with care, reinforcing a recycling mentality and – as an energy-intensive company – by paying particular attention to energy efficiency and reduction of CO2 emissions.
For example, we take back all the chips and scrap material generated at our customers’ sites and reintroduce them to the production process. This not only protects valuable raw materials, but also leads to significant energy savings. After all, recycling copper means that the energy associated with ore mining as well as with the preparation and transport of ores and ore concentrates is rendered unnecessary.
In our production processes, we pay attention to avoiding waste – even in the case of auxiliary and operating materials. If waste is unavoidable, we focus our efforts on recycling the material.
Recycling protects our environment and thereby contributes to maintaining the basis of life and a functioning ecosystem.
Our products are used throughout the world in a variety of application areas. It is our aspiration to develop and manufacture durable and sustainable products. All locations worldwide attach the same great importance to energy efficiency and CO2 savings. With best practice examples we underline the knowledge- and technology-based approach of our efforts. We regularly exchange views and learn from each other throughout the group.
More best practice examples of the Diehl Group
The classic combustion engine will continue to define our streetscape in the coming years, even if the move towards electromobility is being pushed forward strongly. It is thus necessary to continue developing this technology from an ecological and economic perspective.
The company Diehl Metall is participating in these endeavors through its material development for more efficient engines.
The automotive industry is facing special challenges, with ever more stringent regulatory requirements to reduce CO2 emissions in combustion engines alongside demands for increasingly higher performance. The alloys used until now for valve guides, synchronizer rings and bearings, as important components of the combustion engine, are not optimum anymore in view of these challenges.
This is where the special brass materials from Diehl Metall come into play, leading to more efficient, wear-resistant and smaller designs. This downsizing concept is already enabling compliance with future guidelines and, beyond that, is also heading toward consistent modernization of the combustion engine.
In developing these materials, Diehl Metall brings together commercial and technical expertise while never losing sight of environmental requirements. The special state-of-the-art, lead-free brass alloys from Diehl Metall are already setting impressive standards for the automotive market of the future.
Diehl Metall assumes responsibility for environmental issues – a visible sign of this is our commitment in various environmental initiatives and associations that we have been supporting for many years.
- European Copper Institute (ECI)
The European Copper Institute (ECI) and its network of national associations in Europe bring the copper industry together to generate markets for copper, ensure fair market access for copper products and to support society’s acceptance of the copper industry.
- German Copper Institute (Deutsches Kupferinstitut – DKI)
Diehl Metall is a member of the German Copper Institute (Deutsches Kupferinstitut), which is incorporated into the international network of the Copper Alliance. The DKI combines research and application with the aim of generating an open knowledge platform. The Copper Institute, as an innovation motor, supports several market development projects, offers solutions for specific application areas and sound information for expert and public circles – in a competent, neutral and fair way.
- Metals pro climate (Metalle pro Klima)
Diehl Metall is a founding member of Metals pro Climate (Metalle pro Klima), an initiative of leading companies in the non-ferrous metal industry.
The material properties of aluminum, copper, zinc and other non-ferrous metals render the metal-producing and metal-processing member companies of Metals pro Climate indispensable climate protectors: through energy efficiency and CO2 savings in production, as well as durable and modern products in combination with sustainable management and recycling.
- Environmental Pact Bavaria (Umweltpakt Bayern)
With its Röthenbach location, Diehl Metall participates in the Environmental Pact Bavaria (Umweltpakt Bayern). The Environmental Pact Bavaria was called to life in 1995 and is a voluntary agreement drawn up between the Bavarian government and Bavarian industry.
In the pact, the Bavarian government and Bavarian industry declare their express belief that natural resources can be protected better with voluntary and reliable cooperation between the state and industry rather than with laws and regulations alone.
REACH is the chemicals regulation of the EU relating to the introduction, manufacture and use of all chemicals. It serves to protect human health and the environment. The regulation is applicable in all EU countries and is based on the principle of an increased responsibility within industry for the risk-free handling of its substances.
- Substances subject to authorization
To protect human health, substances which may be considered to be of very high concern are subject to an authorisation process.
As part of this process, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) regularly publishes proposals to identify chemicals as substances of very high concern in the form of a “Candidate List”. In a further step, a decision is made as to whether the respective substance on the Candidate List is subjected to an authorisation process and then, if appropriate, whether restrictions of use for this substance can be expected.
The Candidate List is reviewed by Diehl Metall after each revision by ECHA.
Lead metal was added to the SVHC Candidate List as of 27/06/2018 (SVHC stands for “Substances of Very High Concern”).
Lead is contained as an alloying element in some products in Diehl Metall’s range. Diehl Metall informs its customers in accordance with the information obligations under REACH.
Whether further restrictions, such as authorisations for certain uses, will be made during the course of the REACH process for applications of copper and brass alloys containing lead is subject to extensive consultation and will likely not be addressed before 2020. There are good reasons against the need for authorisation – the risks associated with handling materials containing lead are controlled.
In the event that lead is nevertheless subject to authorisation, there will be a transitional period until 2024. Authorisations for certain uses would have to be requested no later than 18 months before the end of the transitional period. It can be assumed that corresponding authorisations will be granted by the Chemicals Agency, especially since substitution of machining alloys containing lead is not straightforward using the latest technology.
Copper and brass alloys containing lead will therefore not lose their extraordinary importance in the future.
- Safety data sheets
Rods, tubes, profiles, strip, wire as well as the turned, stamped and forged parts produced from these are products for which there is no legal obligation to generate safety data sheets. The corresponding information sheets will be provided on request.
- Definition: substance, mixture and article
Cast billets and slabs are classified as substances and alloys as mixtures.
The semi-finished goods produced from these (rods, tubes, profiles, strip, wire) as well as the turned, stamped and forged parts then generated during further processing are classified as articles.
The classification is made in accordance with the “Guidance on requirements for substances in articles” of the ECHA.
- Waste and REACH
Metal scrap and chips are defined as waste in accordance with the Waste Framework Directive 2006/12/EC. They are subject to waste legislation and do not fall under the scope of the REACH regulation.
The national and international locations of Diehl Metall are largely certified according to the environmental management system ISO 14001. We regularly have our energy and environmental management systems audited by independent experts. In this way, we can safeguard our set environmental goals and continue to further develop sustainable processes and technologies for protecting raw materials.
- Diehl Metall, Röthenbach
In daily business, Diehl places great value on energy efficiency and careful treatment of the environment. The Röthenbach location is certified according to the environmental management system ISO 14001 and the energy management system ISO 50001.
Our products are characterized by ecological soundness, as they are produced from copper materials which can be 100 % recycled. Our production and manufacturing processes are likewise environmentally friendly. With modern exhaust gas purifiers we ensure that we do not merely observe the statutory threshold values but are significantly below them.
- Diehl Metal Applications, Berlin and Teltow
Environmentally sound business practices and continuous improvement of environmental protection measures are fundamental aspects of the Diehl Metal Applications (DMA) corporate policy. We thus ensure resource-saving production processes as well as the manufacture of environmentally-sound products. We determine and assess the environmental impact of our activities on a regular basis.
Since 1996, the Berlin location has had a validation according to the EMAS regulation; in 2013, the EMAS system was extended to the Teltow location. Furthermore, DMA has a certified environmental management system according to ISO 14001.
- Diehl Metal Applications, Zehdenick
At the Zehdenick location, DMA develops and produces products largely for use in the automotive industry. Stringent and consistent environmental protection is focused on to a significant degree here due to the close proximity of the plant to the natural surroundings. By means of intensive development work for electric vehicle components, the company also makes an active contribution to environmental awareness with its products.
An environmental management system according to DIN ISO 14001 has been in place at the Zehdenick location since 2007.
- Sundwiger Messingwerk, Hemer
Due to its location in the middle of a residential area and next to the Sundwiger Bach river, Sundwiger Messingwerk has a special responsibility to the local area and the environment. For many years now, we have been contributing to ensuring a continuous and sustainable improvement in environmental protection, occupational health and safety as well as energy efficiency. Measures for achieving this include investments in noise protection facilities or in the operation of a wastewater treatment facility.
Since 1999, Sundwiger Messingwerk has had a certified environmental management system according to ISO 14001; since 2005, a certified occupational safety management system according to OHSAS 18001; and since December 2012, a certified energy management system according to ISO 50001.
- The Miller Company, Meriden (USA)
The Miller Company markets strip made of innovative copper alloys for the US market on behalf of Diehl Metall. Our semi-finished goods are produced in an economic and environmentally sound way. Furthermore, with our recycling loop we ensure maximum raw material efficiency. The Miller Company is committed to fulfilling the US environmental protection regulations continuously and at the highest level.
- Diehl do Brasil, São Paulo (Brazil)
Diehl do Brasil is entirely committed to observing environmental regulations, avoiding air pollution and protecting natural resources such as water, energy, raw materials and packaging materials.
Environmental awareness among employees forms the foundation for responsible handling of limited resources. Waste avoidance and continually increasing recycling awareness are the focus of attention.
Diehl do Brasil has been certified according to the environmental management system ISO 14001 since 2001.