The circular economy will need affordable and reliable energy. Indaver is already supplying electricity to the grid and heat to neighbouring businesses. We want to expand on that so that more businesses can benefit from flexible and competitive energy provision. The formation of these types of clusters must help to keep Flanders attractive to industrial businesses. Indaver is currently working on a heating network with neighbouring companies on the Linkerscheldeoever.
Modal shift: safe and sustainable transport by rail or water
To limit its ecological footprint, Indaver is making increasing use of the 'modal shift': the sustainable and price-conscious transport of waste by rail or by water, which must replace transport by road. We are researching and evaluating these alternative means of transport taking into consideration the economic, social and environmental aspects. A test project to transport household waste from Vlaams-Brabant by water to our treatment facility in Doel is currently being carried out.
Indaver Molecule Management
Indaver is continually looking for new and better ways to give waste value. We are now looking at the smallest building blocks of these waste products, molecules, and seeing which ones can be re-used safely and usefully. For example chlorine, sulphuric acid, fluorine, iodine and valuable metals.
Improved sorting facility for even purer PMD (packaging in plastic, metal and for drinks) waste
At the PMD plant in Willebroek, PMD waste is efficiently sorted and purified, an essential process, because it is subsequently used as a raw material for industrial applications and for everyday products. The plant was rebuilt in the summer of 2013 to improve the separation of even more fractions. This improved performance made it more efficient, further demonstrating Indaver's commitment to reclaim as many materials as possible.
In 2013, Indaver began an awareness campaign on the safety of its staff in all regions. From all of the data on safety and accidents in its establishments, it identified five safety objectives and split them into themes to prevent accidents for staff and visitors. The campaign has certainly had an effect on Indaver's safety results.
Gold for Indaver
The fact that sustainability is central to Indaver is apparent from the fact that in 2013 they achieved a gold in their Ecovadis CSR assessment, which is considered to be the 'ISO certificate for Corporate Social Responsibility'. Companies use this assessment to evaluate their suppliers in the field of social responsibility and sustainable business conduct. There are 4 main evaluation criteria: the environment, human rights and work activities, honest business practices and a sustainable purchasing policy. Thanks to this gold plaque, Indaver is ranked in the top 11% worldwide for CSR performance. Indaver achieved the highest score for the 'environment' criterion, in the other themes, we scored 'good' to 'very good'. Indaver is now looking at the Ecovadis committee's recommendations so that it can do even better in 2014.