Environment

Carbon Footprint

We, BATISÖKE, aim at in our cement plant to produce clinker and cement in compliance with national and international standards and to present such products with a service understanding suitable for the demands and expectations of customers.

While fulfilling our responsibilities, our general principle is to respect to nature by using natural sources effectively and to avoid environmental pollution by reducing the waste at its source. We are aware that protecting and improving the environment we live in is the primary duty of the entire BATISÖKE personnel. Therefore, we take maximum care in preventing environmental pollution by reducing the waste at its source and in using natural sources in a conscious way and bringing them back to economy within an acceptable framework.

Carbon footprint is the measure of damage caused by human activities to the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gas as measured in unit carbon dioxide. Carbon footprint consists of two main parts: direct/primary footprint and indirect/secondary footprint. Primary footprint is the measure of direct CO2 emissions that develop through the burning of fossil fuels including domestic energy consumption and transportation (for instance cars and planes). Secondary footprint is the measure of indirect CO2 emissions related to the production and eventually decay of products we use throughout the whole life cycle of such products.

Global Warming, Climate Change and Batısöke

The atmosphere of the earth is composed of various gases. There are also some noble gases of small amounts. Rays from the sun (heat rays/short wave rays) pass through the atmosphere are warm the earth. Gases in the atmosphere keep some of the temperature on earth and prevent heat loss of the surface. The atmosphere has light transmission and heat retention characteristic. The temperature of waters is maintained in balance due to the heat retention characteristic of atmosphere. Therefore, the rivers and oceans are not frozen. The warming and isolation effect of atmosphere formed this way is called “green house effect”. The gases causing green house effect on earth are mainly water vapor with 36-70%, carbon dioxide with 9-26%, methane with 4-9% and ozone with 3-7%. Some of the green house gases are formed spontaneously and some of them are produced by the humans. Green house gases formed naturally contain water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and ozone. There are additions to such gas levels due to human activities (fossil fuel production, energy production and use, industrialization) and green house effect is seen as a result.

As Batısöke;
  • We obtain the entire vapor required for heating and production from the hot gas in our chimneys. Thus, we do not use additional fossil fuel for providing the energy necessary for heating and production and we ensure carbon emission reduction of 2.500 tons as equivalent to plantation of 7.500 trees per year.
  • We obtain some of the fuel necessary for production process from our wastes. Thus, we reduce the rate of fossil fuel we have to use and we prevent carbon emission of 70 tons per year as equivalent to plantation of 200 trees and as may develop due to random removal of such wastes to the environment or their accumulation.
  • Abiding by national and international standards in favor of reducing fossil fuel consumption, we increase the production of blended cement and encourage our customers to use blended cement and concrete.
  • Beyond and in addition to all such activities, we set off to produce electricity from hot gas in our chimneys. While we fulfill our responsibility for reducing the effect of greenhouse gas on living and non-living beings through “energy production from waste heat” which is one of the best technologies to ensure energy production that would decrease carbon emission against global warming, we also contribute in national energy production. Owing to our facility for producing energy from waste heat, we will ensure carbon emission decrease for 14.945 tons as equivalent to plantation of 13.250 trees per year.