ANTWERP, Belgium--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Monsanto Co.’s Antwerp site is the first in Flanders to receive a gold-level European Water Stewardship (EWS) certificate. The certificate acknowledges Monsanto's expertise in sustainable water management. This award strengthens the Antwerp facility's leadership role in the Port of Antwerp in terms of water management. Monsanto has been investing for years in innovative technology to guarantee efficient and high-quality water management. In the coming years Monsanto will continue to invest in sustainable water use, with the ultimate objective of innovating in the use of wastewater treatment for acceptable reuse on-site.
A first for Monsanto's Antwerp site: Monsanto is the first company in Flanders, and the first in the chemical sector in Belgium, to obtain a gold-level European Water Stewardship certificate, the highest recognition awarded. The EWS certificate, developed by the European Water Partnership, rewards the efforts of companies in the area of sustainable water management. Water management at Monsanto's Antwerp site was assessed by the independent agency Vinçotte. The certificate confirms the leadership role of Monsanto in terms of water management at the Port of Antwerp.
Sustainable water use efforts at Monsanto's Antwerp site
To obtain the certificate, the Antwerp Monsanto site, with the help of experts from Environmental Resources Management, established an exhaustive inventory of the company’s water use. Monsanto then committed itself to reducing its water use in the operations of its Antwerp site. Each year, the site uses 3.5 m3 millions of water and through numerous efforts, Monsanto saves at this point 1 m3 millions of water in relation to 10 years ago. On top of that, Monsanto minimises the level of contaminants in the site’s wastewater in order to mitigate its impact on the natural resources and drinking water extraction areas in the vicinity. In addition, the Antwerp site recognises the need to integrate sustainable water management in its business strategy. Frank Lingier, Manager of Monsanto’s Antwerp site: “We have been investing for years in reducing water consumption at the Antwerp site. The application of innovative technology makes it possible for us to use water sustainably and efficiently. The staff is also trained on the issue of sustainable water use.”
The launch of new ambitious goals
At the certificate handover ceremony, the Antwerp production site expressed ambitious goals for the future. While continuing its stringent monitoring of water use, Monsanto will work to continuously improve its high standards by further reducing its water footprint. These efforts in sustainable water management will also be expanded to include the activities of contractors at the site. In addition, Monsanto aims to replace a significant amount of the water currently used with purified wastewater. This will allow the site to use water even more efficiently and further reduce its environmental footprint.
Monsanto helps farmers improve harvests while using fewer scarce resources. For the farmer, water and its availability and quality are essential inputs. Monsanto seeks to partner with various environmental experts to develop seeds and agricultural systems that use water more efficiently and are more resilient to water stress.
The Antwerp Monsanto site employs 800 people to produce chemical products for four different companies, including Henkel, Eastman and Ferro in addition to Monsanto.
Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and other key crops – such as maize, soybeans, and cotton – that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. We partner with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges.
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Developed in a multi-stakeholder process coordinated by the European Water partnership, the European Water Stewardship (EWS) is a cohesive system for business and agriculture to assess, improve, and communicate sustainable water management practices. EWS encourages water users to become stewards by assessing and improving the way they use and manage water in a holistic way. Amongst the tools provided, is the certification process via the EWS standard which allows users to not only mitigate their physical, regulatory and reputational risks but also share their journey on the way to stewardship.
For more information see http://www.ewp.eu/activities/ews/.
Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting services and sustainability related services. We have over 150 offices in over 40 countries and territories employing more than 5,000 people. ERM is committed to providing a service that is consistent, professional and of the highest quality to create value for our clients. Over the past five years we have worked for more than 50 per cent of the Global Fortune 500 delivering innovative solutions for business and selected government clients helping them understand and manage the sustainability challenges that the world is increasingly facing.
At Vinçotte we want to help guarantee the reputation of our industrial and regular clients when it comes to quality, safety and the environment. As independent and impartial service provider we offer inspections, testing, certification and training in these fields. Our expertise includes more than 130 services (electricity, hoisting apparatus, pressure equipment, civil engineering, safety in the work place, environmental protection and radiant protection) in a variety of sectors.
The Vinçotte group has an annual turnover of 201 million euros and 16 offices worldwide. Our headquarters are situated in Vilvoorde, Belgium. For more information: www.vincotte.be