Sustainability Concept

By “Sustainability”, Bucher Municipal means taking a long-term view for the conduct of the business.

Stability, awareness of responsibility, fairness, reliability and a certain modesty are central to its meaning. Hitherto the idea of sustainability was recognised but only implicitly; now it has become an explicit part of our operational activities and our culture. If in doubt, take the longer term view. This basic attitude is the core of our company culture and our commercial relationships.

Sustainable product range

The striving towards sustainability in the widest sense is part of our strategy for optimising our products and is a matter of competitiveness. These quality features are an expression of our corporate philosophy. At its centre stands surface cleaning technology – Bucher Municipal sweepers. Our products are characterised by long service lives and high energy efficiency. At the end of their working life these vehicles are recyclable virtually 100%.

Focus on emissions

All of our vehicles satisfy the highest requirements for reductions in fine dust emissions and thus carry the EUnited Municipal Construction type PM10 - 3 star certificate. Their noise in sweeping mode is ≤ 99 dB. Intelligent load-sensing for automatic reduction of engine power minimises noise and fuel consumption. The automatically optimised adjustment of sweeper brooms between streets and steps reduces the burden on the environment and also the operating costs. Some Bucher Municipal sweepers have already been granted the the EEV standard (enhanced environmentally friendly vehicle) with values even lower than those set out in the Euro-5 standard. Vehicles which satisfy this standard permit procurement of low-emission municipal vehicles which constitute an environmentally-aware sustainable investment.

Ecologically-responsible

Water recovery minimises consumption of fresh water and so protects the environment. The special dirt-resistant paint finish guarantees the long working life of the sweeper. The biologically-based oil ensures quick and environmentally degradation of lubricants.

 

Bucher Municipal is building a low-emission future

Since 2009 Bucher Municipal has been working on a project to develop a prototype sweeper with fuel cell drive, using hydrogen as the energy medium (hy.muve). The Swiss Materials Testing and Research Institute (Empa) and several industrial companies are partners in this project. The combination of «clean» hydrogen and efficient fuel cell / electric drives offer virtually emission-free operation. The prototype has been en service for several years  and the hy.muve CityCat 2020 H² has performed well: Power consumption is around 50 to 70% less than that obtained with diesel hydraulic drive. Experience with this project is providing continuous feedback into further development of standard vehicles.

Resource efficiency and and climate protection

Efficient use of resources and energy contributes both to  environmental protection and also to cost-effective operation. Bucher Municipal is focussing its efforts on a significant reduction in fuel consumption and increased use of renewable energies. Other important topics include waste avoidance, recycling and water management.

Our employees

Competent ad motivated employees are our most valuable asset. Apprenticeships, progressive conditions of employment and a generous pension scheme are important aspects of policy at Bucher Municipal. We give our employees scope to develop their potential and promote education and training as well as internal dialogue.


All of these measures lead to Bucher Municipal products being environmentally friendly long-term investments which pay for themselves.

Competent ad motivated employees are our most valuable asset. Apprenticeships, progressive conditions of employment and a generous pension scheme are important aspects of policy at Bucher Municipal. We give our employees scope to develop their potential and promote education and training as well as internal dialogue.