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The ZF brand has a long-standing commitment to environmental protection; the environmental management system DIN ISO 14001 introduced in 1995 is proof of this. For us, this tradition is also a commitment for the present and the future. Below you’ll find some of the most important product-related environmental information related to our Switches & Sensors product portfolio. For statements regarding our environmental management system, about environmental protection at ZF Friedrichshafen AG, or for our environmental protection principles & objectives, please visit our group website, where you can also view the latest environmental report.

Global Responsibility

For many years, The ZF Group has committed itself to environmental protection. The company is consistently focusing on technologies that save fuel, conserve resources, and minimize CO2 emissions.

Energy Management

ZF is committed to environmentally friendly production methods. For example, employees at our Passau site, introduced more efficient energy management. Due to the conversion of manufacturing machines, 14,500 kilowatt hours of energy and 7.5 tons of carbon dioxide are saved per year per machine.

Environmental Protection

Environmental protection has been a key component of our corporate strategy for years and is firmly rooted in the company’s philosophy. In 1995 CHERRY was one of the very first companies in Germany to be certified as compliant with DIN EN ISO 14001.

ZF Product responsibility and substance replacement

After largely excluding lead, cadmium, chrome (VI), mercury and some flame retardants in the context of the RoHS regulation, the REACH directive has resulted in extensive new requirements regarding substances used in products. Here, the requirement to provide information about substances of particular concern as per REACH plays a central role for manufacturers of products.

As part of the so-called candidate list, these substances have been published on the website of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) since 28 October 2008, and they are updated regularly. Hence, checking whether our products contain these substances is an ongoing process. This is why we stay in close contact with our suppliers. If we identify one of these substances in one of our products in the delivery chain, we start the substitution process.

With reference to the specified “candidate list”, we can confirm that, according to most recent knowledge, that all products from our Industrial Solutions product range contain no substances on the list (dated 16.06.2014) in a concentration above 0.1% weight-by-weight.