ROBE s.r.o. is a global company that pursues a proactive policy of sustainable trading and business practices where possible, and takes its responsibility to employees, the community, and the planet very seriously. The company has focused on this approach to its development and growth since it was founded in 1994. Since then, it has been committed to ensuring that both its production processes and products are genuinely greener and more environmentally friendly.
The interest in bringing innovative and emerging technologies to the market can be traced back to the company’s roots. The “Think of the Future Consider Nature” marketing campaign was one of many memorable early brand activations from the last decade, highlighting a philosophy at the heart of ROBE’s operation.
From the very beginning, we proudly renovated old industrial premises instead of building on a Greenfield site. The company is based in the Czech Republic and all processes involved in making the luminaires are undertaken locally in a 75.000 square metre premises consisting of a reconstructed brownfield.
The problem of recultivation in conditions of a constantly increasing area of disturbed lands acquires great socio-economic and ecological significance. The issue of recultivation is always included in our projects for the construction and renovation of old premises and in the plans of land management.
Besides providing us with light and warmth, solar energy helps us save non-reusable energy sources. We started taking all the necessary steps to take advantage of solar energy at the beginning of 2022. A photovoltaic system with a peak power of 1,3 MWp will be installed on the roofs of ROBE’s factory buildings in Valasske Mezirici order to generate electricity from sunlight.
1 year electricity production
CO2 emission reduced
Equivalent to the planting of 25,361 new trees
|Produced energy||1,266,630 kWh/year|
|Produced energy offtake||1,018,320 kWh/year|
|Electrical energy supplied to network||80%|
|Building energy consumption||248,310 kWh/year|
|CO2 savings||526.5 ton/year|
Generating electricity and heat at once? Yes. Thanks to the planned cogeneration units we'll be able to generate electricity and use the excess heat for Robe production spaces and office heating.
It‘s up to each of us, how we‘ll decide to help the environment. ROBE chooses reusable sources of energy and we are doing our part in other environmentally-friendly activities and our production set-up. Take a look at what we do and how we help the planet by our eco-optimized processes.
All elements of the manufacturing process – including plastic moulding, metalwork, PCB production, optical testing, etc., – are completed in house and 85% of all used components are also sourced from within the EU. Building a manufacturing base in the Czech Republic was a conscious decision to initiate shorter supply chains with less transportation required to assemble the finished products.
We reduce paper consumption as much as we can. We do not print any production instructions. All the production instructions are communicated via energy-saving LED screens in the production workshops.
Packaging of component and products, to stay working smartly and sustainably, and to measure our impact on the environment, we are constantly setting targets for self-improvement through reviewing, updating, and implementing policies and working practices at our factory. In addition to recycled polystyrene and ecological film that has been used for many years in the company we try to find a fully ecological replacement
We’re constantly monitoring the materials and techniques used to ensure that waste is minimised and that all our manufacturing processes are as clean as possible and not consuming excesses of water and electricity. Recycling is actively promoted in all departments and we’re still looking for the new ways to reuse waste and new ways of recycling.
Electric cars are setting new environmental standards and in the future they will replace cars running on fossil fuels. Electromobility and renewable energy are part of the transport infrastructure that helps reduce man-made climate change. We’re in the process of acquiring electric and plug-in hybrid cars, in addition to the existing electric car charging point in the factory made available for public use in 2016 which will be supplemented by 5 new solar energy car charging stations in the first quarter of 2023.
The first electromobile charger in the neighborhood.
Product longevity for resource conservation - ROBE products are designed to last and offer long-term reliability, engineered and built for continuity between generations of ‘industry standard’ luminaires, applying sustainability across ROBE’s entire portfolio.
Making every product as versatile as possible ensures maximization of the invested resources and energy with each one working on as many different events as possible during its lifespan.
Most recently, ROBE was the first company to develop a fully ‘TRANSFERABLE’ LED light engine for professional stage lighting products, making the exchange of the engine a simple procedure that can be carried out in just a few minutes. This “TE™” technology is born from real practical experience and several years of development. It ushers in a new mindset, as well as improving the overall quality of LED lighting and boosting its longevity and relevance.
Green marketing - ROBE believes in using its business, resources, and influence to inspire much wider and ‘bigger picture’ solutions in the world of entertainment and architectural lighting, and by harnessing the power and potential of new technologies to assist in contributing to a healthy environment that will help safeguard a future for all. That’s why also our marketing walks on a green path.
We’re in the process of supplying our merchandise in eco-friendly packaging, as well as eliminating the printing of leaflets to lower paper consumption and save energy during the printing process.
We do not use plastic...
When possible we prefer online...
Product documentation is digital only since 2019
By the decision we're saving 19 612 kg of CO2 which represents 902 trees per year.
Instruction product manuals are digital only since 2022
We have digitized instruction manuals and therefore we're saving 8 293,7 kg of CO2. That represents 382 trees per year.
We do not support any print media advertising since 2022. Online only.
By canceling print advertisements we're saving 53 521,7 kg of CO2, that represents 2 462 trees per year.
Humans are a core driver for sustainability - It is our belief that ROBE’s strength lies in its people. We are proud of our low staff turnover and high loyalty, and the welfare and well-being of those working in all departments is central to our day-to-day operations. Everyone can enjoy a positive, clean working environment where staff facilities include a contemporary canteen with nutritious food.
We cook for our 700 employees every day, our meal is served on reusable plates with no plastic materials included and our employees do not need to travel having a lunch by the car which lowers CO2 emissons.
There are no plastic lunch boxes or any other plastic packaging in our canteen. We have reduced production of CO2 by using good old porcelain plates. By the decision we're saving 6812 kg of CO2, that represents 313 trees per year.
Walking to have lunch is healthy for us as well as for the planet. By having a company canteen, daily CO2 savings represents 38 kg or 1,7 trees and 8571 kg of CO2 or 394 trees per year.
We prioritize aligning our processes with legal requirements for environmental protection, ensuring compliance. Additionally, we rigorously verify our data to obtain certifications like Environmental Product Declarations, demonstrating our commitment to environmental responsibility. We actively monitor our Carbon Footprint, striving for emission reduction and taking proactive measures to prevent the release of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.
"Even if we only live once, we should consider that we are not the last generation on this planet. What will we leave behind for our children?"
It’s all about the people and our employees are proudly included in our ecological thinking participating in different projects, such as commuting to work on bicycles instead of cars, planting trees, and proper waste sorting.
We are proud to announce that ROBE has been awarded the prestigious Sustainable Company Certification 2023. This recognition reflects our commitment to environmental sustainability and responsible practices. One of the key initiatives that contributed to this achievement is our Ekolamp take-back compliance scheme, ensuring the proper disposal and recycling of lighting products. We remain dedicated to making a positive impact and setting an example for a greener future.
You can see the certificate here
ROBE believes in using its business, resources, and influence to inspire much wider and ‘bigger picture’ solutions not only in the world of entertainment and architectural lighting, and by harnessing the power and potential of new technologies to assist in contributing to a healthy environment that will help safeguard a future for all.