Energy and Environmental Management
In addition to its focus on healthy economic growth, Kemper also seeks to minimise its environmental impact as much as possible. Protecting the environment is all about dealing with the increasingly scarce resources we need for our production in a responsible manner, reducing our noise and odour emissions, and reducing our packaging requirements, all while maintaining the same product quality standards.
For our manufacturing processes, we primarily require electricity, gas and water. We are constantly working to reduce our consumption, and therefore our environmental burden. For example, by 2017 we are seeking to reduce our energy consumption by 4.5 percent compared to 2013. With the help of our energy management resources, which have been certified according to DIN EN ISO 50001: 2011 since 2014 and are audited annually by an independent certification body, we are able to identify the steps required, develop measures to reduce consumption and evaluate their effects.
In this way, we are reducing our energy consumption
When it comes to energy management, Kemper relies on a system of continuous improvement. We base our actions on the PDCA cycle (Plan, Do, Check, Act):
- Recording the energy demands and energy consumption of our individual plants and sectors
- Fact and data evaluation
- Energy efficiency optimisation through result evaluation
- Improvement review through new measurements
Whenever we purchase a new production site, we attach great importance to maximising energy efficiency and decreasing water consumption as much as possible. Through modernisation, we are further reducing demand while at the same time optimising our use of resources. For example, we divert the waste heat from our refrigeration systems into the heating circuit. Investment in high-speed doors and additional cold/heat locks has enabled us to completely shut down a cooling system in Plant 1.
When contracting energy carriers, we make sure that the use of sustainable energy sources is as high as possible. In 2016, 39.0 percent of our total sourced electricity was renewable, as supported by the EEG, and a further 43.4 percent from other renewable energy sources. This meant we were able to cover more than 80 percent of our electricity needs with energy from renewable sources.
Minimising noise and odour
Another key component of our environmental protection measures is to keep noise and odour emissions at the lowest possible level. For this reason, all our exhaust air streams are cleaned using bio-filters to prevent the odours generated during the meat processing, smoking and cooking operations from being released into the environment. Whenever new cooling units are installed in our plants, they are decoupled to reduce the transmission of sound from inside our buildings to the outside.
Providing information about our consumption and emissions
In accordance with the Federal Emission Control Act, we present all the key figures relating to our resource consumption to the competent authorities in annual reports. Every three years, official noise and sound assessments are also carried out on site.