Monday, May 9, 2011

Unipak Sustainable Initiatives Reduce CO2 Emissions

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Although meeting national standards for air emissions, Unipak pushes boundaries to further its eco-friendly manufacturing processes and establish greener overall operations.

Unipak, corrugated packaging manufacturer, reduced industrial CO2 emissions by shifting to a heavy fuel oil with higher calorific value. Unipak plant uses fuel to heat water and produce steam for the combining section.

Prior to the shift in fuel, Unipak used a fuel oil with a calorific value of 40934 KJ/Kg. The new fuel oil alternative, however, has a calorific value of 42329 KJ/Kg, which signifies better combustion and higher, more efficient heat production.

Furthermore, after many runability trials, Unipak deduced that the shift in fuel oil saves 9300 liters of fuel per month, which is equivalent to saving 27.9 tons of CO2 emissions monthly. This is comparable to removing the CO2 emissions of approximately 40 cars.

Fuel is important for energy storage and must be in a stable form so as to be easily transported to manufacturing plants. The primary fuel for energy usage, however, is petroleum based, while bio fuels are still not cost efficient or easily available in Lebanon. Unipak tackled this problem by turning to the best current alternative sustainable solution and shifted to heavy fuel oil with higher calorific value.

Unipak emissions have long tested to conform to national air emission standards. The exhausts of two industry emitters, Steam Generating Boiler and the Power Generator, at Unipak Plant in Halat, Lebanon, have been inspected by the Industrial Research Institute.

Results concluded that Unipak plant’s air emissions met National Standards for Environmental Quality, ref. Decision 8/1 (Ministry of Environment) published in the official journal issue 10, dated 1 March 2001.

Thus, Unipak performs in an environmentally sound manner regarding air pollution, however, the corrugated packaging manufacturer engages in a continuous effort to further reduce its carbon footprint and impact on the environment.

Consistent with its corporate responsibility and its commitment to establish a greener company, Unipak promotes eco-friendly practices throughout the office and plant. Unipak aims to reduce carbon emissions by 45 tons yearly, equivalent to planting more than 50 trees, by turning off PC monitors after work hours.

In 2011, Unipak launched an internal campaign aiming at reducing 160 KG of CO2 emissions per day by  switching company computers to sleep mode (saving 9000 watts of electricity), turning off lights (saving up to 9500 watts of electricity) and turning off monitors (saving 800 watts of electricity) during lunch break.

Unipak is a member of INDEVCO Paper Containers, a division of INDEVCO Group.

For More Information

Elie Fakhry
Unipak Environmental Specialist
Center for Technical Excellence
Tel: +961/9-478900 ext. 256


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