We are committed to continually improving Loveld’s record of sustainability. We started this journey several years ago, with large investments to improve energy efficiency, streamlining our processes, plant and management systems with the aim of reducing our carbon footprint.
One of the first steps in 2010 was to install a new solar panel system, which provides 70% of our total power requirement and has already saved 3,650 tons of carbon since its installation.
Monitoring the embodied carbon associated with our product i.e. all emissions during material extraction, processing, transportation and operation. Carbon emissions are categorized into 3 categories:
Since early 2010 we have a fully operational solar power station with a 700kWp peak power, comprising 3402 photovoltaic panels installed on the roofs of our Belgium-based plant.
We are proud to have surpassed the milestone of 7,000,000 kWh produced on our site since 2010. This equates to enough energy to supply 200 house- holds over a period of 11 years or charge 300k phones over the same period.
The total amount of energy generated by the solar panels is equivalent to 67% of our total consumption. 34% of the energy generated is used directly. The other part is injected into the grid.
Solar Energy produced equates to ...
At Loveld we focus on reducing waste and maximising our circular economy by recycling at every stage of the process. We also investigate how we can incorporate more waste material in our products, reducing both the quantity of waste that leaves our factory and the quantity of virgin materials we use.
0% Discharge Production Water
We have invested heavily to maximize water recycling and reuse at our facility. We capture rainwater from our factory roofs, which is stored in buffer tanks with a capacity of 200,000l. We further collect all process water from polishing, cleaning and acid etching and pump it to 2 water purification units.
This cleaned water is then fed into a 100,000l buffer tank from where it is pumped to a neutralizing unit where it is checked and neutralized before it is re-used in our factory process. In total we have 360,000l buffer tanks to store harvested and cleaned water.
This system allows us to avoid discharging any contaminated water towards the canal and to minimise to the use of mains water.
Over 4 years 10,891 m3 harvested rainwater + 22,663 m3 recycled production water makes 93% operational water from recycling.