Environmental protection

High ecological standards

The sustainable production of agricultural products and foodstuffs requires consideration of many details in the production process. Only thus can the PHW Group ensure production processes which are economic with resources, low on energy consumption and produce low levels of emissions. High ecological standards have been a watchword of the Group for many years now. PHW has taken a pioneering role in alternative energy production.

ISO environmental certification since 2003

The abattoirs and processing facilities of the PHW Group have been certified in line with environmental standard DIN EN ISO 14001 for a number of years. This means that the enterprises have specified goals in terms of saving water and energy, minimising waste and reducing cleaning and packaging materials. All the reference figures relevant in this area are recorded and audited annually – with a view to further improvement.

As such, environmental certification has, for instance, enabled WIESENHOF to reduce water consumption per kilogram of poultry meat produced by 25 percent from 2003 to 2009.

On the way to new packaging

Achieving material savings through lighter weights and thus saving resources is the top priority for WIESENHOF packaging. That’s why new types of packaging are being tested constantly.

Even kinder on the environment with green electricity

Since the beginning of 2011, the PHW Group and Wiesenhof facilities have been powered by green electricity. The energy used is renewable and comes e.g. from hydro power and is up to 100% CO2 free! This measure saves approx. 60,000 tonnes of CO2 each year. This equates to the CO2 emissions from around 250,000 domestic flights over a distance of 800 km.

More efficient use of energy

In the PHW Group, the careful use of energy and resources is subject to continuous improvement. In 2011/12, the Group went one step further by introducing an energy management system certified to DIN EN ISO 50001 in all of its key facilities. So-called “energy teams” focus on identifying potential savings and making energy-relevant procedures transparent. In doing so, they can count on the support of staff who have been sensitised to the new energy policy and motivated to play a role in protecting the environment.

Photovoltaic plants on farms and operating premises

In 2009 the PHW Group started using a marketing firm to put the roofs of its farms and operating premises to good use in the service of alternative energy production. Over 80,000 square metres have already been fitted with photovoltaic modules which enable savings of 8,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

Our own biogas plants

Using abattoir by-products which accumulate daily in poultry processing, WIESENHOF operates its own biogas plant at its Möckern location in Saxony-Anhalt. This means that the production waste is also the raw material for energy and heat production for the factory. Another positive side effect: the biogas plant also provides electricity for around 450 households in the vicinity.

Effective transport logistics

In the Germany-wide sales and export network of the PHW Group, logistics play an important role – particularly with regard to animal protection and reducing CO2.

Basic measures include keeping transport routes between the breeding premises and the abattoirs as short as possible, efficient use of lorries and avoidance of unladen journeys. The transport companies operating for the PHW Group represent the state of the art.

WIESENHOF itself invested in its own fleet of 42 ultra-modern, fuel-saving lorries in 2009.

Biofuel from poultry fat

The PHW Group assumes a pioneering role in the use of alternative fuels. The PHW lorry fleet is fuelled mainly by SP-Power, a self-produced biofuel made from poultry fat. This enables WIESENHOF to save up to 74,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum. The biofuel SP-Power represents an economic alternative to standard mineral oil fuels. The production and sale of SP-Power is handled by the PHW shareholding GePro in Diepholz. Innovative employees of the firm developed this biofuel themselves. It is available all over Germany.