Responsibility towards environment


Based on our continuous desire to improve in all areas of our work, in 2018 we improved numerous areas of the integrated environmental
and energy management system by:

  • focusing on raising the waste management efficiency,
  • improving on-site energy efficiency measurement methods, and
  • using a systematic approach to introducing improvements in wastewater treatment systems.

Our employees from the Marketing and Development departments take into account the sustainability elements, which means that, when
designing new products, they regularly look for solutions with a minimum adverse environmental impact.
In order to ensure regular compliance with all requirements from the applicable legislation, we introduced a practice of an annual review of
the environmental and energy management system, with assistance by external experts for local legislation. This approach was first applied
in our business locations in Slovenia, from which we will transfer gained experience and good practice to other markets in which we operate.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND WATER CONSUMPTION 

The energy efficiency management system, in the part related to measuring and planning improvements, is correlated with the operational excellence management process. The Operational Excellence department monitors and analyses KPIs on a monthly basis together with holders of these activities in individual production sites. By monitoring trends, new challenges, areas for improvement and good practices are identified.
The energy efficiency improvement initiatives from individual sites are registered on the corporate level within the Central Investment and
Operational Excellence departments. In this way, the centralised approach is used to improve energy efficiency and realise specific projects.
As in previous years, the highest priority in this area are still investments related to introducing more advanced energy consumption control
systems, whereas quality measuring of energy consumption is a necessary prerequisite for further technical advancements.
A few examples of technological improvements that were implemented in our production sites during 2018 are as follows:

  • Grand Prom d.o.o. and Soko Štark d.o.o., Belgrade – replacing the boiler with a more energy efficient one,
  • Soko Štark d.o.o., Belgrade – improving the electricity and natural gas consumption control system,
  • Soko Štark d.o.o., Igroš – investing in a new pasteurizator and a more energy efficient compressor,
  • Soko Štark d.o.o., Palanački Kiseljak – increasing the capacity of heat exchangers by using thermal water as a renewable energy source,
  • Cedevita d.o.o., Apatovec – installing the fuel consumption meter and working hours meter,,
  • Cedevita d.o.o., Zagreb – installing a new counter-current heat exchanger used in the steam pipeline for heating business premises and improving counter-current heat exchangers used in production,
  • Fidifarm d.o.o. and Montana Plus d.o.o. – replacing counter-current heat exchangers,
  • in many sites we carried out improvements of thermal insulation on steam and other hot water pipelines, introduced control of condensate separation, more rational use of energy by automatic deactivation of the ventilation system, etc.

With regard to reducing water consumption in the production site of Cedevita d.o.o. in Apatovac, the programme of CIP washing of items in
syrup-making and production facilities was reviewed, which resulted in significant water consumption reduction.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY PRODUCTS

In our company we are aware that, by carefully selecting source and packaging materials, we can reduce negative environmental impacts
throughout the life cycle of our products.
In the process of innovation development, managed by the Central Marketing department, special attention is given to integrating sustainable development elements in all stages of development of new products. The most room for improvement was identified in the area of packaging materials, particularly with regard to careful selection of packaging materials, reduction of the amount of packaging used and use of recycled materials. We are also consistently carrying out additional activities in this area, namely considering the introduction of 100% recyclable R PET packaging that can be composted, and analysing the potential reduction of the amount of aluminium packaging used.
In this area we should especially note theactivities of the Strategic Business Unit Savoury Spreads which, in cooperation with an expert partner in the field of environmental protection, performed an analysis of the product life cycle (LCA-Life Cycle Assessment) for several products under the brand Argeta. This analysis provided us with a better understanding of adverse environmental impact contributions in the entire production chain, “from field to table”. In this way, the key elements for reducing adverse environmental impacts were identified, and the sustainability results will be integrated into the business programme development strategy in the future period.

WASTE MANAGEMENT AND WASTEWATERS

Waste management improvements are one of the regular objectives of the environmental management system in all our business locations.
In order to achieve this objective, we are continuously carrying out planned training of employees aimed at raising their awareness about the
importance of environmental protection. Additionally, we regularly use different internal communication channels to educate employees in
this area. For example, our intranet and other internal corporate communication channels are regularly used to remind our employees about
the importance of separating waste, which resulted in their higher awareness about the importance of this topic.

Here are a few examples of implemented waste management improvements:

  • in the production plant site of Soko Štark d.o.o. in Igroš, a recycling yard was organised, while the same company’s plant site in Belgrade
  • was equipped with new containers and receiving pools,
  • in the production plant of Cedevita d.o.o. in Zagreb, an ecological safety cabinet was procured for the temporary storage of hazardous and explosive liquid waste,
  • in the production plant site in Izola, separate waste collection was expanded to sub-fractions of different types of waste: the sorting of different types of paper and plastics was introduced,
  • in the production plant in Rogaški Vrelci, new waste scales were procured for the purpose of automatizing the waste measuring process and achieving maximum data precision, so that we are ready for the next step of establishing a modern “ecological island”, which is planned for 2019.

With the aim of improving wastewater treatment processes and thus reducing emissions, the environmental management system includes
long-term action plans that were defined for production sites of Soko Štark d.o.o. in Belgrade, Ljubovija, Palančki Kiseljak and Igroš, under
which the realisation of activities and their progress are regularly monitored.

With regard to the production of savoury spreads, in the production plant in Izola we reduced the amount of waste fat by increasing the
amount of reused fat and concentrates after cooking meat and fish raw materials. In the segment of wastewaters, we reviewed the wastewater treatment system performance and optimized the process.

TRANSPARENT REPORTING OF PROGRESS IN THE FIELD OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
ACCORDING TO GRI STANDARDS

In 2018, our sustainability report was prepared according to a new version of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standard (2016), so we are harmonized with the latest international practice of transparency regarding impacts on the environment, economy and society.

GRI Report 

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