Environmental protection is one of the highest priorities in the business strategy of Alkaloid. The company continuously follows and implements the latest achievements in this area, trying to contribute to healthier and cleaner environment in which we all live. As a socially responsible corporation, Alkaloid integrates the System for Environmental Management into the Integrated Management System (IMS), pursuant to the standards ISO 14001:2015, ISO 9001:2015 and the guidelines of Good Manufacturing Practice.
Alkaloid constantly monitors and controls its technological processes in order to insure environmental protection, including increase of energy efficiency and energy saving. We constantly monitor the environmental aspects, i.e. the emissions of gas in order to minimize the greenhouse effects and CO2 emission. For that purpose, the company switched to using natural gas instead of crude oil for processes at its production site in Gjorche Petrov. In order to improve the quality of the wastewater, and maintain the levels into the prescribed parameters, we have revised the sewage system.
Special attention during the production processes is paid to the selection of waste and its efficient recycling, which noted nearly 20% improvement compared to the previous year. Proper handling with the toxic waste material is of crucial importance for Alkaloid. This type of waste is passed onto an authorized company for further treatment and handling.
Based on the positive experience obtained in 2018 with the pilot project on energy efficiency (s.c. Energy Management System (EnMS), made in cooperation with the United Nations Organization for Industrial Development (UNIDO), which is directed towards increasing the efficiency in the energy, waters and materials consumption; the company transferred into creating a special department for Energy Management that is in charge for implementation of this system across the profit centers of the company. The results are presented in the table below.
In the course of 2018, with 20 undertaken measures, out of which 5 were completed, we saved 1,359 MWh of energy per year, which amounts to EUR 46.378.
In the course of 2019, out of 37 undertaken and 12 completed measures, EUR 308.708 or 720 MWh of energy and 100,000 м3 of water were saved throughout the year.
The positive trends for energy consumption for year 2019 are presented in the graphs bellow. The consumption of natural gas is decreased and the consumption of water, electrical energy, oil and crude oil marks optimized trend taking into consideration the increase in the production for 2.77%.