It’s all about going cleaner and greener

by Tania Wannenburg
Ceramic Industries sustainability editorial Jnl 3 16

Sustainability and environmental responsibility are priorities for Ceramic Industries.

Ceramic industries has long been committed to mitigating their impact on the environment. Through the implementation of a wide range of innovative processes and measures, their various factories have seen some incredible results.

One of their primary goals is to reduce factory energy consumption by between 20 – 30%. At first glance, this appears to be an impossibly high figure, but through the implementation of measures such as the installation of energy efficient lightbulbs, their Vereeniging facility alone is well on its way to achieving an electricity saving in excess of 1.8 GWh per year. This is the equivalent to 1 800 tons of Carbon Dioxide per year, and equates to a financial saving of just over R1-million per year as a result of reduced electricity costs.

Ceramic Industries’ commitment to sustainability extends to all aspects of production. At their Pegasus factory, water consumption has dropped by an incredible 200 000 litres per day through the 2014 installation of a water recycling plant. At their Betta factory, water consumption has dropped by 28% thanks to similar measures.

What’s more, a new heat recycling plant that recovers heat from Betta factory’s kiln to power boilers for its dryers has achieved a 12% saving in gas consumption and emissions.

The company’s sense of environmental responsibility is evident throughout their business. From their 100% recyclable packaging to their quarry backfill and topographical restoration policies, it’s clear that they are fully committed to minimising their footprint for a cleaner, greener, truly sustainable future.

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