27 Nov 2013 Nampak Glass wins energy management ticket
Nampak says its sustainability is reliant on its ability to produce packaging that is economically, socially and environmentally friendly – that it is aware that the benefits of packaging have to be balanced with the depletion of natural resources, the generation of packaging waste, the efficient use of energy and their carbon footprint.
The ISO 50001:2011 is available to any organisation wishing to ensure that it conforms to its stated energy policy and follows a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance, including energy efficiency, energy use and energy consumption.
“Glass packaging is an energy intensive business, and although active energy management practises are already applied at Nampak Glass, the systematic processes and procedures of ISO50001: 2011 will enhance further energy efficient practices,” says a Nampak press release.
“ISO 50001:2011 reinforces that Nampak Glass is a responsible sustainable packaging manufacturing company. It further illustrates that standards are applied in the production environment and manufacture of glass containers.”
In order to improve energy efficiency, reduce cost and ultimately improve the carbon footprint of the business, Nampak Glass will be using the latest pre-heater technology into its third furnace that is projected to reduce energy consumption of the batch melting process.
The increased heat content in flue gas from aging furnaces is recovered by the preheater.
Settling dams will be installed allowing for the more effective management of waste as well as a more energy efficient manner in which to recycle water in the plant.
Nampak participates in extensive recycling initiatives and continues to invest significant time and resources into the development of more sustainable products.
Through the development of innovative packaging that is lighter and has a higher proportion of recyclable content, Nampak contributes significantly to the reduction of packaging waste and resource usage. Nampak Glass is also certified to FSSC 22000; PAS 223; ISO14001; OHSAS 18001, with SABS.
Nampak Glass is currently in the process of implementing ISO 22301:2012 and will certify the system early in 2014. The ISO 22301:2012 provides a framework for organisations, by which they can be prepared to handle any type of disruption, through business continuity management systems (BCMS).
This certification also helps organisations protect against, respond to, and recover from any disruptive incidents that may arise. Nampak Glass will use ISO 22301:2012 to both measure itself and demonstrate that they are adhering to good BCMS practice.
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