Quality of life, welfare level, economic competitiveness, employment and sustainability of the ecosystem depend on “common natural capital”.
OYAK Cement has obtained environmental permits and licenses from the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization for all its companies in full compliance with the legal Environmental Legislation. Dust and gas emissions from the main chimneys of the rotary kiln are monitored online by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.
Besides all cement companies, OYAK Beton and OYKA have Environmental Management System certificate within the scope of TS-EN-ISO 14001 and is the first cement factory to have established and documented Adana Cement Environmental Management System.
In its companies, it allocates a significant amount of funds to environmental investments every year. Bag filter investments and other dedusting projects, closed clinker/coal stockholes, NOx emission reduction systems, more efficient combustion systems, continuous emission measurement and monitoring systems, waste water treatment plants, alternative fuel waste pretreatment and feeding systems, waste laboratory, production optimization systems (Expert Optimiser) are the main ones of these investments.
While designing and implementing its new investments, OYAK Cement follows the technological developments and uses the best available techniques; It takes care to choose the safest systems in terms of occupational health and safety, which prevent pollution before it occurs, create the least pollution, reduce pollution at its source.
It carries out activities aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions originating from its products and processes with low clinker additive cement types developed with alternative raw materials as a result of environmental management systems, clean production practices, energy efficiency projects, use of alternative energy sources, and R&D studies.
OYAK Cement takes a leading role in its regions to reduce its carbon footprint by increasing the use of cement with additives, and invests in renewable energy resources by developing products with smaller carbon footprints in cooperation with universities.
In line with the Rehabilitation Projects and Recovery Plans prepared for the raw material quarries (mine fields), the rehabilitation of the production areas whose reserves are depleted is completed and the natural balance is re-established.
OYAK Cement carries out uninterrupted afforestation in the areas where its facilities are located. In recent years, a total of 422,475 trees have been planted, including 230,875 trees in Bolu Cement, 65,589 trees in Mardin Cement, 63,431 trees in Adana Cement, 39,610, Ünye Cement 15,970 and OYKA 7,000 trees.
A first in Turkey in 2005, ENAT A.Ş. reached 31 partners for industrial forest cultivation. A private company named (Industrial Wood Farming) was established.
OYKA is one of the founding partners of ENAT A.Ş., which was founded under the leadership of TEMA. Determining its main area of interest as fast growing species, ENAT planted 3 million saplings in a total of 1500 h of land in Bursa Karacabey district, Kedikaya and Dağesemen villages, Çanakkale Ezine district, Kızılköy and Gökçeada. The ultimate goal of the project is to plant 6 million saplings on an area of 4 thousand hectares by 2028.
In Gökçeada, 3 million saplings were planted in a total of 1500 h of land. The ultimate goal of the project is to plant 6 million saplings on an area of 4 thousand hectares by 2028.
OYAK Cement aims to use the highest level of alternative fuels and raw materials within the regional conditions where its factories are located, for the efficient use of natural resources, in compliance with environmental legislation and administrative regulations, and to make this sustainable.
With the awareness of being responsible for the environment and society, it makes long-term plans to use the wastes generated in other industrial facilities as alternative fuel and raw materials, to be a solution partner in energy and material recovery, and to realize industrial symbiosis studies that will provide mutual benefit. In addition, it aims to continue its activities for the use of urban waste managed by municipalities and to contribute to waste disposal in cooperation with local authorities.
Thus, it aims to increase the amount of alternative fuel and alternative raw material usage every year by ensuring the use of less fossil fuel and natural raw materials.
While these studies are being carried out;
By recovering the thermal value of the organic part of the wastes, which are accepted as alternative fuels;
By recovering the material value of the mineral part of the wastes accepted as alternative raw materials;