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Corporate social responsibility

Corporate social responsibility at Logisticon

The objective

Corporate social responsibility and environmental management are inextricably linked to Logisticon Water Treatment's & Logisticon Verhuur's organisation and our employees. The objective being to identify, quantify and control the environmental effects of our activities, products and services and continually improve our environmental performance by:
  • Limiting the environmental influence
  • Reducing energy use
  • Reducing CO2 emissions
  • Improving environmental awareness
  • Innovation

Environmental Policy and Corporate Social Responsibility

Our environmental policy and business operation focuses on sustainable development, procurement and production, with the environment, finance and social welfare being evenly balanced. We aim for the minimum or even no environmental impact and/or hazardous (lasting) effects for man and the environment.
For Logisticon, the development and production of sustainable systems is the standard approach. This is seen in, for instance, selecting the most energy-efficient solutions for the entire life cycle. In cooperation with our clients and suppliers, the aim is to implement the best products while ensuring the most efficient use of natural resources. In addition, we promote an environmentally aware attitude through information and training.
 
Since October 2013, environmental management and sustainability is guaranteed in the ISO14001 environmental management system.
 
From the start of 2013, Logisticon has ‘greened up’ its entire energy use and now only uses Ecogas and wind power.

Logisticon takes a sustainable approach

Design and proposal stage

A permanent aspect of a design is the determination of the Life Cycle Costs, with chemical and energy use being the most important parameters. Extensive attention is given to this aspect also in the proposal stage, among other things, based on the standard tools that we have developed. This has resulted in Logisticon's extensive track record, which it has employed to encourage its clients to choose better solutions than they had originally considered. These innovative solutions are carefully evaluated together with the client and the possible suppliers. Here not only the investment costs are taken into account, but the total costs of owning, operating and maintaining the system(s): the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). Reducing the operational, maintenance and replacement costs are crucial aspects. This also often has an immediate positive environmental effect.

Production department

In the production department, state-of-the-art equipment is invested in and used. Investments are also constantly made in new production equipment that consumes less energy and also improves quality. For instance, to prevent the unnecessary cutting and welding (and therefore the loss of material) of piping, a T-drill has been purchased.
For years, the various waste flows have been sorted and chemicals separately stored in leak trays. In various areas, energy-efficient lights are used and motion detectors have been installed for the lights in all of the offices. The working environment of the employees in the workshops and on the shop floor is also continually assessed and if possible improved, as occurred in 2010, 2011 and 2013:
  • the lighting in the production halls was replaced resulting in a 28% improvement in the illumination and an annual saving of 17,900 kWh;
  • a new and larger air treatment system was installed that continually purifies the air in the workshop and uses recirculation to ensure that in cold periods, heat is no longer lost;
  • heat-reflecting foil has been installed on the windows resulting in less cooling being required in the summer;
  • investments have also been made in a stainless steel pickling installation, separate chemical storage and a watertight washing area. This has prevented frequent transport to an external pickling plant, ensured the safe storage of chemicals and prevented ground contamination.

Innovative projects

To be able (to continue) to operate sustainably, Logisticon is always searching for innovative technology. This receives the majority of the Research & Development (R&D) budget. Our research includes as standard projects for optimising the operation and reducing the (chemical) cleaning of membranes. In addition, we constantly work alone and in collaboration with clients and suppliers to improve processes, in which the three Ps always recur (People, Planet, Profit).

Future

Currently, Logisticon is working together with others on the development of new techniques, including:
  • Ceramic membrane filtration (to increase the possibilities to treat otherwise untreatable water);
  • Memstill (an energy-efficient way to desalinate water);
  • Resfood: sustainable reuse of water in the food industry;
  • Puro concept. A reverse osmosis system in a well that offers an expected energy saving of 40%.

C2C and 3Ps

Cradle-to-Cradle influences our thoughts about the functionality of systems. We focus not only on design and construction, but also on the end-of-life phase. Various supplies are starting to develop solutions in this direction and Logisticon is always ready to implement these innovations. However, we must also carefully develop our approach to working from the perspective of the three Ps (People, Planet and Profit). The challenge that faces us is, in a relatively static market, to let these new developments be a true impulse for even more sustainable projects.

Environmental management in our quality manual

In the interest of the quality of our products and services, but in particular also for the health and safety of our employees, subcontractors and third parties, the working conditions and the related attention to safety, health, welfare and the environment, must receive the highest priority. Personal injury and material and environmental damage should always be prevented. To ensure this, procedures and guidelines, compliant with the latest ISO9001, ISO14001 and VCA** standards are laid down in our Quality, Environment and Safety Manual.
The KAM (QSHE) system is reviewed every year with the board. The results of this management review are included in the internal KAM Annual Report.
 
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Download here the Code of Conduct of Logisticon Water Treatment