‘Giving back to nature’ is part of our corporate beliefs. In Son, the Netherlands, we gave new meaning to this phrase by actually re-introducing local flora and fauna into our company’s habitat. Our on-site plants handle large quantities of water – present in our raw materials - and prepare it for discharging into open water.
Where there is open water, migratory and local birds can find food and shelter to survive. Where there are birds, there are bird lovers and others who come to enjoy nature in all its splendor.
In 2013 an ecological buffer zone called the ‘Ecozone’ was established on the premises of our Rendac and Ecoson plants in Son, Netherlands. This buffer zone forms a natural connection between our industrial activities and the adjacent forest, home to a diversity of nature and wildlife. The location’s cooling pond is uniquely modified to feature among others a large bird hide, bat cellar and nesting areas. As a result, several bird species have made this area their home. The area also offers walking trails with scenic informational stops describing the flora and fauna of the area to visitors.
Clean discharged wastewater enhances the natural environment and provides a protected buffer zone between our plants and its surroundings.
GIVING NATURE ROOM TO FLORISH,
A safe haven for wildlife, where local and migratory birds can rest, forage and raise their young. Over ten species, ranging from bats and ducks to kingfishers all got their own ideal surroundings here.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY NATURE,
A bird watching shelter equipped with posters explaining the species of birds overlooks the area. It is visited by many bird watchers and those interested in learning more about nature.
EDUCATING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.
Freely accessible informative signs inform the local community about the fauna but also explain how and how much the factory contributes in terms of savings of CO2-emission. On occasion the Ecozone is made available to nature and wildlife preservation societies for educational projects.
THE ENJOYMENT THE COMMUNITY DERIVES FROM THIS NATURAL AREA IS WELL WORTH OUR INVESTMENT IN THIS PROJECT.