AFP is one of Gelderland’s Energy Leaders

AFP is invited by the Province of Gelderland to participate in the Energy Leaders programme. In this programme, fifteen companies join in to work on a strategy to achieve an energy saving within their own organisation.

The purpose of the process is achieving extra efficiency by inspiring each other about the way you can encourage your energy awareness and savings. Although the companies manufacture different products, they are all looking for ways to involve the employees in lowering energy costs and implementation of technology. Sharing their knowledge and experiences allows them to learn from each other.

“Plastic is an energy-intensive product responsible for relatively high CO2 levels per kilo of product. We are aware of that and take our responsibility to act accordingly. We are continuously working on using energy more efficiently and effectively. Participation in the Energy Leaders programme is a logical step. We hope to use our knowledge and experience to help other companies in Gelderland and expect to get to work with new insights in our own organisation”, says Lex Veltman.

The AFP vision on energy
The largest energy saving within AFP can be achieved by monitoring and improving the efficiency in the production process. We produce 50,000 tons of film per year, using a large number of MWh. Each relatively small saving directly translates into major savings.

We mainly think about energy savings in the chain by continuous improvement of our solutions. Relating to Load Security Film, we can safely carry a 1,000 kg pallet of 180 g film. This realises a 95% decrease in damage, 30% lower film use and 97% fewer production stops. These energy savings go far beyond just the savings on our product cost.

We offer a similar solution relating to our Food Packaging Film. Packaging food under the right conditions ensures that food is better protected, staying fresh longer, extending shelf life. This means spilling less food. According to Toine Timmermans, Programme Manager Sustainable Food Chains at Wageningen University, wasted food has a higher impact on our environment than the packaging. The eco-footprint of the packaging is average, and only amounts to 10% of the product.

We went the extra mile with our Innovative Film. The energy savings to the end user (the driver of a BMW i3) was the starting point for development. In collaboration with the chain we developed a dashboard and door panels that are far lighter than the traditional variety. This directly contributes to lowering the car’s CO2 emissions.