R-taso, a Finnish maker of industrial walkways, has calculated the carbon footprint of its production and found that its walkways have a carbon footprint a third lower than conventional walkways.
The company uses steel to produce its walkways, and it says its design uses 30% less steel, resulting in the lower carbon footprint. The calculations were carried out by Macon, a company specialising in the bio and circular economy. With the availability of the new data, R-taso can now look at providing its customers with carbon footprint calculations alongside its products.
‘R-taso specialises in demanding industrial environments, wherefore the reliability and safety of the walkways is a key aspect guiding production. This does not prevent the sensible use of materials nor taking the ecological viewpoint into consideration. The clever, modular structure of our products means we use just the right amount of raw material in the right places,’ says R-taso CEO Ville Törmänen.
The source of the raw material, steel, is also important. European steel suppliers have the smallest carbon footprint in the world, and R-taso sources its steel from Finnish form SSAB, which has a carbon footprint 7% lower than the European average.
Törmänen adds: ‘Our design principles also allow for climate benefits in logistics. The modular structure means our products can be loaded on to cargo containers more densely. As an example, emission reductions of a shipment to Uruguay come to roughly 150 tonnes when compared to the shipping of more traditional solutions. This is equivalent to driving a diesel car over 400,000 kilometres.’
More information can be found on the company website.