We believe that natural resources such as soil, water and air are the gift of the nature and we operate according to the principle of "returning what we have got from the nature back to the nature" and develop our energy and environmental policy based on that understanding.
The dairy industry has a great impact on climate change due to greenhouse emissions from animal waste. Moreover, due to the high volume of water required by animal feed production, the protection of water resources and the prevention of the loss of agricultural lands are areas of great concern for dairy industry
Within the scope of our energy and environmental policy, we identified the use of renewable, alternative energy sources and satisfy our thermal and electricity requirements from our own wastes as our priorities to combat climate change. Our other commitments stated in our policy are to reduce and recycle waste, to develop all new products and design operational processes with minimum environmental impact, and to build awareness in our employees and suppliers on energy utilization and its impacts as well as on the protection of the environment. We successfully implemented ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and ISO 50001 Energy Management System at our dairy plants to manage our environmental impact. We monitor our environmental performance in full compliance with the requirements of these management systems and we continuously improve the systems.
The most important performance indicator in combating climate change is reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions. We measure our performance based on these two criteria and aim to be certified with ISO 14064 by 2020.
We organize training on a variety of subjects such as protection of the environment and natural resources, waste management, energy management and energy efficiency to ensure that the employees embrace our environment strategy and approach.
In 2017, we provided 619 hours of training in total. It is important for us that all dairy farmers are aware of the environmental impact of the operations at the farms and know how to reduce these effects, the conditions under which the waste generated at the farms can be used as fertilizer, and draw upon this information during their operations. For this purpose, "Environment and Fertilizer Management Training" is given by our environment experts during the training program at our dairy farming training centers.
A total of 1,061 people received Environment and Fertilizer Management Training at our training centers located in Aksaray and Karacabey in 2017.