Press Release: Nijhuis Industries starts a new partnership with the sun
The recent installation of 1450 solar panels on the roof of Nijhuis Industries headquarters in Doetinchem, the Netherlands, is an example of a new, sustainable partnership with the sun. Generating almost 862 kWh of power, this is the largest Nijhuis renewable energy facility, supplying up to 70% of Nijhuis Industries headquarters energy requirements. The solar panels will produce approx. 350.000 kWh per year, which will be used as sustainable energy for the offices and the 3600 m2 production facility.
Wilfred Aaldriks, QHSE manager at Nijhuis Industries commented: “An average household in the Netherlands consumes 3000 kWh per year, which will mean that the production of approx. 350.000 kWh/year on the roof of Nijhuis Industries is equivalent to the annual energy consumption of almost 120 Dutch households. In four days, Nijhuis can generate the same amount of energy as an average Dutch household will use in one year!”
From a linear to a circular economy
Menno M. Holterman, CEO continues, “Within the last five years, Nijhuis has introduced a record number of innovative technologies to recover and reuse water, fat, energy and heat from biogas and sludge. This is in order to meet the increasingly demanding requirements our clients have for water resilience and sustainability. The transition, however, from a linear economy to a circular economy is not only an opportunity for our clients around the globe, but also an opportunity for Nijhuis Industries to do better as a company. During recent years, a large number of initiatives in different areas of our operations have been successfully implemented to reduce the environmental footprint of our business. And this is just the start, as our teams around the globe enthusiastically continue in their efforts to create an even more significant impact in the near future.”
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Material loss reduction, rental fleet and buy-back programme
“The reduction of material losses in the manufacturing facility, from a typical 10% to less than 0.2%, is just one example of improving our carbon footprint and reducing cost at the same time. Additionally, the continuous investment in our rental fleet ensures that we have more than 30 different kinds of rental solutions available to help clients. We can immediately solve (waste)water and process water problems and contribute to clean treated water to be discharged or be reused during for example periods of water scarcity. Also, our ‘buy back’ policy of used and second-hand systems, alongside the recently introduced ‘trial and buy’ program for our new innovative product line, are contributing to a more water resilient and sustainable world.”
Next sustainable steps
Aaldriks continues: “During the second half of this year, Nijhuis is implementing its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy, and reporting on the different results and efforts of the organization to contribute to a safer, healthier and more sustainable environment. As part of this approach we will engage all relevant stakeholders, including our global supply chain. This pro-active approach will become increasingly important in the future, as market dynamics and our customers’ requirements are asking for new and improved partnerships with multiple business partners. Through close engagement with our global supply chain, and the setting of joint goals, we will be able to achieve even better and faster environmental results to reduce the CO2 footprint and contribute to a circular economy.”