Euron Environmental News
Euron’s Environmental Policy Goes from Strength to Strength
Building on its already impressive waste recycling credentials, Euron has made further progress in its aim to become a 100% environmentally responsible manufacturer of products for the management of incontinence. Since June 2008 its main manufacturing plant in Buggenhout has been sourcing all of its electricity from renewable sources and this is just the first step in a comprehensive plan to reduce the company’s impact on the earth. With the introduction of Edwin Birnbaum as an Environmental Consultant, the company has worked to identify its key areas for greenhouse gas emission improvement as:
- Electricity Consumption
- Sustainability and Post Consumer Waste from the Disposal of Used Products
CEO Michael Teacher has outlined the key measures to tackle these areas in the following statement:
“We have completed a calculation of our greenhouse gas emissions for last year and are now able to target reducing them. We have switched the electricity we buy for Buggenhout to 100% renewable, and the Eeklo plant will follow soon. We are also in the process of installing solar panels on the Buggenhout plant and will examine the feasibility of deploying them to more plants soon. Additionally we have collected energy consumption data by plant with the aim of sharing learnings to effect a significant reduction.
Another important initiative is the joining by Ontex of the Carbon Disclosure Project, which is supported by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund). The Carbon Disclosure Project is an organization which works with over 2500 of the world's largest corporations to disclose the Greenhouse Gas Emissions, with the objective of reductions.
On the sustainability front, we are working with our fluff suppliers to ensure that all fluff is taken from environmentally responsible sources. Additionally we are aiming to maximise independent certification through internationally independent recognised bodies such as PEFC.
We are also conducting several studies on the impact of our products on post consumer waste. These studies consider the energy generated by our products after use by incineration, or by more modern technologies such as bio-gasification. We have started including these factors in the product design.”
These long-term plans will continue to be supported by improvements to product composition as Euron looks to further enhance its global offering. Further information on these changes will be available soon.