AGRAVIS has introduced an energy management system as per ISO 16001 or, more recently, as per ISO 50001. A core element in such a system is, first of all, to map all energy inputs and consumptions. Consumptions and processes are then analysed with the aim of producing recommendations for saving energy or improving energy efficiency. This information is then submitted to executive management, so that they can make a decision. The measures and action plans that they decide on are monitored on a consistent basis.
Core objectives of the AGRAVIS sustainability programme
One core objective of the AGRAVIS sustainability programme is the efficient use of energy resources, i.e. a reduction in the energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions arising from business activities. AGRAVIS has managed to reduce energy intensity in its compound feed plants over recent years, as documented in its Sustainability Report. This improvement is, firstly, due to optimised capacity utilisation at its production sites. Secondly, the measures to increase energy efficiency continually developed and implemented in the plants help to reduce consumption. Since production facilities have often expanded over time, it is seldom possible to apply the same measures to all plants directly. They are adapted to the site conditions on an individual basis.
Measures include investments in modern technology or improvement to capacity utilisation, for example. Energy efficiency in the production process has been increased by eliminating steam generation and using combined heat and power generation and installing a heat recovery system instead. Conveyor technology has been replaced and peak loads reduced. Secondary processes have included switching lighting to LEDs and introducing intelligent light control. An energy management system has helped to develop such means of systematically reducing energy costs and energy-related environmental impact using a targeted approach: a complex but worthwhile process.
This certification also helps enormously to raise energy awareness in the AGRAVIS corporate group and increase operating efficiency.