The pallet and transport sectors are resource-intensive and take a toll on our environment. At the same time, economisation is also a factor. This requires us to think smart and use both pallets and transportation to their full potential—for the sake of both the environment and our bottom line.
The Euro-pallet’s lifecycle
A Euro-pallet is a clean, natural product. It can be used about 10 times from when it comes off the production line to when it can no longer be used to transport gods. Throughout its lifetime, the pallet can be an A-pallet, a freight pallet, a retired pallet, and a rep-pallet before ending its days as a discarded pallet. In order to utilise pallets in the best way possible, we sort pallets so that they create the maximum attainable value in their current state. When a pallet is classified as a rep-pallet, as a certified EPAL pallet repairer, we provide it with ‘first aid’, securing it a few extra trips as an approved Euro-pallet. Eventually, the pallet is discarded.
In most places, when a pallet reaches the end of its service life, it ends up at a recycling centre or waste burning facility. But not here at STEA. We chip pallets and other clean wood. The resulting woodchips are used as CO2-neutral fuel at a heating facility in Engesvang. The city’s residents are thereby provided with environmentally friendly and affordable centralised heating, while STEA does its bit for the environment, knowing that the pallet has been optimally utilised from start to finish.
We use Euro 6 lorries to transport our products. STEA was actually the first company in Denmark to register a Euro 6 lorry. The technology behind Euro 6 ensures reduced NOx emissions, and thus creates less pollution.