Environment

Solar panels

In 2019, we installed no fewer than 1,268 solar panels on the large roof of one of our company buildings in Gorinchem. It was an extensive project. Not only because of its size, but also because the structure of the halls was reinforced. The kick-off event was held on April 9, 2019 and was attended by the Municipality of Gorinchem.

In 2019, these solar panels delivered 418,801 kWh as of April.

Solar panel array at Deli Home

CO2 Footprint 2019

CO2-emissions (in tonnes)2018 Zevenaar2018 Gorinchem and Lekkerkerk2018 Deli Home total2019 Zevenaar2019 Gorinchem and Lekkerkerk2019 Deli Home total% change 2018-2019 Deli Home total
Electricity consumption-3.0663.066-2.8592.859-7%
Gas consumption1739111.0842168731.0890%
Fuel leased cars154479633138323461-27%
Fuel equipment-119119-108108-9%
Air travel313162111930-52%
Business km private cars49134812-8%
Lubricants-22-220%
Total3624.6184.9803694.1914.560-8%

Improving CO2 Footprint

Besides installing solar panels in Gorinchem in 2019, other important steps included replacing the central compressed air installation and the extraction installation in the new custom-made production hall. These installations are now state-of-the-art’ again.

A major part of the decrease in electricity consumption can be attributed to merging our production site in Gorinchem with that in Lekkerkerk, which is completed in the first half of 2019. As far as heating is concerned, heat is also being recuperated from the compressors in the new compressed air system, so we expect gas consumption to decrease in the future.

In addition, lights were replaced by LED spotlights in three areas when outdoor lighting was used intensively. The last truck that ran on LPG was already sold in 2018. As of 2019, they all run on electricity. This is not only better for our CO2 emissions, but also for the health of our employees.

In Zevenaar, a was made in 2019 to stay at our current rented location. The final adjustments to the lighting will therefore be carried out in 2020. Moreover, the decision to switch to green electricity had already been made in Zevenaar in 2017, which means there are zero CO2 emissions at this site.

In 2019, we realised a total reduction of 6% in tonnes of CO2 emissions. We are therefore well on the way to achieving our target of 15% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2023.

In 2020, new energy audits will be carried out at our sites in Gorinchem and Zevenaar, in order to meet the EED (European Energy efficiency Directive) once again. The results will once again be used to enable further savings.

External transport

We realize that we are part of a whole supply chain and that some of the CO2 emissions take place outside our company. Because we can partly influence this, we have taken measures to address transport activities from our company to our customers as well as transport activities from our suppliers to our company.

When it comes to transport to our customers, we work with our transporters to continuously monitor the loading rate and to plan our routes as efficiently as possible. In addition, we have focused on expanding our cross docking activities: Transporting materials from other companies to our customers, thus reducing CO2 emissions and traffic jams on the Dutch roads.

We had already taken giant strides s in 2017 and 2018 when it came to transport from our suppliers to our company. For instance, we had switched from road transport from the port of Rotterdam to inland waterway transport from Rotterdam and Antwerp to our company in Gorinchem. This helped to reduce CO2 emissions by a factor of 8! In 2019, we focused on selecting suppliers and effectively combining delivery routes following the merger of our former sister companies JéWé, JeWeRET and Bruynzeel Home Products.