Nature and environment

natur und umwelt blumenwiese
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Environmental protection and nature conservation are essential for us. We are aware that our actions and products can also have a negative impact on the environment. It is therefore all the more important for us to keep this impact as low as possible and to actively contribute to the mitigation of climate change.

For us, this has included a practised and certified environmental management since 2012. High energy efficiency, limited emissions and responsible use of natural resources play a fundamental role in our product development as well as in our production and business activities.

Since 2023, we have been using exclusively green electricity for the production of our luminaires at our main production site in Schwenningen. At the same time, our goal is to steadily increase the proportion of electricity generated at the site. We currently produce electricity via our company's own photovoltaic system and by operating our combined heat and power plants according to the combined heat and power (CHP) principle.

The development of sustainable products is an integral part of our work. Here, the topics of circular economy, energy efficiency and durability play a particularly important role. We are particularly proud of the Cradle to Cradle® certification of our LAVIGO free standing luminaire (light) as the world's first office luminaire ever. For more information on our Cradle to Cradle® certified luminaires and our sustainable product development, click here.

Use renewable energies. Recycling energy from emissions. And produce no more waste. Sounds Swabian? It is.

But this is how every modern, sustainable, eco-effective company should think, work and manufacture. We, at least, are doing our best in the Black Forest.


Our clear goal is to reduce CO2 emissions and to be climate neutral by 2028.

To this end, we have been calculating our carbon corporate footprint annually since 2021 in accordance with the internationally recognised Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG) for our nine Waldmann sites worldwide.

We are aware that, as a manufacturing company, we cannot completely prevent the generation of climate-damaging emissions. However, our aim is to reduce our ecological footprint to the best possible minimum by 2028. In doing so, we focus primarily on those emissions that we can influence directly.

Our climate strategy therefore consists of two climate packages with a focus on various measures to avoid and reduce our emissions. The first milestone will be reached as early as 2023, when we will completely avoid all Scope 2 emissions by purchasing green electricity. This will enable us to reduce our total emissions by one fifth.

We want to offset the unavoidable remaining emissions through high-quality compensation projects (Gold Standard).

Climate footprint 2022

FIRST CLIMATE calculation




Heat generation (natural gas), refrigerants, process emissions, fuel Vehicle fleet
Waste, water consumption, paper, business travel, employee commuting, energy supply chain

t CO2e

1.065,9 (46,4%)
369,4 (16,1%)
863,7 (37,5%)


The climate footprint was prepared by First Climate Market AG in spring 2023 and refers to the 2022 financial year of Herbert Waldmann GmbH & Co. KG.
*In addition, all Scope 3 emissions were considered that are not generated by us at our locations, but which we can influence through our activities.