Our vision at Hydroware is inspired by circular economy. We want to be involved in building long-term sustainable elevator solutions where good finances are combined with everything being reusable or recycled.Kjell Johansson, founder of Hydroware
Elevators do not have to be worn and thrown away
An elevator must have the same lifespan as the property. This means that an older elevator should not be replaced after several years – it should be modernized. The environmental impact of an elevator is usually greater during manufacturing than during operation. Therefore, it is important that the elevator is adapted to circular economy to enable more modernizations during its lifetime. In this way, we leave wear and tear mentality and save on the earth’s resources.
For over 25 years, Hydroware has worked to move the elevator industry towards a circular ecosystem by preserving the elevator’s material and economic values over a very long period of use. Future-oriented products together with circular business models are a prerequisite for taking further steps towards a sustainable world.
Over the past 25 years, many manufacturers in the elevator industry have chosen to design elevators that are less modular than before. This means that they are no longer as suitable for modernization.
For environmental reasons, it is obvious that we must go back to installing elevators that are adapted to be modernized, module by module. Modernizing an older elevator instead of replacing it entirely with a new one means halving the environmental impact.
Consume less material
In a modernization, parts such as car frame, cabin and guides are retained, which often last for several generations. On the other hand, drive and control systems are being replaced and a new interior and perhaps new doors are being installed. The elevator will be like new and last at least as long as a brand-new elevator without the operating costs being higher.
HydroElite is a drive and control system developed by Hydroware that is well suited for modernization through its robust and modular construction. Replacing an older hydraulic system with HydroElite means a sharp reduction in energy consumption and that only about a third of the power output is required.
Read more about sustainable lifts in our brochure.
Hydroware – a circular actor
Hydroware are members of CirEko, Sweden’s broadest member and business network for circular business. We are members of CirEko to be involved and support the work of influencing society and various industries to move towards circular thinking and circular business models.
Since our business model is already based on product life extension, we are presented as acircular forerunner at Circular Sweden.
Lifecycle for elevators
We have had a life cycle analysis done for a 4-person elevator in a residential building. It clearly shows that the material used to manufacture the lift has a significantly greater negative impact on the environment than that from operation it during the property’s lifetime.
Circular economy for elevators
Circular economy is an expression of economic models in a company, society, or organisation, which highlights business opportunities where circular cycles are used rather than linear processes that have been dominant for a long period of time.