KernAktuell January 2020, News, sustainability
Estyria sustainability targets – part 1
The 20s will be the first green/humane decade
Climate change has become noticeable and visible: more frequent natural disasters, more damage to harvests, Fridays For Future, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, the surge of interest in green issues and parties, changes in public reporting. People’s awareness is in the process of changing, despite opponents being particularly vocal.
Ursula von der Leyen is making protection of the environment a key issue in her presidency of the European Commission. She has announced a New Green Deal involving a raft of more than 30 new laws which will permanently change the European Union. The new Austrian government is also emphasising protection of the environment.
What is our contribution?
Avoiding plastic will be one of our key priorities in 2020. Last year we commissioned the University of Applied Sciences Campus Vienna and Circular Analytics to produce a report on sustainable packaging that would give us a sound scientific basis for our actions.
>> The presentation documents can be downloaded here. (Only available in German for now.)
A clear finding from these facts is that we shall in future rule out the use of the doypack or stand-up pouch as a packaging option for all our branded products. The doypack is an environmental sin. We hope that many trade brands will follow our example. Initial successes have made us hopeful. As a second step we are getting involved in the REflex sector project funded by the EU. The project aims to develop sustainable and recyclable solutions for flexible barrier packaging.
Ein kleiner Einblick
The biggest contract grower
of oil pumpkins PGI
Alwera AG, Estyria’s parent company, is responsible for production of the raw goods via a contract farming system. The two companies have for some years maintained the largest PDI area of oil pumpkin in Austria and they know the fields and the farmers personally.Read more
stamp press process
While modernity has brought progress in many areas, the traditional Styrian stamp press process is still the best way of making pumpkin seed oil. The main difference between this and other pressing methods is that we work with open roasting pans. At our plant, people check when the pumpkin seeds are perfectly roasted and so will yield the very best oil. This enables our experienced oil millers to produce the pumpkin seed oil that has won more prizes than any other – and which as a result of this type of pressing retains all the natural constituents. The untreated oil is not filtered; the particles that make it cloudy settle naturally when the oil is left to rest.Read more