Climate change is one of the most significant challenges of our time. Nearly all human activities contribute to climate change, thereby making it a material issue to us as an organization. We took cognizant of the fact that we have contributed to the problem of climate change mainly through our combustion of fossil fuels which release Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions into the atmosphere. As a responsible organization, we made a conscious decision to play our part in mitigating climate change by reducing our GHG emissions.
It is through our ISO14001:2015 Environmental Management System that we manage to set environmental objectives and targets, which include reducing our GHG emissions. We have progressively strengthened our capacity in carbon footprint, accounting and disclosure. This has enabled us to identify areas of improvement and establish a means of emission reduction.
We adopted methodologies to calculate our GHG emissions on a monthly basis using guidance from Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard and ISO 14064:2006 International Standard for Greenhouse Gas Emissions. We have been calculating our monthly GHG emissions since 2017. This regular monitoring enables us to track our GHG emissions and assess our progress in reducing our carbon footprint.
Energy continues to be a vital input for our processes; hence we always aim to promote its efficient usage. In addition, we strive to explore clean and renewable energy in pursuit of SDG 13. We carry out periodic energy audits to manage our energy performance. Through our ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System, we recognize energy use as a significant environmental aspect which needs constant monitoring and management. Some of our employees have been trained in the implementation of ISO 50001:2018 Energy Management System, thus we are in the process of making arrangements to implement the management system.
Our range of energy sources comprises electricity, coal, diesel, petrol, and solar (we commissioned a 1MW plant at our main plant in 2019). Energy consumption from these sources is monitored and recorded on a monthly basis. Monitoring and measurement ensures that we are aware of the trends of energy usage and identify methods of energy saving. We have realized that in order to effectively manage our energy performance, we need to promote sectional metering and tracking of our energy bills. This has resulted in savings of energy consumption as well as cost reduction.
As a leading manufacturer and distributor of beverages, water is a very important input in our operations. Water abstraction is a significant environmental aspect for our business, thus our ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System provides a framework to set objectives and targets to ensure water use efficiency. We have also been implementing recommendations from the CTCN Water and Energy Efficiency Audit. We monitor our water consumption through metering and this helps us to assess our contribution to SDG 6. We came up with water re –use, recycling and waste-water treatment initiatives in our factories to reduce water consumption. As a beverages manufacturer, we adhere to very strict standards of water quality. We monitor water quality parameters such us Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD), pH, Permanganate values, Total Suspended Solids (TSS), Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Nitrates and Sulphates. This enables us to determine the impurity levels that could affect the taste of our end products.
Through our ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System, we consider waste as a significant environmental aspect. Our management system enables us to set objectives and targets to manage waste. Our waste streams which include paper, plastic, organic waste and expired chemicals, are segregated at source. We employ the waste management hierarchy which is reduce, re-use, recycle and proper disposal as a last resort. We strive to reduce the amount of waste we generate as we recognize that the earth is finite in its ability to absorb waste. At SZL, we recycle Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), paper, plastic and glass. Recycling of PET is done by PetrecoZim (a company formed in partnership with other PET waste generating companies, to manage waste). The recycling of paper, plastic and glass is done by other subcontracted companies. Paper and plastic that is not recycled is incinerated, whilst organic waste is composted in pits. Any chemical waste we generate is disposed at municipal dumpsites.
67a Woolwich Road,
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Mazunga Estates Beit Bridge, Zimbabwe
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Stand No. 210 Mutiti Drive Ruwa, Harare, Zimbabwe
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