Environment & Energy

Van Clewe is conscious of its enormous responsibility with regard to the environment.

Ecologically sound practices are a prerequisite, and are actively supported by the company management.


Apart from the fulfilling the legal regulations, van Clewe goes far beyond industry norms in terms of environmental protection. At least 70% of all investment in sustainable specialist machinery is made with regard to environmental protection.

By reducing the consumption of energy, water and raw materials, our textiles can be manufactured through an optimal adjustment of sustainable production conditions.

A few interesting facts and figures

1990s: Van Clewe pioneered the recycling of waste water. The prototype of the waste water treatment plant was sponsored, supported and awarded a prize by the German federal Environmental Agency. At the same time investment was made in machines which use less water and therefore use less energy.

September 2005: Certification of the environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001.

2012: Commissioning of a cogeneration unit. This produces self-generated electricity which can be utilised for production processes. At the same time the waste heat is used in order to prepare the dryer air and heat other process waters.

2012: Successful participation in “Oeko-Profit” – a cooperative project between local authorities, local business and regional partners for protecting the environment by reducing the consumption of resources. You can find out more about this in the Oeko-Tex brochure published by the District of Wesel.

August 2013: Commissioning of a new tenter frame dryer. The new tenter frame saves up to 30% energy in comparison to previous technology by using a completely new dryer design and advanced machine controls. Van Clewe is the second company in Germany to operate this tenter frame. The prototype was already optimised for van Clewe.

August 2013: Van Clewe is once more a pioneer in the textile industry in the field of energy management systems with certification according to ISO 50001.