We are always looking for ways to re-use released energy. In 2021, we began evaluating the idea of converting slaughterhouse waste into power, to ensure long-term, profitable independent energy. This evaluation has demonstrated potential in various areas, including biogas generation, heat recovery, by-product usage and others. Our goal now is to extract as much energy as possible from these sources to reduce and re-use what was previously wasted.
One example in 2022 was the installation of a heat recovery system in Crailsheim, Germany, on the chimneys of the pork line. This enables us to recover energy that was previously wasted. We use it to heat water for cleaning and so reduce our gas consumption. Other similar projects are planned for 2023, and our goal is to replicate successful projects in as many sites as possible.
In Enschede, the Netherlands, we installed a heat pump that uses the heat from the machine room to produce warm water for the offices and changing rooms. Doing so has completely replaced the use of gas for this. Reducing our gas dependency is another positive effect of such projects.