Environmental care, health and safety are essential elements of Campine’s policy. They express our mission statement commitment to sustainable management. Campine has invested significantly in SHE (Safety, Health and Environment) related projects.
We apply the best available technology and procedures to anticipate to future legislation and endorse lean management and total quality care concepts.
The new operating permit that Campine received in 2011 stresses the confidence of the Flemish authorities in our shown responsibility. This enables Campine, as a Seveso company, to continue its activities for the next 20 years until 2031.
Campine considers regulatory matters as an opportunity to better position our product portfolio and to demonstrate our professionalism in the field of product traceability and risk prevention.
The SHE (Safety, Health and Environment) teams within each unit guarantees a close daily follow up and implementation of the regulations.
Campine is a production and recycling company that continuously works towards a better and environmentally conscious image. The environmental impact of our processes and our products is kept as low as possible and is among the best in the sector.
Campine is – in its business and with its expertise – a partner for the Government and is looking – through a constructive dialogue – for sustainable solutions to limit the environmental impact of its products and processes.
We meet – in all circumstances – the applicable legal and other agreements regarding environment and product safety. We communicate about this open with all our stakeholders.
- We want to continuously improve and invest in
- a better knowledge of the impact of our products on the environment, security and healththe best available production processes and methods to minimise the environmental nuisance and safety and health risks for staff and vicinity
- waste prevention by means of a maximum recycling of different kinds of (non-ferrous) metals and wastes and a useful use of by-products and waste streams as well as new raw materials
- the rational and sparse use of packaging materials, taking into account the properties of our productsreduce the energy consumption by monitoring the consumption and better steering of the processes
- monitoring and avoidance of uncontrolled emission of waste water and air pollutants
- lowering the nuisance for our neighbouring residents (traffic, sound, etc.)
5. The environmental policy of Campine, together with the safety and quality policy, is part of an integrated management system. Campine is ISO14001 certified. Environmental care is for everyone a part of his/her job. We promote environmental awareness among employees and subcontractors through sensitisation, training, instructions and the appropriate resources.
In practice: a “healthier environment and society in Industrial zone Canal West”
Sustainable relation with neighbours: participation project in consultation with the neighbours and the Government “working together for a healthier environment and society in Industrial zone Canal West in Beerse.
Sustainable relation with environment: by using performing purification techniques, only a minimum emission of dust, SO2 and purified waste water.
Sustainable nature conservation: Campine possesses over 25 ha nature land (with nature management plan) and works together with the Ecology Agency by means of a management agreement. The nature land is accessible through public hiking trails.
Campine possesses over 25 ha nature land at the north and west side of the company. The Ecology Agency manages this area in collaboration with Campine:
- To restore the original moorland, a large portion of the top layer plate was removed to enable old seeds to germinate again.
- In the area, hiking trails that are accessible to the public were created.
- An info and resting space was developed at one of the entrances to the area (Kwikstraat).
- The fence around the nature land allows that the terrain is grazed on an ecological way by Galloway cattle and Konik horses.
We further plan:
- Construction of sustainable bat habitation.
- Construction of meres and pools for frogs and great crested newts.
- Construction of wildlife corridors through the industrial area
Also on the industrial premises Campine performs a sustainable conservation.
For example, in July 2011 a platform with nest box for Peregrine Falcon was posted at an altitude of almost 50 metres on one of the chimneys of the company. The nest platform was designed and installed by Campine NV in cooperation with a number of partners: metal construction company I.T.A., PDM engineering, the crane firms Michielsen and Leemans, the Fund for conservation of birds of prey (FIR) and the Ecology Agency.
Since early April 2014 our nest box is inhabited by a breeding pair of Peregrine Falcons.
The area and buffer zones are evaluated by means of a biodiversity scan (via a management plan) to maintain or further develop valuable vegetation.
Campine has its own water purification installation in which rain, process and waste water are treated so that heavy metals (such as lead and antimony) are removed. Our water buffer basin prevents an overflow of the purification unit in case of heavy rain fall.
Major part of the purified water is used to sprinkle and cool.
A small part of the purified water is being discharged. The current discharged quantity represents only 1/5 or 20% of the volume of 2000.
This resulted in a spectacular drop of our “dirt mass” discharged Sb and Pb which lies far below the permitted quantity.
- Maximum capture and reuse of rain water
- Reduction use of drinking water
- Reduction use of surface water
- Water buffer basin for collection in case of heavy rainfall
- Minimum discharge
- Purification of all waste water (after purification ‘grey’ water)
- Maximum reuse of grey water (= purified waste water)
Continuous investments lead to further lowering emissions, resulting in lower dust on the premises and in the vicinity. This is being monitored by an own measuring network of dust deposit fallout collectors (NILU).
Dust released during the processes is collected in filters, controlled by means of ‘dust monitoring’.
Locations subject to dust are constantly kept wet.
The premises are cleaned on a daily basis.
When treating dusty products, a mobile spray gun is used.
Campine has always worked closely with the environmental authorities to deal with the historical contamination; this resulted in:
- Remediation of the historic deponies for slags (1996 – 2000) and monitoring of the ground water.
- Remediation industrial premises (continuously at infrastructural works).
- Remediation gardens Kwikstraat and Nijverheidsstraat (2011).
- Remediation underwater soil and banks of the Diepteloop (2012).
By a thorough waste separation, a new internal collection logistic and the establishment of a central container park, our waste is recycled as much as possible. Our recycling possibilities ensure that lead and antimony from various internal and external waste streams are reused as much as possible.
Environmentally oriented actions include energy-saving measures, which reduce Campine’s energy consumption.