Recognising the signs of the times.
If you want to move and change things, you have to lead the way, and show your colours. The blue symbols representing the various building blocks of Kärcher eco!efficiency show at a glance how and where Kärcher’s power of innovation achieves measurably greater and better efficiency. Kärcher eco!efficiency is implemented in all business areas and is an integral part of corporate policies and actions.
Measurable time saving
The simple equation of time equals money is still valid, however multiplied by the efficiency factor. More efficient machines allowing work to be carried out more quickly leads to significant labour cost savings. These allow a shorter payback period, greater added value and calculable competitive advantages.
Intelligent energy efficiency
Everything has its limits. At some point, more power doesn’t make sense. The T 12/1 eco!efficiency dry vacuum cleaner proves that less can be more. Its 750 W motor uses 40% less electricity, achieving 98% of the cleaning performance of the basic unit thanks to flow-optimised suction channels, which is more than sufficient for maintenance cleaning.
Effective dust filtering
Dust is a nuisance to people and the environment and can also be detrimental to health. Kärcher vacuums feature efficient filter systems with innovative components, e.g. TACT and TACT2 systems for fully automatic filter cleaning. With HEPA filters for hygienically clean, particle-free exhaust air. Fleece filter bags with a better degree of separation, double the retention capacity and longer service life compared to paper filter bags. And last, but not least, certified safety vacuum cleaners for critical applications.
Material selection according to application
The selection of optimal materials is a never-ending challenge. New materials and production techniques open up new opportunities in manufacturing and the use of machines, accessories and consumables. Lightweight design, durability, avoidance of pollutants, recyclability and costs - standards that Kärcher takes into account in the manufacture of efficient and eco-friendly products.
Reduced material consumption
If there is one art that is efficient, it is the art of reduction. Less material consumption due to optimised designs is one aspect. Another is reducing the number of components. On average, Kärcher machines consist of significantly fewer components than comparable competitor models. This lighter weight not only saves driving energy, it also saves a serious amount of raw materials and energy in manufacture.
Noise is not just unpleasant, it has shown to be damaging to health. Kärcher counters working noise both in its own production processes and for users. By reducing noise levels and power to an optimum level. An example of this is the T 12/1 eco!efficiency dry vacuum cleaner, which is 5 dB(A) quieter or, put another way, works with far less than half the noise level of the basic model.
Reduced CO2 emissions
Reducing CO2 greenhouse gas emissions a global objective. To reduce its CO2 footprint, Kärcher is making its contribution on all levels of production and in all business areas: through optimised use of materials, energy and water, high recyclability, as well as self-generated renewable energy.
Optimised company processes
Kärcher eco!efficiency simply means continuously trimming all processes in the company to achieve maximum efficiency. This results in constant optimisation in all areas.
Precisely dosed cleaning agent
The most environmentally-friendly and economical cleaning agent is that which is not used. Kärcher DOSE technology enables exact dosage of cleaning agents and, as a result, achieves a much lower level of consumption.
Reduced water consumption
Drinking water is precious and saving it protects natural resources and saves energy for processing, transport and disposal. Many Kärcher high pressure cleaners and scrubber dryers already meet the eco!efficiency standard or come equipped with an eco!efficiency mode.
Extended service life
Manufacturing a machine consumes energy and raw materials. The longer a machine can be used, the better the raw materials from which it is made are used. High quality, reparability and a long-term spare parts supply ensure that Kärcher machines give years of reliable service.
What cannot be avoided from the beginning in raw materials, must be reusable as far as possible after a long machine life. Kärcher machines are currently already more than 90 % recyclable.
The simple replacement of complete assemblies may be the easiest solution, but is certainly not the most economical or environmentally friendly. As early as the development phase, Kärcher machines are designed for reparability: as few components and assemblies as possible, with as many standard parts as possible and the best possible accessibility.
Comprehensive spare parts supply
Durable products can only fully develop their economical and environmental advantages if all spare parts are available until the end of their projected service life. Depending on the particular machine, Kärcher guarantees a spare parts supply for up to 10 years after a model goes out of production.
Less waste water pollution
It is as easy as it sounds: water which has not been used, does not need to be disposed of. At the same time, dirty water should be concentrated in order to make work easier for sewage treatment plants. The Kärcher system, consisting of the machine, accessories and cleaning agents is fine-tuned to achieve maximum effect with minimum effort.