OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT HAS REDUCED AGAIN!
In 2017 our carbon footprint decreased with 46% compared to 2015. Taken into account our increase in production, our carbon footprint decreased even more, with 53%.
energy conservation measures
2015: Active monitoring programme to reduce compressed air system leaks
Replacement of insulation and outer walls
Heat exchangers applied in painting section
Electrical forklifts used in the warehouse
Partial LED lighting applied in and around factory
Motion sensors applied to lighting=system
2016: Demand-driven dust exhaust systems
2017: Investment in high efficiency energy conserving IE-4 motors for compressor and exhaust ventilation systems
Optimizing of compressor system and controls
Marc Luijkx, technical service manager
‘For years we have been busy implementing energy conservation measures in our factory. During the procurement phase for new machinery sustainability and energy consumption play a big role.’
IE4-motors for compressed air supply
DKG Group opts for IE4 motors in the field of compressed air supply. These are maintenance-friendly and energy efficient motors. Compressed air is used, among other things, for the moving of machine parts.
More than 90% of the machine park uses compressed air.
Over 65% of the industrial energy consumption comes from electric drives. The IE4 motors are classified in the highest efficiency class.
By choosing IE4 motors, DKG Group gives a clear signal how important it considers it to reduce CO2 emissions. DKG Group is able to realize an energy saving of 3 to 10% with the new IE4 motors.
DKG Group is able to realize an energy saving of 3 to 10% with the new IE4 motors.
note: as of 01-01-2017, motors with a nominal capacity of 0.75 to 375 kW must meet the requirements of the IE3 efficiency level.
Solar panels & Biomass installation
In 2014 2.300 m2 of solar panels were installed on the roof of the kitchen factory. These panels generate 350.000 kWh annually, which amounts to the electricity use of 90 households.
By co-firing our smaller residual cutting waste we heat our factory. Our 3,5 MW biomass-installation produces more heat than our facilities need at this time. We are currently exploring avenues through which we can convert this excess heat into electricity.
85% ENERGy SAVINGS BECAUSE OF NEW PACKAGING LINE
To facilitate the packaging of thousands of parts per week, the Kitchen Factory has access to two new packaging machines since Q3 2018. This means that we say goodbye to our shrink furnaces and one of the wrapping machines.
The energy consumption decreases by 85% compared to the current shrink furnaces. In addition, cardboard is more environmentally friendly than the current packaging materials.
sustainable laser chamfering
We have implemented laser chamfering in the production phase of our kitchens. By doing so we have removed glue from the chamfering process. Additionally, this modern production technique removes the need for the glue to be raised and kept at higher temperatures. This means additional energy savings. Additionally, the chamfers have increased resistance to both fluids and heat, increasing the lifespan of our kitchens.
environmentally friendly materials
In our painting section we exclusively use water based paint. This is better for the environment, as well as our employees.
Our Greenpanel® countertops are FSC® certified and production of these panels emits 57% less CO2. Since this year the production of countertops for Keller Kitchens has even turned climate neutral. Additionally, the materials used are biodegradable and fully recyclable.
We advise our customers to implement LED lighting, water conserving faucets, and high efficiency electrical kitchen equipment into their kitchens.
quality and environmental certificates
In 2018 we aim to have both our ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certificates.
Our largest waste stream is wood (64%). To mitigate this waste stream, we burn residual cutting waste in our biomass installation. Part of the wood that can no longer be used for the production of new kitchens is reused as input for the particleboard industry. Any waste that is not reused through these avenues is adequately handled by our waste partner Suez.
improving waste separation
An ever-increasing part of waste can be reused as input material for other processes. We aim to further reduce the segment of our waste that cannot be reused (currently 19%). Additionally we have started improving our waste separation in the factory, the canteen, and the offices.
Reusing wood waste
In the final months of 2016 the DKG kitchen factory has started the “Hout met een fout” (Wood with a flaw) project. In this project we repurpose large flawed wood segments into smaller panels or cabinet parts. By doing so, material that was previously considered waste is reused in our kitchens. During the first 16 weeks we have repurposed 77.000 kilograms of particleboard/MDF. By doing so we have effectively reduced our waste stream to half of the original volume.
Bas van Hoof
‘Many of the activities that have been ongoing for years, often intrinsically motivated, or motivated by environmental or cost reductions, can now be adequately structured in the CSR projects.