Products and Solutions
We at HMF have been focusing our efforts to take responsibility to minimize the environmental footprint of our solutions. This comprises a thorough selection of product components and semiconductors in compliance with RoHS and REACH regulations as well as energy saving as a leading principle in purchasing, product development, operations & service as well as IT and facilities. Since the climate change will be the most demanding challenge of our time with high impact on our business, environmental aspects are in focus of our management decisions. As experts for smart communication solutions, we help our customers to maximize the efficiency and to minimize the environmental impact of their communication infrastructure.
Energy efficient products
Our DIB-R5 base stations have been designed for energy efficiency and a low environmental footprint. The modular hardware design enabling scalability, reuse of components and long-term operation includes features for minimizing the energy consumption and thus the total cost of ownership. The use of Digital Power Amplifiers with energy consumption logic and the principle that carriers and time slots are enabled dynamically only if they are assigned to radios (carrier and timeslot ramping) makes the DIB-R5 a benchmark for low power consumption in the TETRA market. Furthermore, all central components run on modern virtualized server architectures with dynamic capacity scaling minimizing the power consumption in the computing centers
Purchasing, Production and Transport
Since we are using 3rd party components in our products and solutions, we have set up criteria for purchasing components and materials that are in line with our security and environmental policy and fulfill the demands of the RoHS and REACH regulations. For our own products, we are using a modern ISO 14001 certified production site that maintains an environmental management system according to this international standard. For shipping of material and products we prefer more energy efficient transport means before air freight where possible.
Facilities and Infrastructure
During the construction of an additional building in Bad Münder, energy-efficient measures such as a ventilation system and photovoltaic system were already implemented in 2015. The company’s own photovoltaic system on the roof already produces 8 % of the total electricity consumption. An expansion is planned for 2022. The goal is to obtain all energy consumption from it in the medium term.
The HMF team is actively working to significantly reduce CO² emissions. The possibility of working from home for most employees has reduced daily trips to the workplace, the use of tools for video and telephone conferencing has significantly reduced the number of business trips, and energy-saving laptops are now standard equipment for every HMF employee.
HMF company vehicles are gradually being replaced by electric/hybrid cars. The first electric cars are already in operation and can be charged on the company premises at their own electric charging points. The charging columns are fed by the photovoltaic system.
HMF GOES GREEN is an internal initiative of HMF employees that want to make their own working environment more environmentally friendly, step by step. In all offices, for example, only energy-efficient lights and lamps are used, waste is consistently disposed separately, and all employees do not use plastic bottles. Regional fruit and organic milk are freely available to employees. For more biodiversity, an insect hotel was set up on the HMF premises and meadows are deliberately not mown. A group of employees meets regularly to collect and implement new ideas for environmental and climate protection in the workplace.
HMF has its main office in Bad Münder, and many employees live in the immediate area. Social participation is an important component of the company culture. HMF therefore regularly supports facilities and institutions in the local region with donations of money and goods. These include schools and sports clubs, for example. Radio infrastructure is important equipment in the event of a disaster. That’s why it’s a matter of course for HMF to help with appropriate equipment in the case of emergency, most recently for example during the flood disaster in western Germany in autumn 2021.
The organization’s HSE Policy is a commitment to comply with the requirements of the customer’s HSE Management System and to continually monitor and improve its effectiveness.
The principles and objectives of the HSE Policy are:
- Consider top priority to the health and safety of its employees, clients, PMC, contractors, and any third parties who may be affected by the execution of the works.
- Create a safe work environment by eliminating hazards and reducing risk to as low as reasonably practicable by providing adequate and sufficient resources and training.
- Comply with all relevant and applicable international and local government laws and regulations, industrial best practices and client’s HSE regulations.
- Protect the environment, prevent pollution, and seek improvements in the efficient use of natural resources.
- Demonstrate a visible HSE commitment and ensure continuous improvement.
This HMF HSE Policy is made known to all staff and employees through training, repetition and prominent display at site. People at all levels at HMF are responsible for leading and engaging the workforce to meet the Health, Safety and Environmental goals and objectives.