From recycled raw materials to an optimised production process: every day, during each step, Eska works to raise the knowledge and use of sustainable processes to a higher level.
Nobody understands as well as we do that we serve our customers best when we provide them with products that are manufactured as sustainably as possible. Sustainability is a top priority for Eska! What does that mean? Take a look! (English subtitles available)
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Sustainable Production process
It starts with the raw materials. We use 100% recycled paper to make our solid board. Eska is promoting transparency in the chain and evaluation of environmental and sustainability aspects in the awarding of recycled paper contracts.
Smallest carbon footprint
Over the years we have invested heavily in measures and facilities that optimise our energy consumption. The consequence is that within the paper and board industry, Eska has one of the smallest carbon footprints when it comes to primary energy consumption.
Gasifying waste materials
We use natural gas, the cleanest available fossil fuel, but we do more. We will generate part of our energy consumption with a gasification plant. This innovation was commissioned in 2016. We gasify the available waste materials that are released in processing recycled paper to become steam that is used in our own paper-production processes.
800 lorry movements
The use of a gasifier has other clear benefits too. Previously process-related waste had to be processed and disposed of externally by lorry. In the new situation this waste moves directly to the gasifier on a closed conveyor. It no longer requires a lorry or a shovel, which means 800 lorry movements less on an annual basis. We save 95,000 litres of diesel and the corresponding exhaust gases.
Major synergy benefits
By combining two important sustainability issues in our sector - waste and energy - this project produces major synergies. There will be 75% less waste, gas consumption will fall by 30%, subsequent CO2 emissions will be largely reduced and we will put up to 100% of the recycled mass of wastepaper to good use. A zero waste mill and fully sustainable energy provision are within reach.
In the vanguard
Eska is never complacent and has always been at the forefront of developing and implementing new technology and production methods:
- We were one of the first to move to using recycled paper as a raw material.
- Nearly 95% of all the available raw materials is recycled.
- We were one of the first to work with a virtually closed process water system. Our water consumption fell to 1.8 m3 water per tonne of end product.
- We generate biogas from wastewater, which provides for part of our heat requirements.
- We use high-efficiency Combined Heat and Power that contributes to extremely low CO2 emissions.
- Together with the Dutch government we worked on efficiency improvements that are already saving almost a third of our primary energy consumption.
The need for sustainability has been an active theme for us for 25 years
In Eska we strive to do more for sustainability than imposed by the minimum statutory requirements. We consider the effect on the environment of every step in the process. We wish to excel in that respect.
We wish to be in the vanguard with the optimisation of our processes. In our bid to achieve good paper we are considering the effects on energy, waste and water. In the area of water management we were the first in the sector to have a fully closed process water system.
Every year we continue to improve the quality of total operations by setting new higher targets. Within Eska we have set up monitoring and assurance systems for quality, health and safety, energy and the environment, known as continuous improvement.
We need to keep working on this, day in day out. Seeking improvements is a logical part of our daily work. In this way we have been striving for ultimate sustainability for more than 25 years and on average we reduce our impact by 1 to 1.5% per year. Ready-to-use solutions aren't enough. Closely with other partners we also work on next step technologies, the gasifier being a good example. By setting up this technology we have achieved some 30% decrease in energy use and some 75% reduction in waste in one go!
By knowing in advance what is possible, and early adoption of new ways of operations, we stay in control of all our processes. We do not apprehend new legislation, because we're often already complying with it. In many ways Eska sets the standards for others to follow.
FSC and PEFC
In 2008 Eska was the first graphic board producer to acquire the FSC certificate for solid board products made from recycled paper and board. Eska®board, Eska®board thin, Eska®puzzle, Eska®frog cover, Eska®mono white and Eska®duo white are entirely made of post consumer reclaimed fibres and therefore have acquired the FSC-recycled label. The lining paper on Eska®mono black and Eska®black contains virgin fibres and therefore they have received the FSC mix label.
In 2012 we acquired the PEFC certificate for our products Eska®board, Eska®board thin, Eska®puzzle, Eska®frog cover, Eska®mono eco and Eska®duo white. In 2013 Eska®mono black and Eska®black were added to the list.