Environmental Protection at Wollenhaupt
An active commitment to environmental protection is the best basis for sustainable and consistently safe products. Nevertheless, environmental protection can only be really good and effective if it is not half-hearted, not just empty talk. We started getting seriously involved in environmental protection and resource conservation years ago. We are on the path and sticking with it.
Among other achievements, we reduced our electricity consumption by 50,000 kWh in 2015 – a figure that is equivalent to the annual consumption of more than ten single-family houses.
Since 2016, all the electricity we use comes from 100 % wind power.
We are taking the following steps, along with others, with the goal of meeting the requirements of environmentally responsible business operations:
- Optimised logistics processes:
We avoid unnecessary deliveries and returns of teas and ingredients by adopting a strategy that goes beyond the standard processes used in our industry: Independent inspectors take samples of the goods right at the place of origin and transport the sample to Germany for analysis. We do not release the goods for transport until this quality inspection has been passed.
Vehicle fleet running on electricity and in-house charging stations
- Heat recovery from compressed air:
We save energy, because we do not let the exhaust air from the compressors used in production simply go to waste, but use it for heating instead.
- Waste management:
We have implemented our own management system for waste as well, in order to improve the quality of our waste for recycling purposes. We make a significant contribution to climate protection by participating in the DSD dual system for the recycling of sales packaging (“Der Grüne Punkt”).
- Conservation of resources through continous building modernisation:
e. g. switching from neon lights to longer-lasting and energy-saving illuminants, replacing windows
- Raising the sustainability awareness of all stakeholders in the company
Taken all together, these measures comprise Wollenhaupt triad of success: increase energy efficiency, conserve resources, reduce climate-relevant emissions. By monitoring and controlling via our energy management system, we have a constant overview of our consumption levels and can already derive and implement various measures to conserve resources.