Allgau Milch Käse reveals sustainability gains
Allgäu Milch Käse (Allmikäs) has made a voluntary commitment to operate in a sustainable and socially responsible manner for many years. In the past 15 years, Allmikäs’ consumption of heating oil and gas has decreased by up to 45%, water consumption by 40% and electricity consumption by 15%.
“Without milk we cannot produce cheese, butter and quark. No milk can be produced without farmers. Without the animals, especially the cows, there is no milk, which we can process. The animals need their habitat and food. It goes without saying that we do everything to protect and look after nature and everything that goes with it. Because we know that we cannot exist without nature. We live environmental protection and sustainability – every day,” says CEO Hubert Dennenmoser.
The dairy group has been EMAS certified since 2015. EMAS is an eco-audit for companies developed by the European Union.
The Allmikäs has its own thermal power station and the entire roof area of the newest warehouse at the HQ is equipped with a photovoltaic system. The dairy also has joint energy generation with the other companies, which is why the energy requirement has fallen by around 20-30% and is therefore lower than that of comparable companies.
As many other dairies, it has a system for heat recovery, which uses the waste heat from various heat sources.
Almost all of the measures, which have contributed to reducing energy consumption and thus also reducing greenhouse gases, were originally measures to improve economy, but have had many environmental benefits too.