In the context of certification on the CO₂ Performance Ladder, Jansen Recycling Group draws up a six-monthly CO₂ footprint of its activities. This footprint provides insight into the total volume of greenhouse gases emitted, and functions as our starting point for reducing CO₂ emissions and monitoring the impact of any measures. The goal is to our per CO₂ emissions by 20% per ton of processed material by 2020 within scopes 1 and 2, relative to the reference year 2014.
Compared to the extraction of primary raw materials (ores), producing ferrous or non-ferrous material from recycled material (secondary raw material) saves 90% CO₂ emissions in the chain. However, processing scrap requires a lot of energy. Further information can be found in the reports of the Energy Management Programme at the bottom of this page and in our CSR annual report.
Scope 1: the direct CO₂ emissions generated by our own sources, such as diesel usage and handling cranes and cutters.
Scope 2: the indirect CO₂ emissions deriving from the generation of electricity and heat bought and used by us. The CO₂ emissions effectively occur at the power station, but count towards our footprint.
Scope 3: the indirect CO₂ emissions generated by the operating activities of others. This might include emissions from sea and road transport.
Footprint 1st six months 2018
On balance, the CO₂ footprint of Jansen Recycling Group in the first half of 2018 increased by 7.2% at scopes 1 and 2 (relative to half of the emissions over 2017).
In scope 1, the CO₂ footprint decreased slightly. Particularly as the natural gas is bought as ecogas, at an emissions factor of 0. The fuel consumption in machines remained more or less the same. This was despite an increase of 5.4% in tonnage – a great achievement. The cause of this is the replacement of old cranes with new, more efficient cranes.
In scope 2, the CO₂ footprint increased. The emissions factor for electricity rose considerably (from 526 to 649 gr CO₂/kWh). Electricity consumption at Jansen Recycling Group is very high due to the machines that run there (cutter and crane). This has a significant negative effect. Our primary objective to realise a CO₂ reduction of 20% by 2020 relative to 2013 (based on scopes 1 and 2, versus the number of tonnes of scrap processed).
In scopes 1 and 2, we generated a total of 190 tons (4.2%) more effective CO₂ emissions in 2017. That is because we processed significantly more tons that year. What’s more, due to the move from Rotterdam to Dordrecht, we shipped around 5,000 tons of extra material, which lead to double the amount of crane time.
Strikingly in 2017 we also used more gas for the cutting torch. Additionally in scope 2 we flew more kilometers, particularly to the Far East. In scope 3, sea transport increased due to higher export numbers. Road transport decreased.
The key measure that will result in lower costs and CO₂ emissions is the move of non-ferro activities from Rotterdam to Dordrecht. This leads to less traffic of personnel and material between the sites, and a more efficient use of machinery as well as lower energy consumption for our offices.
Keeping the machinery up-to-date is also key factor in running things as efficiently as possible. In 2017, we commissioned several new handling cranes. The electric Liebherr E-944 (Dordrecht) and E-943 (Vlaardingen) have been running since 2013, and versus diesel-powered cranes, save 1000 litres of fuel a week and 40% CO₂ emissions.
Another important measure is the digitisation of all activities. This has little influence on CO₂ footprint but does have environmental benefits. These include using less paper, ink and printed material. And indirectly to fewer mail deliveries.
Please also refer to our Energy Management Programme (EMP):
Jansen Recycling Group participates in the CO₂ Performance Ladder, which comes under the responsibility of the Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement and Business (in Dutch: SKAO). Visit us on the website of SKOA.