The environmental management system of Atlantic Grupa, which is based on the standard ISO 14001, was refreshed in 2017. We focused on understanding the context of organisation and risk management and, accordingly, in the field of environmental preservation and protection given more attention to the proactive approach. The other milestone that marked the year 2017 is related to upgrading the environmental management system with the energy management system, thus bringing energy efficiency to centre stage. Our focus on continuous improvements in the area of energy efficiency and environmental protection was confirmed with the certificate of compliance with requirements of the standard ISO 50001 for our operating companies Cedevita d.o.o., Zagreb, Atlantic Trade d.o.o., Zagreb, and Droga Kolinska d.d., Ljubljana.
The systemic approach to energy management approach in Atlantic Grupa includes production and distribution facilities and is integrated into the existing quality management systems. For the purpose of minimising environmental impacts of energy use, Atlantic Grupa’s energy policy includes:
• encouraging activities aimed at increasing the efficiency of using electricity and other fuels in all facilities of Atlantic Grupa,
• respecting optimal product design and packaging solutions at the stage of product development, which has indirect effects on energy consumption,
• procurement of energy efficient technologies,
• transfer of best internal practices for energy efficiency improvements between the Group companies, and
• complying with regulatory requirements relating to energy use, consumption and efficiency.
As regards energy management, in addition to usual activities of replacing the existing fixtures with LED lighting, we are regularly investing in modern technologies that are more environmentally friendly, technologically advanced and energy efficient. The significant advancements achieved in 2017 include, among others, the improvement of metering equipment of the Snacks production programme at the production site in Serbia, improvement of the Savoury Spreads production programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while in Slovenia, at the production facilities of Savoury Spreads and Coffee in Izola, we invested in the energy information system, renovation of the control system SCADA/HMI and the system of reporting and GSM alarms.
Our care for environmentally friendly products is integrated into the process of developing new products. When designing, planning and manufacturing new products, great attention is given to the aspects of environmental protection and sustainable development. By carefully selecting source and packaging materials, we are reducing negative environmental impacts throughout the life cycle of our products. In the selection of packaging materials we are considering, in addition to ensuring the integrity of products, reducing the amount of packaging used. The other area of consideration is the potential use of recycled and partially recycled materials. Further, we are regularly considering the use of take-back packaging and design of packaging which facilitates the separation of packaging waste after product use. Resulting from this approach, in the Beverages production programme we introduced the use of R-PET plastic bottles made of 50% recycled plastics for the assortment of Cockta products, reduced the weight of thermal shrinking foil on products under the brand Donat Mg, and reduced the weight of the cap on Cedevita On-The-Go packaging.
In addition to the above, in the Savoury Spreads production programme we initiated a pilot project of life cycle assessment (LCA) for the purpose of identifying the areas suitable for reducing negative environmental impacts, thus making another step towards our sustainability.
Waste management remains in the focus of Atlantic Grupa’s environmental and energy management system. In addition to regular training of employees aimed at raising their awareness on the need to separate and recycle waste, we are investing in appropriate infrastructure to improve the conditions for separate waste collection and minimise the amount of municipal waste. In the production plant of Soko Štark we organised a recycling yard with an additional space for organic waste and installed equipment for additional separation of different types of waste.
When it comes to wastewater management, the wastewater treatment system in production facilities of Soko Štark in Belgrade and Ljubovija, Palanački Kiseljak and Foodland was audited by external consultants for the purpose of identifying areas for improvement. We used the received proposals for action to prepare our plan of activities. Additionally, by investing in neutralisation we achieved further optimisation of the biological system for wastewater treatment and thus improved our impact on the environment.
Atlantic Grupa's sustainable environmental management is based on a well-considered and economical use of natural sources, using environmentally friendly technologies in our production, reduction of waste and rational consumption of energy and water. This encourages us to identify the best solutions in the area of sustainable development. We are transparently presenting our accomplishments by publishing annual reports according to GRI principles since 2014.
In the 2017 report, we focused on analysing and measuring key indicators that have been identified on the basis of an initial broad list of topics that may affect our business or be of concern to our stakeholders. Sources for this list include relevant issues addressed by media, industry and sector benchmarks, matters raised by stakeholders in public debate, internal documents and business strategy. Considering the significance of our economic, environmental and social impacts helped us focus on those aspects that deliver the greatest value to our business and stakeholders, within four major areas: economic impacts, product responsibility, workplace responsibility and environment responsibility.
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