Sustainability

Sustainability

 

It’s quite a contrast: Neenah Coldenhove is a manufacturing company in the middle of a wooded area. Add to that the fact that Neenah Coldenhove works with natural products on a regular basis. Here a respectful interaction takes place. Because the very foundation of our company is based on nature, sustainability has been ingrained in our DNA for decades. Our motto: nature is good to us, so Neenah Coldenhove will be good to nature. For example, as co-owner of water purification company Industriewater in Eerbeek, we support all investments and developments to extract raw materials from our waste water.

A good neighbour

Our motto is reflected further in our pursuit to be a good neighbour and to make a positive contribution to the environment; what can be done green, we do green. On and around our own site Neenah Coldenhove maintains 35 hectares of forest. In addition, we cooperate with our neighbours – Landal Coldenhove, Stork Veco, the local swimming pool and residencies on and around the property – to produce active compounds for the generation and sharing of energy and heat. Finally, it’s important to us that our neighbours suffer no or minimal disruption due to our production process.

The bar for sustainability is being set higher. Therefore, Neenah Coldenhove remains proactive in achieving efficiency improvements. Through the Lean Six Sigma methodology (used at Neenah Coldenhove since 2010), we are consistent in our reduction of energy and raw materials consumption per tonne.

 

  • Harnessing energy from the sun

    In 2014 Neenah Coldenhove decided to go for greener power solutions as a primary interpretation of our CSR goals. We opted for a controlled system of 100 solar panels with a combined installation capacity of 20.4 KWh.

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  • Mere steps away from a closed water cycle

    Founded over 350 years ago in the village of Eerbeek (‘Soil Brook’), Neenah Coldenhove is an ideal location for the paper industry because of the excellent quality of the fresh water from the Veluwe region. In the beginning the wastewater was discharged in the same brook that it came from. The wastewater contained fibres, chalk, clay and dissolved materials such as salt.

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  • Saving energy

    It was late 2015. Aware of the importance of reducing our ecological footprint, we organised brainstorming sessions in both our organisation and operations management teams. Looking for ways to reduce our energy usage, we concluded that knowing the use for the entire production chain was not enough.

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  • Welcome to the Coldenhove swimming pool

    The first experiences Neenah Coldenhove had with production heat recovery were for internal purposes. One day, in the early 1980s, the community of Eerbeek/Coldenhove sat down to plan the renovation of the public swimming pool. Neenah Coldenhove was able to offer residual heat for the pool water.

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