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JGL’s eco-friendly factory built on entrance to Rijeka

2 min of reading Published: 10.7.2015.

JGL continuously implements the principles of social responsibility in its business and, in interaction with other stakeholders, it aims to set an example and contribute to the harmonisation of its own long-term growth and development with the environmental development. Two DOP Index Awards, received in the category of large companies, are just an example of numerous recognitions given to the company that raises its standards of development and environmental protection year after year.

This pharmaceutical company has shown that social responsibility entails more than just the fulfilment of legal obligations, but also technological and environmental investments beyond the requirements of standards. This was evident in the construction of the Pharma Valley complex through the company’s choice of advanced technological and environmental solutions, as well as reaching the level of maximum possible energy savings in future exploitation.

Many environmental solutions, departing from the conventional ones and surpassing the legally stipulated solutions, were planned and implemented in this project. These include the installation of a ventilation system in clean rooms with the free cooling system, which controls the use of fresh outdoor air depending on the temperature, and a power plant with a highly efficient cooling tower – with the ratio 1 : 9, meaning that 1 kW of electricity provides 9 kW of cooling energy. Heating was solved through a burner system powered by extra light heating oil or gas in the second stage. Most of the lighting throughout the building and its surroundings was realised in the LED regulation technology. All this enables annual energy savings of HRK 2.5 million, or 3,641 MW/h, which means a significantly lower CO2 emission, in the amount of 855 tonnes per year.

It is worth mentioning that an additional pool of 100 m3 was added to the water reservoir. Its purpose is to collect clean technological waste water, which is then used for watering plants. Other technological waste water passes through a biological purifier before being discharged into the sewer system. A solar system for additional heating of hot sanitary water was also installed at Svilno 1.

A precondition for successful implementation of the project, from the planning phase to its execution, was selecting the best team of contractors and suppliers who could meet the high standards of delivery. JGL proudly points out that the required quality was at the company’s disposal in the city of Rijeka and its surroundings, enabling it to use the maximum potential of the local community. The credit for the architectural solution goes to Studio Rožić and its associate team from Rijeka, while the main contractor was GP Krk.

By investing in advanced, currently unconventional solutions in the area of energy efficiency, JGL has achieved a significant reduction in operating costs compared to the past, an increase in productivity, and ultimately an increase in the quality of delivery of its services and products to its customers and consumers. This bears testimony to great responsibility toward the local community and the area in which the company operates and builds.