1/11/2012, Düsseldorf / Germany


Henkel Polska achieved ISO 50001 energy certification

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Global best practices in energy management at Henkel

A detergent factory of Henkel Polska in Racibórz, as one of the first in Poland and the first Henkel plant in the world, has achieved ISO 50001 international standard. ISO 50001 is one of the newest and best global practices aimed at rational and efficient energy management.

Energy management systems were formalized as an international standard in June 2011. The standard enables enterprises to identify areas of high energy consumption and develop systems and management procedures to constantly improve energy efficiency. The benefits of implementing an energy management system include lower energy costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, increased production performance, integration of the energy management system with other systems and reducing the risk related with energy provision.

Implementing an energy management system in accordance with ISO 50001 is Henkel’s next investment in Racibórz, aimed at reengineering production processes and further increasing the energy efficiency of a detergent production plant. It will also enable to continue the process of reducing the plant’s environmental footprint and improving its cost efficiency and competitiveness.

Implementation of global best practices in energy management, confirmed by the ISO 50001 certificate, is in line with Henkel’s global sustainable development strategy. In this strategy the depletion of non-renewable energy sources and the resulting climate change is called one of the key challenges of the future, which Henkel will address in its sustainable business practices.

“By obtaining the ISO 50001 certificate, Henkel responds to one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century,” said Alfred Smyrek, director of Henkel’s detergent production plant in Racibórz. “We realize that effective energy management is one of key success factors, both now and in the foreseeable future. It is also one of the key environmental challenges. That is why we aim at minimizing energy consumption and costs, more effective energy use, promoting the use of renewable energy sources and investing in clean technologies.”

Henkel Polska detergent production plant in Racibórz has successfully implemented the ISO 50001 energy management system, what was confirmed during a certification audit by the accredited body “Quality Austria” on December 8–9, 2011.

Along with obtaining the certificate, a standing Energy Team was appointed in the Racibórz plant, lead by the plant’s director. The team is responsible for making systematic energy reviews as well as setting goals and supervising their implementation. The tasks set by the Energy Team for 2012 include further reduction in natural gas use in washing powders production processes and heat generating and more effective recovery of waste heat from sulphonic acid production installations. The team will also perform activities aimed at increasing the employees’ knowledge and awareness of effective energy management in the plant.

“All employees will be committed and co-responsible for a more rational energy use in production processes and the plant’s infrastructure operations. In this way, ISO 50001 is not just another project to be deployed, but becomes the way we do our business,” stresses director Smyrek.

From the beginning of the Racibórz plant operation, Henkel has invested in its upgrade, with a view of improving efficiency and environmental performance indicators, and thus minimizing the plant’s environmental impact. In recent years, the plant implemented pro-environmental projects such as closing the circulation of cooling water and using the waste water from sulphonation for producing washing powder, implementing an independent discharge system of industrial wastewater, recovering of waste thermal energy from sulphonation to heat the powder drying tower or introducing an integrated system for electricity consumption measurement. These projects as well as additional investments brought effects of significant improvement of environmental indicators in the Racibórz plant. In the period from 2005 to 2010, water consumption per ton of production fell by 75%, gas consumption by 33%, and energy consumption by 25%. By-production of industrial wastes was also greatly reduced in this period – by as much as 57%.

The obtained additional ISO 50001 certificate guarantees that the Racibórz plant has effectively implemented management system, policy and procedures which enable in the next years further improvement of environmental efficiency and related production effectiveness and competitiveness.