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Our Environmental Responsibility



Tat Gıda’s all three production plants (Mustafakemalpaşa, Karacabey and Torbalı) have ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, ISO 50001 Energy Management System, ISO 14064 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting and Zero Waste certifications.



Tat Gıda Environmental Policy

Environmental Management System Manual

 

 

In parallel with our vision for continuous improvement, areas of improvement in our systems and processes are systematically analyzed to determine the priority areas of improvement. Projects are created for the prioritized areas of improvement, enhancing efficiency and competitive power of our production system. Within this scope, our continuous improvement program is implemented under three subtitles:

1) Through the “Total Productive Management” approach, a continuous improvement culture with the inclusion of all the employees of the enterprise is created.

2) To enhance the technical analysis capability, “Lean Six Sigma” training and project program is implemented for our engineers.

3) Efforts are made to make sure that the constant improvement methodology is embraced and internalized in all the units with the “Lean Process Projects” aimed at back office employees.

All these programs together with thousands of suggestions and projects every year serve to further develop our systems and processes. Our efforts prioritize efficiency, cost optimization, occupational safety and employee health and environment.



   (in TL)

2014 

2015 

2016 

2017 

2018 

2019  

2020  

 Environmental Investments and Expenditures

1.425.332

2.012.272

1.778.761

1.152.392

3.161.252

3.039.765

5.788.306

 

 

 

 


Carbon and Energy Management 

 

In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we are primarily measuring and monitoring emissions related to our operations. With the contribution of the “Total Productive Management” project, air leak checks were carried out throughout the plants, the compressed air line revision and optimization of the wastewater treatment plant, the use of technology-compatible equipment for cooling water and blowdown-condensate water, and the synchronization of the systems with each other, thereby optimizing their working conditions. In order to carry out the maintenance of all equipment, weekly maintenance programs were taken into one day, thus saving energy. With these and other similar projects, we have reduced the energy consumption of our factories by 3.379 MWh and achieved cost savings of approximately 1.020.400 TL. As a result of the energy savings realized at Tat Gıda plants in 2020, approximately 15.000 GJ of savings were achieved and approximately 1.304 tons of equivalent CO2 emissions were reduced.



 

Greenhouse Gas Emissions*

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

 Scope 1 (ton CO2e)

37.750

39.787

41.815

41.006

33.328

38.411

42.003

 Scope 2 (ton CO2e)

22.953

24.539

25.145

25.807

22.222

22.142

13.640

 Total (ton CO2e)

60.703

63.846

66.941

66.814

55.550

60.552

55.644

Carbon Emission per Ton (kg CO2e)

192

194

207

187

155

251

216

*Carbon Emission Calculations are based on the Regulation on Monitoring Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Values given in Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Plan Communique-Annex 5 were used for for natural gas conversion coefficient and emission factor. Scope 1 calculation factors NCV for natural gas: 48,81 GJ/ ton, Emission Factor 56,04 TCO2/TJ and carbon oxidation coefficient of 1 (Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Plan Communique-Annex 4) were used. Network emission factor was calculated by using data of Türkiye Elektrik İletim A.Ş.’nin (TEİAŞ) pertaining to the year 2014.

 

 Air Emissions (kg)

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

 NOx

7.839.154

6.974.150

2.309.776

2.209.212

3.801.732

3.753.972

37.225

 SOx

5.394.311

4.791.819

3.030.452

3.033.475

4.589.904

4.587.257

1.983

 PM (Particulate Matter)  

151.669

135.155

165.544

162.206

213.260

214.006

2.007

 

 

 

Water and Waste Water (Water Emission) Management 

 

We contribute to the protection of water resources by reducing water consumption in our operations. In 2020, within the scope of the Water Cycle and Cooling Tunnels Project at the Torbalı facility, the 5/1 and 1/1 cooling tunnels inlet and outlet water temperature controls were provided with new installations, and the blowdown water and fresh water intake was reset, and the system was put into an endless cycle. Thus, 314.976 m3/year saving was achieved in the plant. In Karacabey plant, approximately 266,000 m3/year savings were achieved thanks to the water saving projects carried out in blower pool, box cooling, tomato sorting, tomato distribution, diced line tomato inlet conveyor feeding. At Mustafakemalpaşa plant, with the water usage improvement projects in the pea filling lines, RO line, Sand filters, settling pool and optimizations in the cooling tower tunnel, a total saving of approximately 380,000 m3/year was achieved. We have reused 25% of our total consumption of water in all our facilities by recycling a total of 960,976 m3/year through various projects.

 

 

 

 

 

Water and Waste Water Quantity   

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

 Water consumption (thousand m3)

5.391

4.138

4.915

4.945

5.350

4.006

3.935

3.877

 Water consumption per ton (m3)

17

13

15

15

15

15

16

15

Waste water quantity (thousand m3) 

4.834

4.199

4.688

3.796

3.488

2.302

3.530

3.551

 

 

Waste and Packaging Management 

We adopt as our main principles in this field, reducing waste by preventing its formation at the source, increasing the recycling and reused waste rate. In addition, we reduce our greenhouse gas amount by sending our organic wastes (leaves, twigs and etc. on tomato/peas) to licensed biogas facilities where these organic wastes converted into renewable energy.

 

 Wastes (ton) 

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

 Hazardous

24,279

35,461

25.899

339,49*

29,320

14,306

22,298

21.496

 Recycled

8.254

1.593

1.594

3.043

3.970

4.050

3.978

3.998

Sent to landfill* (Slag Wastes)

285,58

320

295.12

296,22

-**

-**

-**

-**

Recovered for energy

142,8

291,2

481.48

734,34

1.175,34

1.408,26

3.022,58

8.721,94

*Quantity of waste sent to landfill, other than slag wastes, is not measured.



 

We see it as our responsibility to reduce the footprint of our consumers who use our products with a perspective that covers the entire value chain. In this direction, we adopt a packaging management and implement a returnable packaging collection system. We ensure the recycling and reuse of our packaging within the framework of the system. With this application of SEK1 dairy, we collect glass bottles and pallets, milk, ayran and yogurt crates. If the bottles, pallets and crates we collect are suitable for use, we wash them and reuse them, and we recycle the unsuitable ones. In 2020, we collected 74% of the cases, 79% of the pallets and 58% of the glass bottles with deposit.

 

 1With our material event disclosure dated March 14, 2021, the transfer of our assets and brand in the milk and dairy products business (SEK) line has been completed, and the production activities in the milk and dairy products business line of the Company have ended.

 

Biodiversity 

Biodiversity, together with ecosystem services, is important in order to meet the needs of today and future generations and to live in a healthy environment. Biodiversity, which affects all production processes, especially the agriculture and food sector, benefits both economic development and human health. Natural processes that form the cornerstones of agricultural production such as climate regulation, water, air and soil fertility, and pollination take place depending on biodiversity. Biodiversity loss causes serious damage to ecosystem services and creates social and economic losses.

As Tat Gıda, we are aware of the effects of agricultural and animal production, which is the first step of the food industry, on biodiversity. Milk and dairy products1 and tomato and vegetable crops also have an impact on biodiversity. Therefore, our biodiversity strategy; we define and evaluate our impacts, prioritize, manage, develop, monitor, review and report. In doing so, we develop an approach in line with the priorities of the National Biological Diversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), which is prepared in line with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Use of natural lands for industrial agriculture has negative effects on biodiversity due to genetic erosion of native wild plants and animal species, deformation of land due to excessive grassing in dairy industry1 and use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture. We carry out biodiversity protection and development studies in order to reduce our impact in the sector in which we operate. 

We start our efforts mainly with the protection of the ecosystem and biodiversity in areas where our plants are located. We protect and develop natural habitat around our plants at Mustafakemalpaşa, Karacabey and Torbalı. 

With the support of our employees, we created a 25-decare grove area around the Tat Konserve facility located in Mustafakemalpaşa/Bursa. We enlarged the grove area by adding new trees to the trees located before the opening of the facility; on the land where pine, chestnut, cedar, blue spruce, fir, cypress, plane tree, ash, plum, loquat and palm trees are located. We cooperated with Bursa Environmental Protection Services in our sapling planting project that we carried out in 2014. In 2016, we planted 150 saplings. The forest area is home to many species, especially the Anatolian squirrel (sciurus anomalus). 

In cooperation with Mustafakemalpaşa Environmental Protection Association and Mustafakemalpaşa Municipality, we started a project in 2016 to protect the Anatolian squirrel in the region. Within the framework of the project, in order to protect the population of Anatolian squirrels, whose natural habitats are at risk, we planned to reduce the negative effects of urbanization and road construction activities by constructing a passage area that will provide safe passage for squirrels between the divided groves. One of the aims of the project will be to monitor and improve the squirrel population.

We protect and develop the green and lemon cypresses that grow on the 13-decare land around our Torbalı facility. Our volunteer employees, consisting of agricultural engineers, supported the development of the ecosystem by planting approximately 1.000 cypress saplings.

In addition to protecting biodiversity in the regions where we produce, we have been organizing trainings for the farmers we work with, in cooperation with local chambers of commerce, since 1998. With the trainings we provide, we aim to raise awareness of farmers on correct agricultural practices and to contribute to preserving biodiversity and ecological balance. Since 2012, we have supported 3.353 farmers in our Mustafakemalpaşa, Karacabey and Torbalı facilities to raise awareness of correct agricultural practices by providing training on cultural measures, plant diseases, foreign and invasive weeds, soil cultivation, plant nutrition, drip irrigation, fertilization and harvesting. In this way, we ensure that farmers adopt spraying methods that conserve and protect local ecosystems by avoiding excessive and incorrect use of chemical pesticides. In 2016, we expanded the ecological farming practices included in the education curriculum. In addition to the trainings, we have prepared the Farmer Awareness Booklet for information purposes on good agricultural practices to be distributed to farmers.

By organizing field visits to the farmers who participated in the program, we measure the effectiveness of the trainings we provide on the field. As a result of the controls we carry out in the field, we mark the result of the harvest and prepare the Field Control and Farmer Competence Reports. During these visits, we makes necessary warnings on issues such as spraying and irrigation and we measure pesticide and heavy metal residue values. The pesticides used in industrial agriculture to combat pests can have a devastating effect on pollinators such as bees, which are of great importance for the development of biodiversity and the continuation of the species. Thanks to the trainings we provide and the controls we carry out, we are able to monitor the products from the field to the shelf, and also ensure that the negative effects of excessive pesticide use on local biodiversity are reduced.

As Tat Gıda, under the umbrella of SEK1 Milk, we have provided trainings to dairy producers under the headings of feeding, milking, the structure of cow's milk, hygiene in raw milk and heat stress in dairy animals and measures to be taken since 2009. With the trainings we have given, we have reached up to 2.520 producers so far. Under the heading of forage crops and biodiversity, we aim to raise awareness of dairy producers on alfalfa, corn and wheat silage. Forage crop cultivation and foraging in the open field can lead to a reduction in local biodiversity. Since cattle are mostly raised in pastures in Turkey, they do not have significant effects on the land. The main impact of milk production on biodiversity is the degradation of natural areas due to the use of forage crops. Through the trainings we provided, we aimed to prevent the farmers producing feed from permanently damaging the land with wrong cultivation practices and to share the points that they should pay attention to in order not to harm the natural life while growing forage crops.

 


1With our material event disclosure dated March 14, 2021, the transfer of our assets and brand in the milk and dairy products business (SEK) line has been completed, and the production activities in the milk and dairy products business line of the Company have ended.

 

 

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