With water efficiency studies carried out in the last seven years (2011-2018) in Turkey operations, we achieved 1.35 million m3 of water savings. This amount is equivalent to the daily water consumption of 1.7 million households.
By 2020, we aim to reduce the average water withdrawal per product in our facilities in Turkey, Romania, China, Russia and South Africa by 52% compared to 2012.
To protect the water resources and biodiversity in our operational geography, we pay attention to perform above the water discharge standards laid down by law. The amount of water discharged, are treated in chemical and biological treatment plants which are formed in accordance with the characteristics of the water coming from the related production facilities, and the compliance with the standards is periodically checked.
Thanks to our sustainable water and climate change management implications, we entered in the A List of Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), both Water and Climate Programs one of the most important and widespread environmental initiatives in the world and became one of the 25 companies achieving this success in 2017. In 2018, we are ranked among the top companies with highest degrees CDP Water Program in Turkey.
Resource Efficiency in Production
Reducing production-related effects is one of our constant sustainability goals. In this context, material efficiency studies are carried out, use of recycled materials in production is increased, and our products that have completed their life cycle are recycled.
Reducing wastes generated by production processes at the source and recovering generated wastes constitute the primary components of our integrated waste management approach. Wastes generated in all plants are categorized, collected separately at the source in accordance with waste type and legal regulations and recovered or disposed pursuant to waste type.
We focus on less resource consumption and more recycled/recyclable material use in our packaging processes, which constitute a significant aspect of our integrated waste management practices. We design the volume and weight of our products’ packaging to generate minimum waste, conduct work to increase reuse and recycling, and consistently reduce the environmental impacts generated by our packaging processes.
Support for Zero Waste
As Arçelik, we support and conduct required studies on Zero Waste Project, launched by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization to be implemented gradually between 2018 and 2023 in all public institutions in Turkey, terminals, educational institutions, shopping malls, hospitals, entertainment and recreation facilities, big workplaces.
We aim to reach our zero-waste goal by focusing on the following activities:
Transitioning to processes/materials that do not generate waste where possible, focusing on the principle of minimizing waste generation where not possible,
Identifying opportunities for reuse by adopting the principle of using waste as a resource,
Reducing the waste sent to landfill or incineration except energy recovery,
Investigating the possibility of the sorting food wastes that can be considered among domestic wastes,
Improving the performance of waste sorting at its source,
Focus on reducing raw material/material/chemical consumption,
Promoting zero waste awareness sustainably by continuing the activities of education, information and rewarding.
Compliance with National and International Environmental Regulations
We comply with all applicable national and international environmental regulations during the entire production processes as well as entire “life cycle of the product” from design to recycling. Compliance with legal regulations is monitored through ISO Standards for Environmental Management System.
Thanks to our strength legal requirements compliance management system, we have neither monetary fines nor non-monetary sanctions indicating non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
Through international regulations, we exactly comply with the following European directives:
WEEE – Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
RoHS – Directive on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment; and the significant amendments planned by European Union
EuP – Directive on Eco-design Requirements for Energy-Using (Related) Products
REACH – Regulation of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals