Insights from Logisticon on climate mitigation and adaptation

Last year the UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow. Much is at stake for a lot of companies to achieve the COP26 goals.

Achieving climate goals is becoming more important to everyone. Logisticon is a company that has been working on these matters for years. End of last year, Frank Cammaert, director of Logisticon, told Sophie Punte, managing director of policy at We Mean Business, about what steps Logisticon is taking to achieve the 1.5oC targets.

One of the challenges for Logisticon is that it is required to have an energy “A” label by the end of 2030. Logisticon is in the middle of a re-construction, adding a second office floor and modernizing the manufacturing and workshop facilities.

Logisticon immediately identified this renovation as an opportunity to go for the energy “A” label. All the five boxes are ticked: insulation, heating and cooling, ventilation, lighting and renewable energy. The renovation will be completed in 2022, which means that Logisticon will have achieved this goal by then.

Logisticon is also concerned with climate change outside the company gates. It is a fact that drinking water supplies are threatened by climate change. Sometimes optimizing the production of drinking water and sustainability can go hand in hand.


A couple of examples:
- A common technique for removing methane from groundwater is aerating. But releasing methane in the atmosphere is bad for the climate. Logisticon (and partners Oasen & Vitens) have shown that it is possible to capture methane after separation and then reuse it to generate green power.
- In Sweden, higher temperatures and heavy downpours lead to more pollution in lakes. More complex and expensive purification techniques are required to continue to provide the country with quality drinking water.
- The city Porto Alegre in Brazil continues to grow in population. With the help of the ultra-membrane filtration of Logisticon, existing plants increased capacity by 30%. This makes the city also more resilient to variations in water supply due to climate change.

Logisticon also sees opportunities that have not yet been captured, such as (waste) water reuse. For example, the amount of wastewater coming from cooling towers of an average refinery is enough to provide about 70,000 people with water. Although Logisticon is willing to invest in a set -up to recycle this relatively clean water, companies remain reserved.

The industry can be motivated by increasing the price of industrial water or by making water recycling mandatory, but all companies must realize that saving water and protecting water sources is part of their social responsibility. Especially now that we are experiencing increasing heat waves and droughts.

By testing and optimizing water recycling in industrial applications,  technologies, knowledge and experience is gained that will be needed for further transition. That is the social responsibility that is expected nowadays for our future generations.


Do you want to know more about what Logisticon is accomplishing with CSR and sustainability? Please check out our website and follow our LinkedIn page or contact our water professionals.

 

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