7 companies representing 29% of sales at Limagrain set up an Environmental Management system.**
Limagrain minimizes the environmental impact of its activities through high performance equipment and processes, and regularly invests in optimizing sustainable resource use.
In the construction of new buildings, energy consumption is considered at the outset. Thus, for Limagrain’s new head office in Auvergne, energy sources, materials and equipment were chosen in order to limit energy consumption (exterior insulation, material with high thermal inertia, green roof, economic tools, etc.). It is the same for the new research building created by Hazera in Israel.
For existing locations, Limagrain is finding solutions. Following the energy pre-analyses at fourteen sites in France, representing close to 200,000 MWh and close to 60% of the Group’s energy consumption, several improvements have been made to the lines: thermal insulation, installation of electric sub- meters, low-consumption lighting, etc.
In addition, on the Otaki farm in Japan, Mikado Kyowa Seed has installed an air conditioning unit that uses a drying silica gel that controls the humidity level at the warehouse. In this way, thanks to this system, energy consumption has been reduced by approximately 25% compared to a traditional system.
The majority of the Group’s companies have put in place water-efficient systems in order to control and limit the amount of water used: drip irrigation, hydroponic crops, mulch on the soil in open fields, automatic leak detection, etc.
As an example: in Indonesia, HM.CLAUSE built a reservoir to collect rainwater in order minimize the impact of its consumption on the needs of local communities.
Limagrain is also focused on the water needs of its end clients, farmers and growers. As an example, in 2013, Limagrain Europe implemented the “LG Vision Irrigation“ tool. This decision aid tool (DAT) is freely available on the Internet (www. lgseeds. fr) and allows farmers to closely manage water intake depending on the plant extractable water and crop needs. Close to 2,000 simulations have thus been carried out during the 2013/2014 fiscal year.
Various preventative and corrective actions are carried out that strictly conform to certified products and units prescribed. On the one hand, Limagrain encourages the adoption of a biological control approach in greenhouses, in order to reduce treatments. On the other hand, Limagrain is developing seed varieties resistant to insects and viruses, allowing for a reduction in the use of treatment products. Finally, the pelleting of commercial seeds with protection products also helps to minimize treatments throughout the life of the plant.
As an example, Vilmorin SA, within the scope of its agronomy strategy, carries out research work to improve the agronomic management of land. It is a matter of strengthening plants and optimizing the use of inputs, particularly through the management of organic material, the use of green manure such as grape pomace and the development of specific techniques for tillage operations.
At the same time, to avoid potential pollution risks, Jacquet Brossard in Saint-Beauzire has installed a station for the microbiological pre-treatment of sewage water. The operation involves extracting dissolved pollutants from sewage water, which are essentially organic material. This treatment has made it possible to reduce the pollutant load of the site’s sewage water by an average of 80%.
At Limagrain, the majority of the waste is plant material and used for compost production or animal nutrition.
The other kinds of waste (packaging, paper, cardboard, plastic) are generally selectively sorted and supported by specific communication on eco-friendly behavior.
The dependence on raw materials is limited depending on the nature of activities. Limagrain is above all a creator of renewable raw materials.
However, wherever technical constraints allow it, Limagrain works to optimize its packaging and avoid food waste on its production lines. At HM.CLAUSE, for example, some packaging comes from recycled cans.