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True sustainability requires that something has an overall neutral or positive effect on itself, the world and future generations.  Processing many tonnes of metal every year makes it nearly impossible for Luvata to claim, for example, that today it is carbon-neutral.  But we are working on it.

There are also many ways that Luvata works towards sustainability:

  • Minimising the use of packaging and chemicals.
  • Maximising energy-and-water-saving initiatives.
  • Investing in the morale and development of our staff.
  • Interacting constructively with the communities around us.
  • Surpassing legal, industry and ethical guidelines.
  • Expanding into markets that promote sustainable products and solutions.

Luvata products and technology play an essential part in driving greater efficiency in energy usage. We have driven down the power consumption in climate control and refrigeration, developed alternatives to systems that use harmful refrigerants, and been behind some of the biggest developments in energy generation and distribution.

 

 

Luvata processes many tonnes of metal every year – this requires a lot of energy, water and some chemicals too. We’re working hard to take every opportunity to be the best we can. Here are just three examples:

The off-gases from melting and casting are removed by filtration and, where necessary, by afterburning. Any recovered dusts are recycled to up-stream smelters. The cooling water that comes directly into contact with cast products is treated to remove particles and are then re-circulated.

The modern casting processes that we have developed are more sustainable than conventional processes. They are continuous and produce tubes that are already close in shape and dimension to being finished products. This eliminates further processing stages, which means that less energy is consumed.

Chemicals are recycled or treated. Often, we opt for mechanical processes over chemical ones to reduce chemical use - removed copper particles and dust from these processes are separated and recycled. Emulsions are used for cooling and lubrication are either recycled through ultra-filtration or destroyed by evaporation. The small amount of oil residue produced is sent to hazardous waste treatment plants.

Managing environmental issues is an integral part of the daily business of Luvata. In all of our operations, we are guided by our Environmental Policy. Our management systems and work routines abide by this policy at each manufacturing site.

Best use of materials

Choosing the optimum materials allows us to improve the energy efficiency of our customers' products. For example, in heat exchangers, our research and development work has helped us to increase the thermal transfer properties of thin-walled, surface-enhanced tubes by over 50%. We have also reduced the amount of copper needed in their manufacture by 20%.

In all our partnerships, we aim to recommend the most suitable and most responsible material and solution for the challenge.

Our view of people has an important effect on the way we operate. When we think of people, we think of our staff, our customers and of the communities that surround Luvata's markets and operations.

Staff

Luvata's culture is built on seven ideals - The Behavioural Principles: seven simple ways of living that everyone in the company adopts, every day. These are recognised and rewarded, as well as being the basis of our appraisal system. In addition, we have the TalentStream initiative, which encourages existing staff as well as all new talent to grow through their career.

Customers

The concept of 'partnerships beyond metals' in itself means that we like to think beyond the simple idea of production and sales. We aim to immerse ourself in our customers' products, operations and challenges, and to do all we can to bring long-lasting improvements. It's all about being driven by long-term-relationships.

Communities

In some locations, Luvata employs a significant proportion of the local population. In others, we have universities and influential institutions as neighbours. Beyond that, Luvata is simply a part of the world around it and therefore extends its efforts, wherever possible, towards being a positive and productive contributor to society.



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