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Kramer is committed to the continuous reduction and prevention of industrial waste and other forms of pollution

Environment


As a successful global company, we recognize the responsibility we have to minimize our environmental impact on the planet. Kramer is committed to the continuous reduction and prevention of industrial waste and other forms of pollution. We remain in strict compliance with local laws and requirements around the world as well as internationally recognized guidelines; and we are constantly examining ways to implement greener business practices.

Kramer strictly adheres to ISO 14001 which outlines requirements for an environmental management system to promote sustainability. Kramer is audited and certified by a third party for compliance.

Kramer’s environmental policies are based on European Union environmental directives such as WEEE / RoHS, REACH, Batteries Recycling, and Packaging Recycling. These directives lay down rules on the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment and their proper reuse or recycle.

Kramer manages a due diligence program with its suppliers across its supply chain, making sure every material, component and assembly part comply with the RoHS, REACH, China RoHS and other EU directives.

Kramer compliance statements: RoHSREACH, China RoHS

WEEE, ROHS, and China RoHS Directives provide guidelines and restrictions on the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) with the goal of protecting human health and the environment, including the environmentally sound recovery and disposal of waste EEE.

 

RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment)

RoHS restricts the use of certain Hazardous substances in EEE (Electrical & Electronic Equipment). All Kramer products sold in the EU comply with RoHS requirements. The CE mark on Kramer products indicates RoHS compliance. 

 

WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment)

Under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive, when customers buy new electrical and electronic equipment from Kramer, they are entitled to send new equipment back for recycling when this ultimately becomes waste.

In certain EU countries where Kramer is represented directly by its offices, the company has taken it upon itself to supply recycling services to its customers as directed by law.

If you are a Kramer customer or recycler/treatment facility, follow the link below for instructions on disassembly information.

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REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals)

Kramer complies with the European Union regulation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals). This regulation is aimed at ensuring a high level of protection of human health and the environment against risks from chemicals while enhancing competitiveness and innovation.

Most of the provisions in REACH concern chemicals, manufacturers and importers of chemicals. However, a few provisions directly affect “downstream users” and more specifically, producers of articles such as Kramer for whom chemicals are not the main aspect of business. A producer of articles is defined as an organization that incorporates substances or mixtures into or onto materials to form an article.

As a supplier of articles, Kramer is obligated to communicate to its customers and partners on its use of certain chemicals in articles that are on the Candidate List. This list is characterized as “substances that may have serious effects on human health or the environment and, therefore, the risks resulting from their use must be properly controlled and the substances progressively replaced when possible.” (European Chemicals Agency [ECHA])

Kramer implements an information system across its supply chain to gather and disclose information as required by RoHS, REACH and other EU directives or laws.

China RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment)

The Measures for the Administration of Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products took effect as of July 1, 2016 (China RoHS2) and replaced the previous version that was in power since February 2007.

The purpose of this regulation is to control and reduce environmental pollution caused by electrical and electronic equipment at end of its life, and to encourage clean production and comprehensive utilization of resources in this industry (recycling).

The major change in China RoHS2 compared to the original China RoHS is the expansion of the product scope from Electronic Information Products (EIPs) to all Electric and Electronic Products (EEPs).

A detailed list of the types of products affected by this measure is published by the Chinese government in the Catalogue of Management of Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products.

Kramer products are defined as EEPs, therefore the measure applies to Kramer hardware products.

Currently, restricted substances and their maximum concentration values tolerated by weight in homogeneous materials are the same as in the first version of the measure, as follows:

  • Lead (0.1%)
  • Mercury (0.1%)
  • Cadmium (0.01%)
  • Hexavalent chromium (0.1%)
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) (0.1%)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) (0.1%)

Contrary to EU RoHS, products may contain restricted materials above the tolerated concentration, but the public must be notified about it. Such products are marked with either a green or orange China RoHS logo, indicating the environmental protection characteristic of the product.

A green logo indicates that the product does not contain any hazardous substances above the tolerated concentration and that it can be recycled. An orange logo indicates that the product contains certain hazardous substances and it can be recovered.

All Kramer products sold in China comply with China RoHS requirements and the relevant China RoHS logo is printed on the product label.

Click here to download the Kramer hazardous substance declaration.