Following the implemented investment projects and organisational solutions, Krajowa Spółka Cukrowa S.A. achieved a significant reduction in water consumption in the technological process at sugar plants. Process water circulation systems are closed circuits, in which amounts of water of up to several thousand cubic meters per hour circulate. Currently, sugar plants draw very small quantities of water from connections for the production process, about 0.02 m3/tonne of sugar beet. Versus 2002, the quantity of the taken water was reduced over 20 times.
Apart from sugar, sugar beet also contains ca. 75% of water which gets into the production circulation system and has to be treated. To improve the quality of water circulating in the systems, and to reduce water consumption, investment and overhaul projects have been conducted in this area for many years.
The sugar production process requires supply of large quantities of heat in form of heating steam, and of electricity. As steam for the production process is generated in coal-fired boilers, the Company undertakes actions to limit quantities of the coal burned. Following implementation of projects in this area, the Company received so-called white certificates (confirmed by audits), awarded by the Energy Regulatory Office. Since 2014 to this date, the number of these certificates has reflected the reduction by 33 tonnes in energy consumption calculated as coal used (reduction in a quantity of coal used by one production plant during one year of operation). This corresponds to a decrease in the annual carbon dioxide emissions by ca. 70 thousand tonnes. This was done by increasing effectiveness of technological processes, including efficiency of boiler rooms at individual sugar plants. In consequence of the above activities, the quantity of the coal used was reduced over two times versus 2002.
Krajowa Spółka Cukrowa S.A. also produces electricity for its own needs, and sells its surpluses (ca. 16 GWh/year) to external customers. At the same time, a decrease in the demand for heat is followed by a reduction in consumption of electricity, which has dropped by ca. a quarter since the Company started its operations. The majority of power is generated in a process of highly efficient cogeneration (combined production of heat and electricity). This is confirmed by “red” and “yellow” certificates granted by the Energy Regulatory Office. In 2014–2018, the total of 578 GWh of such energy was generated.
The developed plan for modernisation of heat and power plants operating at the Company assumes for a continuous improvement of flue gas treatment efficiency by 2025. Systems for desulphurisation of flue gases were constructed at two sugar plants - this was the first step aiming at adapting the existing systems to planned legal requirements for emissions to the air.
In its operations, the Company pays particular attention to maintaining safety and required level of hygiene at work. KSC S.A. met the requirements for Occupational Health and Safety Management according to the standard: PN-N-18001:2004. From 2018, the headquarters and all branches were equipped with defibrillators of new generation, to improve safety of its Employees.
Krajowa Spółka Cukrowa S.A. has implemented the following systems:
Food safety management system for production and sale of white sugar in line with the requirements of the ISO 22000 standard, and quality management system in line with the requirements of the ISO 9001 standard, as established by the Company Resolution No. 1186/IV/2006 of 16 August 2006;
Environmental management system compliant with the requirements of ISO 14001, and occupational health and safety management system compliant with the requirements of PN-N-18001, as established by the Company Resolution No. 2613/V/2011 of 14 February 2011;
IFS - International Food Standard is aimed at all food manufacturers, especially private label manufacturers, and it was developed by the Federation of German Retailers;
GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance – international feed safety system.
During the 2020/2021 sugar campaign, the following audits were conducted at Krajowa Spółka Cukrowa S.A. to confirm the implementation of quality systems/standards:
The audit of the first supervision of the Quality Management System with regard to sugar trading was conducted by the TÜV Rheinland Polska Sp. z o.o. certification body. The Head Office was audited then.
The renewal audit of the Food Safety Management System (HACCP) in the area of sugar production and packaging was conducted by the TÜV Rheinland Polska Sp. z o.o. certification body. The audit examined production departments ("Cukrownia Dobrzelin", "Cukrownia Kluczewo", "Cukrownia Krasnystaw", "Cukrownia Kruszwica", "Cukrownia Malbork", "Cukrownia Nakło", "Cukrownia Werbkowice" branches) and the Sugar Terminal Branch in Gdańsk.
The renewal audits for compliance with the requirements of the IFS chain standards for production and packaging of sugar were conducted by the TÜV Rheinland Polska Sp. z o.o. certification body at production branches ("Cukrownia Dobrzelin", "Cukrownia Kluczewo", "Cukrownia Krasnystaw", "Cukrownia Kruszwica", "Cukrownia Nakło", "Cukrownia Werbkowice" branches).
The renewal audit of the feed safety system (GMP+B1) was carried out by the Intertek Poland Sp. z o.o. certification body. The certification covered feed materials – beet pulp and beet molasses. GMP+B1 "Production, trade and services" audits were carried out in the Head Office of the Company and in the production branches ("Cukrownia Dobrzelin", "Cukrownia Kluczewo", "Cukrownia Krasnystaw", "Cukrownia Kruszwica", "Cukrownia Malbork", "Cukrownia Nakło", "Cukrownia Werbkowice"). All specified audits ended with a positive result and decisions of certification bodies on awarding relevant certificates / maintaining the validity of the awarded certificate (applies to ISO 9001:2015).
In May 2021, Krajowa Spółka Cukrowa S.A. received the FSA - Implementation Framework Version 2.1 (June 2018) certificate for sustainable sugar beet cultivation, which confirms that KSC S.A. growers meet the requirements for sugar beet cultivation in accordance with good agricultural practices. The practices include crop planning and farm resource management. The certificate is at the same time an acknowledgement of meeting the SAI Platform guidelines at the "Gold" (75.5%) and "Silver" (24.5%) levels.
On 15 September 2020, following audits carried out by the Sieć Badawcza Łukasiewicz – Przemysłowy Instytut Motoryzacji certification body, the Company was awarded the REDcert EU certificate confirming compliance with sustainability requirements. This certificate enables the Company to sell molasses to companies producing ethanol for biofuels.
All the certificates specified are available on the website of Krajowa Spółka Cukrowa S.A. at: