Harvia invests in sustainability in product design, production and logistics. A durable product is sustainable in itself thanks to its long useful life. The products are designed to be repairable, and Harvia offers spare parts services for them. Another significant factor is the good recyclability of both the materials used in products and of the product itself. Harvia’s products in Finland and Germany are manufactured from over 90 percent recycled steel. Stainless steel itself is 100 percent recyclable.
All heaters meet the requirements of the target market legislation. Harvia carries out continuous testing of its products to ensure safety and compliance with local regulations and requirements. Harvia also studies the energy consumption of electric heaters in different set-ups in its own test saunas.
Harvia is actively involved in industry standardization internationally through research projects and committees. The company is also contributing to the EU level standardization work for residential solid fuel burning appliances, which includes cleaner burning. Harvia’s long-term involvement in research projects related to cleaner burning helps the company meet the tightening emission requirements set by the European Union, which will take effect after 2024.
It’s important that our end-customers always select the right product for their need – and they know how to use, maintain and recycle our products in a sustainable manner.
Harvia pays special attention to guidance in the proper use of both wood-burning and electric sauna heaters. In 2022, the guidance focused on energy-efficient heating of electric saunas, due to the energy crisis in Europe. Wood-burning heaters play an important role in reducing emissions, which is why Harvia provides guidance in how people can heat their wood-burning saunas in a proper and more environmentally friendly way. In the procurement of our sauna production, we use sustainably produced wood and adhere to established standards.
Harvia requires that all its suppliers act responsibly and that its contract suppliers commit to the Harvia Supplier and Partner Code of Conduct, which is divided into ethics, corruption, labor force, health and safety, and environment. In 2022, service suppliers were added to the commitment and the Code of Conduct was extended to cover all Harvia Group companies. The majority (60%) of existing suppliers of goods and services at Harvia have agreed to comply with the Code of Conduct, and compliance is a prerequisite for new suppliers. The company’s goal is that all suppliers whose annual purchases by Harvia total at least 20,000 euros have committed to the Code of Conduct by 2027.