Kastamonu named the main principles of an environmentally responsible businessMedia
The leading Russian manufacturer of laminate and MDF boards shared the main principles of environmental policy of a modern business in the wood processing industry. They include responsible forest management, resource conservation and minimization of environmental impact.
Since the plant's opening in 2014 on the territory of the Alabuga Special Economic Zone (Alabuga SEZ) in Tatarstan, Kastamonu has strictly followed a number of principles of environmental policy, which are implemented both at the production level and at the level of corporate social responsibility.
Kastamonu Russia constantly supports many projects and initiatives aimed at preserving the forest fund. The company regularly passes audits for compliance with Russian and international environmental standards, confirms existing certificates, as well as cooperates only with those partners who follow the principles of responsible forest management.
In particular, the company has a certificate of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which guarantees that products come from responsibly managed forests and controlled sources. The certificate also means that the forestry that supplies wood is carrying out reforestation works and meets additional environmental and social criteria for the voluntary forest certification. The FSC certificate is a recognized quality mark for wood paper products in 109 countries. As of January 2021, more than 56 million hectares of forests and more than 1,100 industry organizations have been certified according to FSC standards in Russia.
In addition to the FSC certificate, there is a PEFC certificate for regulating activities of loggers. It also ensures that forest products come from certified forests.
One of the components of the comprehensive environmental policy of Kastamonu implemented at the enterprise is the sending of waste for recycling and self-disposal. The plant based in Tatarstan is equipped with a modern and efficient recycling system, which allows processing some of the wood waste on site and provide the resulting energy to ensure production processes. Thus, in 2020, Kastamonu sent about 700 tons of waste for recycling to specialized organizations. They included about 300 tons of waste of polyethylene and plastic, paper and cardboard, as well as scrap of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. In addition, 130 thousand tons of wood waste were disposed of directly at the plant. The resulting energy was used in production processes of the enterprise.
“As early as at the stage of construction of the enterprise, a fundamental decision was made to use the world's leading practices in the field of minimizing environmental impact in the implementation of the project. The entire technological process is designed in such a way as to ensure maximum waste-free production and fully utilize raw materials coming to the plant. We pay special attention to such important factors as the reduction of formaldehyde and carbon dioxide emissions. All Kastamonu products obligatory receive Russian and international certificates confirming compliance with permissible standards of formaldehyde content. In addition, company's plants use technologies that allow saving water resources and reducing the carbon footprint,” noted Ali Kılıç, CEO of Kastamonu Russia.
In addition, the company has been involved in tree planting in Tatarstan for many years. In 2020, Kastamonu, together with employees of the Yelabuga forestry, planted about 3,500 fir trees near the village of Morty. The event was held as part of the annual republican campaign "Forest Week". In total, over the past five years, the company has participated in the planting of more than 5,000 trees in the region.
For several years, Kastamonu has been supporting projects of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Russia. In March 2020, the company became the general partner of the international Earth Hour campaign.
Globally, the company's environmental policy is consistent with the principles of the green economy, which has been actively developing in Russia in recent years.
The group of companies of Kastamonu Entegre was established in 1969 as a part of the Hayat holding. The company specializes in the manufacturing of MDF wood boards, particleboards, laminate flooring, door skin panels, and glossy panels. The consolidated turnover of Kastamonu Entegre amounts to €1.3 billion. The annual production of wood boards is 5 million m3, laminate flooring – 70 million m2.
Hayat Holding, which includes Kastamonu Entegre, was founded in 1937 and today consists of 41 companies in various business areas. Hayat unites brands such as Papia, Familia, Bingo, Molfix and many others.
Kastamonu Entegre has 18 plants in 7 countries: Turkey, Russia, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the USA. The company ranks No. 7 internationally and No. 4 in Europe among the largest companies in the wood processing industry.