QUALITY IS NO RANDOM
Highest quality of our products and services and the fulfillment of the customer expectations as well as any regulatory requirements are our obligation.
The permanent review of our business operations plays a key role in achieving accurate work results for our customers.
To ensure the fulfillment of customer needs within our business, including product integrity and services, we are committed to aligning our quality system with EN ISO 9001 and constantly developing it. For this purpose, quality metrics have been defined in separate documents for all relevant departments. The regular review of these metrics and their communication with all divisions and all employees is a key element of our quality policy.
We know about our ecological responsibility and consciously face it. The continuous improvement of our company's environmental performance is our goal.
In all activities to fulfill our business purpose, we attach the highest importance to the careful handling of all resources used. The observance of all environmentally relevant laws and conditions is a matter of course for us. It is our concern to avoid or reduce waste in our activities as far as possible. We endeavor to actively involve our customers and suppliers in our environmental management, as well as to inform authorities and the public accordingly. On request, we will gladly provide you with the AST environmental policy.
ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES IN FISCAL YEAR 2019/2020
AST Eis- und Solartechnik GmbH is always striving to improve its environmental performance in order to keep the impact on our environment as low as possible. Below we report on the environmental performance we have achieved in the 2019/2020 financial year. We would like to thank our dedicated employees for their active support in achieving these achievements.
The main products of AST Eis- und Solartechnik GmbH are mobile and stationary ice rinks and solar systems for swimming pools. The first mentioned products are energy consuming, whereas the solar systems sustainably produce energy. If we compare the annual energy production of AST solar systems with the annual energy consumption of AST ice rinks, we balance a higher energy production than consumption. The total solar systems installed by AST produce an annual energy input of approximately 105 GWh. The installed ice rinks require approx. 70 GWh of electrical energy per year. Thus we draw a positive energy balance, as an annual energy gain of approx. 35 GWh is achieved.
The main focus of the environmental management system of AST Eis- und Solartechnik GmbH is the storage and use of glycol/water mixture as cooling brine for mobile ice rinks. The cooling brine is stored in single-walled IBC containers with stable metal reinforcement. According to the CLP regulation, the containers are marked with multilingual hazard and safety instructions. Emergency plans instruct employees and operators of mobile ice rinks how to behave in case of an unintentional glycol leakage in order to keep the damage as low as possible. In the 2019/2020 fiscal year, there was no reported incident of glycol leakage at AST Eis- und Solartechnik GmbH. Nevertheless, there was a glycol loss, although at a lower level than in the previous year. For the next ice season in winter 2020, measures already initiated to raise awareness will be carried out again. For this purpose, events will be held to train new employees and partners in the handling of rental ice rinks.
GLYCOL-FILTER MIXING PLANT
For optimal cleaning and mixing of the cooling brine, an automated filter and mixing plant was put into operation. The used cooling brine can thus be automatically relieved from rust and dirt particles and furthermore the desired mixing ratio can be restored. The time-consuming manual restoration of the mixing ratio is now no longer necessary; in addition, the glycol could previously only be cleaned inadequately.
The system is installed in a 20' container protected from the weather and can easily be transported and operated to other AST locations.
A further positive environmental performance was achieved this year with the waste separation system at the Höfen site. The volume of waste was reduced significantly, especially in the fractions "construction site waste" and "waste wood". The sensitization of our employees was very successful.
Also this year vehicles from the vehicle fleet were replaced. A fully electric vehicle was introduced to the fleet. All other renewed vehicles have lower fuel consumption than the replaced model. As a result, less fuel is consumed and CO2 emissions are reduced.
The protection of our employees is always a major concern for us. For this reason, the workplace evaluations are updated annually and additional measures are derived.
In the next fiscal year we want to continuously improve our environmental performance. We are looking forward to the new challenges.