ZOUTMAN has deliberately chosen a far-reaching sustainable corporate policy. This is demonstrated for example in well-considered choices in terms of raw materials, logistics and production.
Even when ZOUTMAN was first founded we decided to use sea salt as the raw material for our production. Sea salt is the only salt that can be extracted in an ecological manner using the sun and wind. Moreover the sea represents an almost inexhaustible source of salt due to its enormous volume and because some of the salt consumed returns to the sea via river courses.
Most of the West European salt market is dominated by vacuum salt (or mine salt). This is salt that is mined from underground salt layers using a vacuum technique. This process requires a lot of energy and causes irrevocable damage to the earth.
In terms of CO2 emissions, compared with alternative salts, the production of sea salt is by far the most favourable option.
For the supply of raw materials ZOUTMAN uses large sea vessels, which minimises CO2 emissions per ton (to give you an idea: the size of one sea vessel is equivalent to ca. 2,500 trucks on the road). Both of ZOUTMAN's refining units are therefore strategically located near major and easily accessible waterways (the Port of Ghent and the Canal Roeselare-Leie). All supplies of raw materials are transported by water even though road transport is still the most economical solution. This is a deliberate choice and helps to ensure that over 10,000 truck journeys are avoided each year.
Zero discharge status: Thanks to its well-designed production process ZOUTMAN possesses a zero discharge status. The zero discharge status is officially recognised.
It involves providing one's own energy requirements + recuperation: The use of a photovoltaic system in the Roeselare and Ghent branches means that they can satisfy over 60% of their own energy requirements. ZOUTMAN also possesses energy saving resources in terms of infrastructure such as frequency controlled engines and heat conductors, etc. To dry the salt ZOUTMAN uses a gas-powered dryer that is pre-heated with steam recovered from a neighbouring company. The natural gas dryer uses a clean combustion process that guarantees negligible emissions of NOx, dust, soot and other components. To produce the brine ZOUTMAN produces its own drinking water from surface water and not from scarce ground water.