The environmental management model at Jesús Navarro, S.A.
JESÚS NAVARRO, S.A. is a company devoted to the Manufacture, Selection and Packaging of Spices, Condiments, powdered Desserts, Pastry decorating items, Additives, Nuts and Sugars, under the brand “CARMENCITA”.
It is the policy of the company’s Management to pay special attention to Environmental Management, always opting for the environment and committing itself to carrying out suitable environmental work that preserves the surroundings.
In the year 2008 it was certified under International Standard ISO 14001, thus enhancing the development of a business culture of respect for and sensitivity to the environment that has been conveyed to the entire staff of the organisation, customers and providers.
Annually Management sets new objectives to be reached, focussing above all on energy efficiency, reduction in the use of materials and waste management in order to respond to new environmental challenges and to achieve the efficiency and sustainability objectives we have all assumed in the European Union.
Jesús Navarro, S.A. is in the process of expanding and moving its facilities, so it currently has several logistics centres.
All these movements, which currently require an effort, are carried out with the goal of being the most efficient.
The logistical model of Jesús Navarro, S.A. is based on “transporting more with less”
To achieve that, a series of strategies have been carried out which the Logistics Department reviews and updates periodically according to the needs that arise and keeping in mind the technological advances in the sector for reaching the objectives set.
Reduction in fuel
The routes that are covered between different logistics and production centres are planned to optimise each route, seeing that no vehicle travels empty.
Thus the pick up and delivery of the raw material needed for manufacturing in different plants and, at the same time, the pick up of the finished product and placement in the different production and logistics centres is taken advantage of.
The new production plant has a logistics centre annexed to it. This manages to eliminate travel to other logistics centres. This measure will permit a notable reduction in fuel expenses.
Maximising loads in transport
In order to achieve efficiency in transport it is essential to transport the maximum possible number of units on each journey. This is achieved through good ecodesign of the product, whenever it is possible, in which the logistics and storage are taken into account, and also seeing that the lorries carry cargo in all the routes and do so at maximum capacity avoiding the transport of air.
With ecodesign, in addition to savings in transport, storage in the end customer’s house is also improved, packaging and wrapping waste is avoided throughout the process and the emission of pollutants is reduced.
Lower emission vehicles
The majority of transport continues to be carried out over the highways, so it is important both to manage the fleet well and have more efficient, less polluting vehicles.
Jesús Navarro, S.A. promotes the use of lower emission vehicles in order to help improve air quality and fight climate change. The number of low pollutant emitting vehicles, Euro5 and Euro6, is growing. This follows the policy of renewing the fleet as the technologies improve.
Jesús Navarro, S.A. has taken steps to reduce its energy consumption. The efforts allow it to adapt to both the European and national strategies for fighting climate change.
In addition, many of the decisions that have to do with energy savings arise from the conviction that is needed to achieve an increasingly efficient production model, capable of responding to the challenges we have to face as part of society.
In 2017 Jesús Navarro, S.A. started its expansion project and construction of all company buildings in the same industrial estate.
Programme of energy audits
The European Union is immersed in an ambitious project to turn toward an economy low in carbon and waste. Directive 2017/27/EU regarding building energy efficiency has been transposed into Spanish law by Royal Decree 56/2016. This law requires that companies undertake energy audits of this facilities in order to calculate the potential for improvement and identify the measures needed to achieve it. After carrying out these audits, Jesús Navarro, S.A. has useful and needed information in order to continue working on improving its processes and energy behaviour.
All the air conditioning equipment works with refrigerants which have lowered energy consumption, increased performance, and which does not use elements like chlorine which harm the ozone layer, while being more reliable. In addition, it complies with the requirements of the lay on clean air.
New model for Manufacturing and Logistics Buildings
The first phases of the new facilities for manufacturing and logistics have been designed keeping in mind the application of measures to reduce energy consumption with respect to the current facilities. A significant improvement has been achieved by completely redesigning the model, in its look and warmth, as well as in the energy efficiency incorporated in it with respect to the prior model.
Some of the measures incorporated:
- The plant’s thermal and acoustic insulation has been improved. This measure permits better climate control and reduces energy consumption.
- The use of this kind of panels on the ceilings of the latest plants makes them more luminous and reduces the number of light fixtures to be installed, the hours they are lit, and so energy consumption is reduced.
- In the sections where possible, windows to the outside have been installed to take maximum advantage of sunlight, thus reducing energy consumption.
- They have already been installed in part of the facilities, and continuing to expand this lighting system in all the areas where possible are planned. With the use of this kind of automatic lighting system, energy consumption due to failure to turn things off has been reduced.
- 100% of the lighting fixtures installed in the building are LEDs, which reduce electrical consumption and permit intelligent energy management.
- Hot water is produced with the surplus heat from the air conditioning equipment.
- Since the end of 2018, the energy used has gone from being 15% to 100% from renewable sources.
- The incorporation of high-efficiency air conditioning equipment has managed to reduce energy consumption.
- Dividing up of compressors in air conditioning equipment.
- With the creation of the first logistics building which began operating in June, the trip to the subcontracted building located in Aspe will manage to be eliminated.
During the coming years, in the construction of the following phases, the objective is to continue incorporating multiple improvement in energy efficiency.
Optimisation of resources
Resources like water are of vital importance to all industrial activity.
The fact of using this resource represents a high environmental impact and from that follows the need to recognise the importance of it, learn not to waste it, optimise it and return it to the environment as close to the environmental quality with which we take it.
To achieve that, Jesús Navarro S. A. has installed aeration and double push button systems in tanks in order to maximise water use.