On March 3rd, 2011, the Syx Group signed the West-Flanders Charter for Sustainable Enterprise. Along with 15 other companies who signed the charter, this indicated their intent to invest in sustainable operational policy. In the presence of Mr Paul Breyne, Governor of the Province of West-Flanders, the signatories agreed to the 6 policy principles and the 10 topics of the West-Flanders Charter for Sustainable Enterprise. In doing so, they joined the ranks of 90 other predecessors.
The West-Flanders Charter for Sustainable Enterprise is an initiative of POM West-Flanders, VOKA and Bureau Veritas Certification, support by the government of Flanders and the province of West-Flanders. The signatories are engaged in the investment in sustainable activities where daily business operations are concerned. The Charter helps companies to structure their policies in terms of sustainable enterprise. Following a positive evaluation, these companies were offered an annual certificate in 2012.
Over the past years, the Syx Group has made substantial investments in the optimisation of energy. This was achieved by implementing advanced technologies in various operational processes.
The roof of the company building was enriched with 691 solar panels, netting a 58% reduction in the use of energy. Efforts were also made in terms of heating through natural gas. The production and data-centres creating rather substantial levels of heat. Using a network of cooling circuits, heat from the two data-centres as well as the laminators was shunted to cool down the production facilities to 8° Celsius. The heat derived from the production and data-centres is reused for heating during the winter period using heat pumps. The remaining heat is processed through a dry-cooler principle. The overall process is known as Free Cooling.
The compressor used for production also returns 75% of the energy absorbed in the form of heated water, 95°C in temperature. This heat is also used for heating, as well as for the sanitary facilities.
The heating and cooling of the offices makes use of a gas engine. An encompassing building management system maps, manages, and saves information from the process for further analysis.