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Lasenor opens its new sustainable warehouse

The new warehouse built in Lasenor production centre in Olesa de Montserrat has come into operation, to host the storage, inventory, and distribution functions of our products.
With an area of 1 800 m2, the new warehouse can house more than 3 000 pallets of products prepared for distribution to the national and international market.
It is a semi-automatic clad-rack warehouse with compact pallet racking, using Pallet Shuttle vehicles to make internal autonomous movements within the racks. Forklifts leave the load at the head of the rack. Then, the Pallet Shuttle moves it from the head, throughout the rails, to its final location. Different sensors control the movement of the stored load.

This system provides countless advantages:

  • Timesaving

During pallet loading and unloading. These are placed or extracted at the head of the racks, so the forklift does not enter into the raws, considerably reducing the time of manoeuvre.

  • Greater number of stored references

One reference per level/channel compared to the conventional compact system that is one in all levels of the same module/raw.

  • Greater number of pallets in depth

It admits a greater number of pallets in the channels since they can exceed 40 meters in depth.

  • Greater storage capacity

There is only one manoeuvring lane needed, regardless of the depth of the channels.

  • Greater effective capacity

The possibility of having the same reference in several different channels increases the effective capacity.

  • Decrease damage to the shelving

Since the forklift does not fit into the rack, knocks, friction and possible incidents that could damage the storage structure are avoided.

  • Lower risk of accidents

As the forklifts do not enter the raw/storage channels and, thanks to the construction system of the structure, the risk of accidents is practically non-existent.

  • Increase in production
  • Compatible with different measures of pallets
  • Minimum clearance in height

To optimize the performance of the new facility, Lasenor has implemented a management system based on SAP software and a radio frequency system, through which it will direct all its operations. This will allow it to offer a better and faster service to our customers in supplying orders.

A self-sufficient warehouse

Lasenor has taken advantage of the construction of this new warehouse to install more than 500 photovoltaic panels on its roof, which will allow us to be self-sufficient in our energy consumption.

This new solar garden, which is complemented by the plates installed on the roofs of the parking lot and the facade of the solid tower will give more efficient and clean energy to the Lasenor plant, in addition to significantly reducing its CO2 emissions and the impact of our carbon footprint.

An investment that responds to Lasenor commitment to minimize the environmental impact of our industrial activity in our fight against climate change.

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Lasenor incorporates solar energy in its production

Lasenor’s commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability takes another step forward with the implementation of solar energy at its plant in Olesa de Montserrat.

Work has already begun on the installation of a solar farm that will generate a total of 13-15% of the electricity consumed at the plant and is scheduled to come into operation at the end of this year.

Specifically, a total of 608 photovoltaic panels are being installed on the roofs of the new warehouse, the parking lot and the facade of the solids tower.

Each of these 608 panels can generate a maximum power of 303.94 kWp and the total energy that the whole installation will produce in a year is 417,618 kWh.

All of this solar energy will be used for the plant’s energy needs and there are no plans at this time to export energy to the electricity grid in the event of any surplus.

The investment budget for the installation of this solar farm is around €200,000 and the return on investment is about 7 years with an economic saving of €500,000 to €800,000 in 25 years is predicted.

In addition to these panels, photovoltaic inverters will be installed to allow the energy produced by the solar panels to be adapted to the consumption of the Lasenor plant.

A monitoring system will also be installed to supervise, analyze and regulate the power of this new solar installation.

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Carbon footprint reduction via clean energy

Energy consumption has always been a priority area of action for Lasenor, which has sought maximum efficiency, both in terms of kilowatts spent per kilogram produced, as well as in terms of clean generation of these kilowatts.

This commitment to energy efficiency will now take a very important qualitative leap forward with the new solar farm that is being built at our plant in Olesa de Montserrat.

With the setup of the new solar farm, Lasenor will significantly reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and the impact of its carbon footprint, another of its short-term priority objectives.

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Sustainability must be the soul of Lasenor

Lasenor decided a while ago already to take a qualitative jump in the environmental policy of its Olesa de Montserrat plant. We were acutely aware of the need to limit the environmental impact of our industrial activity, working in a respectful manner, and limiting pollution, aiming to protect our environment and providing added value to society.

In order to strengthen this commitment, Lasenor also decided to align this environmental policy with the principles, values, and strategic orientations of the company, giving it the same relevance as other key business factors used in its management.

Lasenor’s commitment to environmental sustainability is a bet on sustainable development, social progress, environmental balance and economic growth. This commitment is in line with the new business model being favored in the Western world, where companies’ relations to the environment has become an added value.

That is because the fight against climate change and for the preservation of nature has become a strategical priority for many companies, including Lasenor: “living and working with people in the same place and in particular sharing the same environment, that is what sustainability means, and given the moment we are all going through, it must be the soul of Lasenor” a spokesperson for the company tells us.

What are Lasenor’s goals in order to strengthen its environmental policy? First of all, the improvement of its energy efficiency, generating renewable energies, valuation of waste, technological innovation, in order to lower our environmental impact, greenhouse gas emissions and compensate our carbon footprint.

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Reducing resources

In order to achieve the goals we set, one of the first lines of action of Lasenor has been the reduction in the impact of the recources necessary to the development of its activities, starting with water consumption, which has been subject for a few years already to important supply reductions. Thanks to the measures implemented since then, water consumption has already been reduced by 50 percent.

Another area of progress for Lasenor has been the separation and valuation of waste, but the company wishes to go further:

  • Giving a second life to the byproducts generated in the various chemical processes, very useful for industrial productions in other sectors:

– Lecithins, fats and solids, destined to the elaboration of animal feeds.

-Fats and solids, destined to the fabrication of industrial soaps.

-Acetic acid, used in the manufacturing of biogases.

-Oils, glycerin and ditris, used as raw materials in various production processes.

  • Recycling has also been used in the case of waste generated in our industrial activity:

– Muds from the treatment plant and non-valuable surplus production, used in the manufacturing of biogases.

– Filtering soils, destined to the elaboration of animal feeds.

– Solid waste, compost for agricultural uses.

  • Reduction, reuse, and recycling (3R) of regular waste (up to 90%).
  • New industrial uses for various materials like packaging, cardboard, plastics and pallets.
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A third scope of action has been energy consumption, where we have acted on two fronts. Firstly, on efficiency, that is, the kilowatts used for each kilo produced, a metric that has also been greatly reduced.

The other energy front refers to the generation of these kilowatts in a clean manner, an area in which another jump in quality will be made with the start of operations, at the end of this year, of the solar plant that will be built on the rooftop of the new warehouse. The solar panels that will be installed will cover about 15% of the total energy wasted at Lasenor.

In order to complement the solar energy produced, we will continue to procure electrical energy from carriers that have high energy ratings, even though such an investment will be more costly.

Beyond all these measures, Lasenor is studying other options for renewable and clean energies from its industrial activity that have a positive CO2 balance and enable for greater energetical independence.

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Reducing the carbon footprint

This environmental indicator, which gathers data on the impact of greenhouse gas emissions, both direct and indirect, has already been monitored by Lasenor internally for about two years.

The next step taken by the company is leading to the institutionalization of these controls, thanks to various external mechanisms, so that they can be validated by the Administration in order to determine what is our carbon footprint and which greenhouse gases are being emitted. The end goal, in implementing these public metrics, is to reduce emissions.

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