From now on, Enkco Food Group in Holten transfers all its organic residual substances resulting from its production process to the new fermenter of the Veluwe Water Board in Apeldoorn. This constitutes a 900 ton reduction of the company's Co2 emissions.
The fermenting station is the first energy-neutral sewer water treatment plant in the Netherlands. The fermenter was officially installed when the Dutch Minister of VROM (Spatial Planning, Housing and the Environment), Tineke Huizinga, and the Chairman of the Water Boards Union, Peter Glas, signed a climate treaty. Enkco received a Co2 Reduction Certificate from the Minister.
Energy for 3,900 households
This fermenting station can produce substantially more (methane) gas, and therefore heat and power, than it needs for its operation due to fermenting sewer sediments and organic residual substances from the foodstuffs industry (such as the supplies of Enkco). This supplies enough energy for 3,900 households per year and enough heat for 1,550 houses. The total Co2 emissions thus avoided amount to 17,250 tons per year. This equals the emissions of 35,000 cars. Enkco's contribution amounts to 900 tons. According to Enkco Food Group's Managing Director, this Co2 reduction is merely one of the steps within a comprehensive sustainability programme deployed by the 50-year-old company. "We already introduced a wide range of measures in order to further reduce our environmental footprint and accept our corporate social responsibilities. We will continue our commitment, expressed in measures and covenants such as this one, but also, for example, by choosing more environmentally friendly packaging materials." Accordingly, Enkco will package its vegetarian Vivera products in a new, more degradable type of packaging and the labels will be printed on special, FSC certified cardboard. The wood in this cardboard comes from forests managed in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council's green principles.