ARCH has as a goal the decrease of energy consumption throughout the whole manufacturing process. Arch allies the thermal insulation of the installations to the recovery and reintegration of the energy current produced in the firing process, and thus it manages to a decrease of 30% of the energy consumption in the potteries and 90% of the necessities of heat used for curing.
We have gone further with the conception of refractory material of low thermal mass in Gresanit produced at ARCH and that enables to decrease about 10% of the energy consumption in the firing process, and thus to decrease of C02 emissions.
The reduction of raw materials and residues produced throughout the manufacturing process is also a concern for ARCH. From the production of plaster molds, with a recovery of about 95% by the supplier, to the integration of processed ceramic residues internally and externally in the manufacturing process, an almost total recovery of the residues involved in the industrial process is obtained.
The reutilization of wood and carton packaging is also a practice which is optimized and managed in an efficiency and rationalization perspective of costs, but still having a significant impact in the production of non-ceramic residues. The elimination of paper as an information format is a strategic goal to be accomplished by 2017.
However, the best way to obtain environmental sustainability is by guaranteeing the efficiency of the resources use and ARCH here gives a good example with top productive waste ratings, taking advantage of its mastery of the ceramic process, not least is the conceived engineering equipment created in its facilities.
Thus, from the beginning, it was a condition that the product to develop would not produce waste which would be alienated from the facilities.
Within this context, the possibility of using all the waste, inevitably obtained in the manufacturing of the sanitary, was considered.
These premises were always part of the equation while the development of the product took place.
Not only do the resources have to be rationalized, but also the products have to be efficient. ARCH has as a goal the conception of flush tanks with water efficiency, with reduced discharge volumes, but always guaranteeing the proper functioning of the basins developed according to the strictest norms in different markets.
Still regarding the impact on de water performance, we have developed efforts for the passive reduction of the water flow rate of taps and showers, since the consumption of
sanitary water is a serious local sustainability issue, in several countries, due to shortage water resources. The adoption of a flow restrictor and intelligent control devices enables to reduce 15% of the consumption of water and 20% of the consumption of hot water.