'Using nature to create' – a corporate philosophy that is not limited to the development and marketing of high-quality products, but also extends to the responsibility that we have undertaken to protect our environment. We regard our philosophy as an invitation to actively protect the environment through responsible action and sustainable, strategic planning.
Based on this claim, all activities along the value chain from development all the way to the marketing of high-quality starch and fiber products, drying agents and proteins, continuously undergo review of their environmental impact. This entails adopting measures with the aim of constantly improving environmental performance. This approach not only saves resources but also reduces operating costs. We also support our customers in designing their production processes so that they are environmentally and resource friendly. Forward-looking environmental protection thereby makes a meaningful contribution to our competitiveness and long-term preservation of our company.
With the environmental certifications according to DIN EN ISO 14001, the Emsland Group has taken an important step towards implementing the Integrated Management System.
Environmentally friendly projects
In addition to numerous activities to reduce our environmental impact, the Emsland Group also develops products based on renewable raw materials that can replace synthetic polymers, for example. The Hamburger Hafen prepared a large-scale study on sediment from the harbor with starch-based biodegradable flocculants. The successfully used cationic potato starch from the Emsland Group was evaluated as technically equivalent and ecologically far superior.
However, technical processes to conserve resources have been implemented at the Emlichheim site. An example of this is a unique water concept, which was recorded in the food industry as BAT (best-available technology). It is based on a system for recycling water of protein-free potato juice and the process water derived from starch. The "water currents" flowed through various process steps in order to arrive at a quality that exceeded the requirements set out in the German Drinking Water Ordinance. Recycling rates of up to 300,000 m³ of water per year are made possible through this system. Drinking water is not only preserved, wastewater is also saved.
The concept is based on modules for reverse osmosis, evaporation, biological secondary treatment and water treatment as established parts of the process.