At Intermas it is very important that we act in accordance with ecological standards.
Insofar as it makes good economic sense, we take a holistic approach to environmental protection that includes a product's entire life cycle: from development through production and use up to the disposal of the products.
In addition to compliance with the relevant requirements and legislation, we aim to limit any negative environmental impact by using the "best available technology", by optimising our consumption of energy and resources and through the effective prevention of emergencies.
We have taken the measures set out below and not only comply with the following guidelines, but take them seriously enough to make them part of our lives.
Avoiding CO2 through green electricity
All the electricity we use comes from renewable sources. We therefore make an important contribution to the sustainable use of energy and thus to the protection of the environment.
Regulation (EC) No.1907/2006 (REACH Regulation) is the European Chemicals Regulation concerning the registration, assessment, approval and restriction of chemical substances. It came into force in June 2007 to protect human health and the environment against the risks emanating from chemicals.
The EC RoHS Directive (Restriction of (the use of certain) Hazardous Substances) limiting the use of such substances in electric and electronic equipment sets out the requirements for the use of hazardous substances in equipment and components. The aim is to restrict undesirable contents in electric and electronic equipment brought into circulation in the EU.
On 31 May 2014, companies listed on the US stock exchanges had to disclose for the first time to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which exercises oversight over stock exchange trading, whether their products contain what are known as "conflict minerals" from the Democratic Republic of Congo or its neighbouring countries. We, as a German company that either supplies directly to the USA or acts as an intermediary supplier, are therefore directly affected by this disclosure requirement.