We can only keep the planet habitable if we change our way of life. This has consequences for every phase in the production and consumption process. Governments, manufacturers, research institutions and citizens are all working on the transition to a circular economy. Indaver enters into partnerships with all of them.
Sustainable partnerships with customers
Sustainable, strategic partnerships with our customers produce the best results. Through close collaboration and knowledge sharing, we can continually improve our activities and theirs. This collaboration contributes to the success of our Total Waste Management projects and our Public waste Partnerships.
We are continually looking for ways to test and enrich the knowledge in our organisation and to gain new expertise. We work closely with universities and research institutions to set up and conduct innovative projects. Together we turn promising ideas into a practicable and feasible project.
If we are to give the circular economy a chance, we can't continue to sit on information. We make our own knowledge and expertise available to other stakeholders in the circular economy: companies, sector organisations, governments, schools, citizens. We give presentations at conferences and during events, and we set up stands at trade fairs both at home and abroad.
During a course on biosafety, organised by the Institute for Tropical Medicine, and the University of Antwerp, Alain Konings, Sales Director for IWS Belgium gave a guest lecture on treating waste that comes from research into the treatment of tropical diseases. He gave more information about the right way to handle 'biohazardous waste' and about the sustainable and safe treatment of this waste by Indaver in MediPower®. Participants were able to share their expertise, to ensure Indaver is able to take the right precautions.
We are working with other companies to realise the projects needed for the circular economy. That way we can share our professional knowledge and networks. Other companies offer new perspectives and help to resolve developmental sticking points. We also encourage industrial symbiosis, in which we recover raw materials from one company’s waste for use in another company’s manufacturing processes.
IndaChlor®, the new treatment facility that Indaver is building in Dunkirk, France, will extract hydrochloric acid from chlorinated residual waste streams. Ecophos, manufacturer of food phosphates and a neighbouring company of IndaChlor®, will use the hydrochloric acid in its production process. It will be supplied via pipelines. The energy created by IndaChlor's® treatment process will be supplied through a pipeline to another neighbouring company. A great example of industrial symbiosis. The start of the build has been planned for 2018.
We maintain open communication and good relationships with the people who live near our facilities. We use neighbourhood councils and consultation committees to keep them informed of our activities, projects and permit applications or renewals and we make time for their questions. We let our neighbours take a peek behind the scenes on open days and company visits. We open our doors to foreign visitors who want new ideas for sustainable waste management in their own country. We share our good practices on trade missions abroad.