A key part of HonestFood is environmental protection, keeping the interests of the next generation in mind.
Our general environmental protection goals:
- Minimizing outgoing waste and by-products, reach zero production waste
- Decreasing and minimizing air pollution and wastewater emissions
- Increasing energy efficiency
- New investments in the name of environmental protection
Lower consumption, water cycle
The investments at our company aim not only to increase capacity, but to protect the environment as well. We have our own heat recovery and wastewater treatment systems. Thanks to the closed loop, energy-recovery cooling-heating system, our yearly gas consumption has decreased by 17%. We supply our water needs from our own wells. Thanks to our own wastewater treatment plant established in 2015, we clean more than 350 000 m3 of water every year, which is then discharged into the Kapos river.
Thanks to our boiler room built in 2020, our energy consumption has decreased by 25% per kilogram of produced meat, and over the course of one year, our natural gas consumption decreased by 10% despite that we had 10% more slaughters than in the previous year.
We also plan to install solar panels, according to our calculations, by 2026, 18% of our electricity needs will be covered by solar panels.
30% CO2, zero production waste
Our company currently emits 0,18 tons of CO2 for one ton of processed meat. Our key goal is to decrease this number by 30% by 2025 by improving energy efficiency. We also aim to minimize waste created during production, and in the next 3 years, we will search for the necessary technological improvements to become a zero production waste company.
We are the first to have a by-product plant
We are the first company in Hungary dealing with meat processing and meat products to have a by-product plant. The by-product plant, established in 2020, allows us to process by-products from the slaughterhouse. The system created by this investment enables the on-site disposal and processing of up to 15 thousand tons of waste per year. As a result of the operation of the complete system, we plan on producing 2300 tons of bone meal (which can be made into fodder for animals) and 1300 tons of animal fat/oil (which can be used in the pharmaceutical industry).
Entire process in Kaposvár
The entire process (slaughter, processing, aging and packaging) takes place in Kaposvár, our goal is for the purchased pork to come from as near as possible, and to shorten the supply chain, as this is the best way to maximize energy efficiency and minimize emissions from e.g. refrigeration or transportation. That is why we favor suppliers within 200 km, and pay extra attention that our products are delivered to points of sale instead of intermediate warehouses.
The brown-field investment, started in 2020, will be realized in stages, all while maintaining current production volumes. During this investment, we will use state of the art technologies in the production, energetics and service units. This will also contribute to the reduction of our CO2 emissions.
In recognition of our environmental protection efforts, we received the Somogy for Environmental Protection 2020 prize from the Somogy Commerce and Industry Chamber.
Kometa takes responsibility for environmental protection and preserving natural resources, therefore we are committed to meeting the requirements for the ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 standards.
We are proud that in 2022, we became the first pork processing company in Europe and the second in the world to receive a green rating. This also reassures us that we are on the right track.
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