DMK 2020: Environment

The DMK Group processes the valuable raw material that is milk into a variety of high-quality products at more than 20 sites. Milk processing is a heavy consumer of resources. As a result, the main areas for action are listed in the DMK 2020 strategy under the area of Environment. These include improving the efficiency of our water and energy management. The claim is to further improve the eco-balance at 22 sites. DMK is certified in accordance with the DIN EN ISO 14001 environment management standard at all sites and reports a variety of environmental indicators.

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Milk processing requires energy –  for example, for drying in the production of milk powder, homogenisation and pasteurisation, the cleaning of machinery and the cooling of the products. Our goal is to further improve energy efficiency and raise employees' awareness of ways to deal with energy responsibly. All production sites are certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001 and therefore have functioning energy management systems. The environmental and energy rules published in the year 2013 and recurring training courses on saving energy provide guidance for staff members.

Field of action: Water

Water is needed for cooling, cleaning and processing in the manufacture of dairy products. In the context of DMK 2020, we set ourselves the goal of decreasing the consumption of fresh water by 20 percent by 2020 compared to 2012. DMK has already attained a very good position on the issue of water. Compared to other German dairy companies, with a specific average water consumption of 1.09l/kg, DMK is significantly below the German average of 2.05l/kg according to the latest "MIV-Umfrage Wasser/Abwasser 2017", a survey of water and sewage.

Another focal area is to keep discharged water pollution as low as possible. One example is to deal in a structured manner with the topic of cleaning-in-place (CIP) systems, which are among the biggest water consumers across the company. The sewage pre-treatment plants are to be upgraded to the state of the art and sewage treatment capacities expanded.

Other environmental topics

The DMK Group also deals systematically with other environmental topics in its day-to-day business, including the topics of waste and logistics. Proper waste management goes without saying. A further central goal is to avoid and reduce waste at all sites as effectively as possible. For this purpose, DMK works on increasing the sorting quotas and therefore optimising recycling with an established container system, colour coding system and logistics system. A recyclables management concept has been introduced at all sites which is constantly being further developed. In order to tap into the technological developments on the market, we cooperate closely with the recycling companies.

DMK aims to keep environmental pollution to the minimum possible on the long path from collecting the raw milk from the farmer to delivering the finished dairy products to the customers. Our employees in milk collection, raw materials planning and logistics are primarily responsible for this. DMK continuously reviews efficiency and capacity utilisation in milk collection using a tour optimisation program. The company determines the most efficient routes on a daily basis and gives the drivers of the 200 weight-optimised milk collection vehicles precise instructions on these routes. This reduces environmental pollution and saves time and costs. 



Product-integrated environmental protection at the DMK GROUP
Energy-efficient Production at DMK Baby

Product-integrated environmental protection (PIUS) is preventive environmental protection which allows environmental pollution to be avoided at source.

PIUS minimises environmental impact across production processes and consisted in the reporting period of projects on heat recovery and on avoiding losses of product via sewage. PIUS was also praised by the jurors from the certification organisation DQS, which in 2017 honoured DMK in the German Awards for Excellence for its outstanding achievements in environmental protection in the category of Energy Efficiency. A new plant at the Altentreptow site for processing different material flows and for heat recovery with which saves around 4,700 tonnes of CO2 and 25,000 megawatt/hours per year received the award.

DMK Baby manufactures a wide range of baby food products. The DMK production site in Strückhausen was converted from a traditional dairy plant into a modern production site for baby food. During this conversion process, an effective heat recovery system was integrated into the new production processes and the entire production line was optimised from an energy perspective. These measures significantly reduce both the amount of energy used in production and the CO2 emissions with regard to comparable processes. DMK Baby products are manufactured according to the highest production standards, using the latest technology and careful manufacturing processes. The manufacturing processes associated with these products are also energy-efficient. This energy efficiency project received funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.