Avery Dennison NTP has been awarded the Eco Lighthouse status.
We started 2016 with new goals! Avery Dennison NTP has become an Eco Lighthouse, an important landmark for a printing company. A certificate like this shows that all our employees are conscious of the environment, our processes are designed to take care of the environment and that we have a focus on continuous improvements.
- We take our responsibility seriously, and do our part for the “green change”. We want to have a positive impact on the local community and the world as a whole. I am convinced that we are building a competitive advantage for companies who actively work to improve their environmental aspect, says Tom Dyrdal, Managing Director.
«The company has worked hard with the Eco Lighthouse and satisfies all the requirements», states the approval document printed on behalf of the local government (Luster District).
NTP have a strong focus on utilizing materials that are used in the production process, and reducing the emissions as much as possible. In addition they work continuously with quality assurance. In other words: NTP has focus on what comes in, what is produced and what is released. NTP is a part of the beautiful nature in this part of Norway, and has for years worked actively to take good care of it. To us the Eco Lighthouse certification means systemizing the work we do regarding the environment and including the whole production process in this system, says Adis Cengic, Factory Manager.
Reusing heat, cooling from the glacier
The factory manager can tell us that NTP has been proactive when it comes to reusing energy from the production process, and has several systems in place to avoid wasting excess heat.
- For general heating we reuse most of the excess heat from production. The factory has several dryers that generate a lot of heat. Today NTP manages to reuse 70-80 percent of this heat, and we have on-going initiatives to further improve this. With the help from heat exchangers in the ventilation system we manage to use this heat from the production area to maintain a good temperature in the office area, explains Cengic.
- For cooling we use the glacier water, from the Jostedal glacier, that runs into the fjord just a few meters outside the factory walls. This way we use a fraction of the energy normally used by large cooling systems, and as a bonus we do not have to manage dangerous cooling liquids.
Less air travel
Running a company based in Gaupne means that electricity is cheap, so it could be easy to be complacent about energy efficiency. However, being located next to the Sognefjord also means that all employees are close to nature and see the value in taking care of it.
- Yes, it costs extra to be sustainable, but we get so much more back. Customers return to us, and the employees are satisfied. I wonder why more companies don’t do this? Today the employees are encouraged to use their bicycles to get to work, they get discounted passes at the gym, meet at organised spinning lessons and have created their own exercise club. In addition, we try to limit the amount of air travel.
- Due to the remote location of our factory, we could require as many as 500 flights per year. This is a lot and something we are working to reduce. Instead, we are arranging more and more meetings on Skype and doing support over the web, explains Dyrdal.
Both him and Cengic point out that it is important not to just talk about sustainability, but actually do something about it!
- Being sustainable does not just mean taking care of the fantastic nature around us, but also taking care of our employees, our processes and not least our customers! The key to a sustainable future is continuous improvement - and we are good at that here at NTP, says Cengic.