For EMO, sustainability is far more than just playing an active role in biomass and in reducing our terminal’s energy usage and level of CO2 emissions. A healthy company in healthy surroundings is something EMO takes for granted. That is why we focus on sustainability, no matter the size of the project.
EMO does this by establishing sustainable relationships with customers, suppliers, governments and local residents. Our devotion to sustainability is backed by our deep respect for relations, people, material and the environment. According to EMO, sustainability is the best way to offer a better service. We translate our support of sustainability in a variety of levels in many areas. For example, EMO is actively developing new techniques in dust reduction. After we successfully developed solutions to the dust problem, EMO introduced dust suppression measures in our terminal. Dust released during the loading and unloading of the products can form a nuiasnce, but is not harmful. Unlike fine particulate matter, the dust particles at EMO represent only a nuisance, and no threat to public health. For that reason, our staff are not required to wear facemasks.
Our use of resources is another explicit example of EMO’s forward-thinking approach to sustainability. EMO deliberately chooses sustainable, state-of-the-art machinery and components with a long lifespan, manufactured using environmentally responsible production methods, thereby reducing the amount of resources needed, such as steel and oil, water during the production phase as well as fuel for transport. By deliberately opting to use sustainable, high-quality machines and components with a long service life, manufactured according to responsible production methods, we keep the impact of our activities as low as possible.
A number of examples:
- Use of high-efficiency motors
- Speed-regulated transport conveyors
- Use of energy chains for the unloaders
- Introduction of LED spotlights/lighting
- Energy-efficient rubber conveyors
- Earthmoving machinery compliant with the latest emission standards
Recycling waste is another concrete example of our efforts. Every home and every company, small or large, always produces waste. The negative impact on the environment can be limited by actively cutting down on waste. EMO does this by recycling as much waste as possible. Using resources better means we can reduce environmental pollution. EMO has made several adjustments, resulting in more efficient use of resources, including fossil fuels and water. We have achieved energy savings by actively investing in highly efficient power-driven equipment, by installing motion detectors for lighting and using sustainable lighting when building or renovating.
EMO uses lots of water to reduce the nuisance of dust on the surroundings as much as possible. Sprinkler installations keep the area wet and all vehicles must go through the car wash before leaving the site. You need lots of water to do this. Our own comprehensive water reclamation, storage and recycling system supplies all the water we need. Rainwater at the terminal is stored separately using our own drainage system. After going through our recycling system the water gets stored in a basin so we always have water available without having to use expensive drinking water. Our wastewater does not enter the public sewerage system or come in touch with ground water.
The further reduction of dust and noise levels are important elements in our (new building) projects. One excellent example is the replacement of a large proportion of our transport conveyor system, concluded in September 2017. This led to a large reduction in the number of drive motors and other components. The new drums and rollers have had a positive effect on noise emission levels. With these new conveyors, we are able to monitor the noise ourselves and to intervene where necessary. As well as reducing noise emissions, other improvements include energy saving, reduced dust emissions and the more sustainable use of materials. In the near future, EMO will also be in a position to cut back the speed of its conveyors, depending on the volume in transit. This will have a positive effect on overall performance.
Minding the environment and at the same time running a healthy commercial organization is a challenge, but one the company gladly accepts.