To protect the world we live in
Protecting the environment is an essential part of what defines us and our day to day activities.
At MEINL, it is of utmost importance to ensure that all of our operations are being executed utilizing the highest possible level of environmental care and preservation. When buying a MEINL cymbal, you can be sure of this. You have our word.
For us it goes without saying that all kinds of trash like paper, cardboard, plastic, styrofoam, organic waste and others are separated.
As a consequence, we are a member of the official German packaging regulations organization which controls the return of the sales, transport and outer packaging that need to be licensed in a dual system.
By this recirculation of paper, cardboard and synthetic materials, we have conserved 150,520 lb (68,275 kg) of CO2 in 2010. This equals the emission of a car driving 245,277 miles (394,655 km).
Since 2003 we have operated our own photovoltaic power plants which have increasingly grown in size to this very day. Today all of our 6 solar facilities generate a total of 513.000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. This equals a CO2 conservation of 565,485 lb (256,500 kg). With this generated energy we are able to supply 170 households with electricity, or cover more than half of our own power consumption.
To keep our electricity usage at a minimum level, all of the buildings are equipped with motion sensors. Additionally, a centralized lighting and machinery control panel prevents the unnecessary waste of electricity.
All of the electricity used in our facility is produced from renewable energies and comes from water power plants. By doing this we reduce the carbon monoxide emission, which the production of the electricity for our operations would cause if normal energies were used, from 200 tons per year, down to zero
Refuelling our new e-car is now possible at our on-site charging station. As a special service, visitors to our exhibition hall are allowed to refuel their e-cars for free. Just as with all of the power our company uses, we obtain the energy for the e-car from renewable resources.
With a new e-car we are taking another important step towards an environmentally friendly future; beginning this year, MEINL will use the new Opel Ampera company e-car. An own on-site electro-fuel station will refill the Opel Ampera e-car.
All of the metal waste emerging from the production process is returned to our raw material suppliers. There those valuable metal components will be entirely recycled.
A specially developed vacuum distillation system for our cymbal degreasing unit enables us to save approx. 90,000 liters (23,775 gallons) of drinking water per year.
Since 2011 we have heated our multipurpose hall with a pellet heater. Wood is a natural renewable source of energy which is ecologically commendable and converts the carbon-neutral power of the sun into heating energy. Besides that, wood is almost limitlessly available. Compared to other combustible materials, wood pellets emit the lowest carbon and particulate emissions and have the highest points in terms of energy efficiency.
Air heat pump
All of the exhibition area of our multipurpose hall gets heated by an air heat pump. The fans lead the outside air through the evaporator of the heat pump where the heat gets absorbed from the air. With the outside air there is always free environmental heat available and that makes it possible for us to abandon gas and heating oil. Additionally air heating pumps reduce pollutant and carbon emissions, are long-lasting, reliable and low-maintenance.