Top environmental award for the Drongen GMU

The DeLaval factory in Drongen has been awarded the sixth Environmental Charter Award for its high efficiency and “green” performance. The DeLaval Drongen facility answers to the new cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practice) regulations. It produces veterinary medicinal products -targeted mainly at preventing mastitis- for dairy farmers in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia.

The East-Flanders Chamber of Commerce honoured DeLaval for going beyond statutory obligations to improve its environmental practices. They concluded that the Drongen GMU contributes to better living conditions in the region.

Dieter Van Assche, HSE Advisor at the GMU Belgium, accepted the prize from the Flemish Environment Minister, Joke Schauvliege. During her speech, Schauvliege said that the award recognizes DeLaval’s search for legal compliance combined with environmental improvement opportunities in a tough economic context.

“We are very proud to see our GMU win this prestigious award as it is an acknowledgment of our endeavour to work as efficiently as possible. We take sustainability very seriously so reducing the environmental footprint even further will remain very high on our agenda,” DeLaval Vice President Business Area Aftermarket & Services Tim Nicolaï said.

Among the latest improvements made by the GMU are: to reuse overcapacity of its HVAC for warehouse heating, the installation of a state-of-the-art lighting system, the setting up of a sprinkler system that reduces the risk of environmental incidents, the use of IR light for melting raw materials, and the phasing out of flammable products such as Teatdip AC.

The Environmental Charter is an initiative by the East-Flanders Chamber of Commerce. By awarding this Charter it intends to encourage companies in East-Flanders to pursue an active environmental policy, with an eye towards continuously improving their environmental performances as well as the living conditions in the surrounding areas.

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