ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES

Environmental Management System

Vestel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ (“Vestel Elektronik”), which was acquired by the Zorlu Group back in 1994, continues its activities in the Manisa Organized Industrial Zone with its six factories (PCBA, Plastics, High-End, Digital, EPS, [Vestel Komünikasyon (Aegean Free Zone)]) and nearly 20,000 employees on a consolidated basis. The Company obtained the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Certificate in 1998, the ISO 50001 Energy Management System Certificate in 2012 and the ISO 14064 Greenhouse Gas Verification Statement in 2017.

Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ (“Vestel Beyaz Eşya”), Vestel Elektronik’s subsidiary, continues its activities in the third section of the Manisa Organized Industrial Zone with nearly 10,000 employees. Vestel Beyaz Eşya obtained the TS EN ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Certificate in 2010 and the TS EN ISO 50001 Energy Management System Certificate in 2012. Accordingly, the company employs integrated management systems at its seven factories, namely, Refrigerator I-II, Washing Machine, Washing Machine & Tumble Dryer, Dishwasher, Cooking Appliances and Air Conditioner & Water Heater production plants. Vestel Beyaz Eşya also obtained the ISO 14064 Greenhouse Gas Verification Statement in 2016. In addition, the company’s water footprint for 2016 was calculated in accordance with the “ISO 14046 Water Footprint” Standard at a corporate level and its success in this area was certified with the "ISO 14046 Water Footprint" Verification Certificate. Vestel Beyaz Eşya pioneered the household appliances industry with this important achievement.

Vestel Group of Companies (“Vestel”), of which Vestel Elektronik and Vestel Beyaz Eşya are a member, assumes it as a duty to safeguard the health and safety of its employees, customers and surrounding community who are affected by its activities, products and services; and to protect the environment and natural life on behalf of the future generations; and as such, aims to implement and develop clear and proactive Environmental and Energy Management Systems in its activities within the framework of sustainable development principle.

Accordingly, Vestel;

  • Perceives all kinds of waste disposal procedure as a natural resource loss, and develops methods to prevent pollution at its source It works on the reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery of waste
  • Continuously improves its energy performance through designing energy efficient processes and procuring energy efficient products and services It ensures savings of energy, water and natural resources by supporting increases in productivity and the use of new technologies
  • Takes into account the environmental aspects when evaluating new products, projects and operations and prioritizes reliable production by reducing the use of hazardous substances in its products and manufacturing processes and by seeking substances with less polluting properties
  • Uninterruptedly continues its work to tackle climate change and conserve biodiversity and ecosystems by reducing its greenhouse gas emissions
  • Commits to comply with the relevant environmental legislation and administrative regulations and all the applicable legal and other requirements as well as international operating standards in its processes and fulfills this obligation
  • Aims to minimize energy and water consumption, waste generation, water and air emissions by training its employees, subcontractors, dealers and suppliers and by utilizing tools for continuous improvement
  • Manufactures products that have less environmental impact and contain more recyclable materials
  • Having adopted the general objective of protecting and improving environmental quality together with its employees, targets to protect and improve the quality of its employees’ and customers’ lives with its Environmental Policy
  • Employs practices towards obtaining its stakeholders’ opinions, informing them about its operations and acting in unison with them in the direction of common goals
  • By complying with the requirements of the Environmental and Energy Management Systems, promotes a culture of participation and innovation between stakeholders in order to continuously improve and increase the effectiveness of its management systems, while providing adequate and due resources towards this purpose
  • Constantly conducts risk analysis and assessments
  • Uninterruptedly continues its sustainability efforts

Environmental Targets

Vestel Elektronik and Vestel Beyaz Eşya pursue strategies towards achieving “net zero emissions and circular economy” in line with Zorlu Holding’s Sustainability Strategy. Accordingly, energy efficiency projects aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 15 percent by 2022 will be continued and the use of energy-efficient technologies will be prioritized. Within the scope of the renewed Zorlu Holding Smart Life 2030 targets, Vestel Group of Companies will contribute to the overall targets stated below:

  • Achieve net zero emissions in Scope 1-2 by 2030 and across the entire value chain (Scope 1-2-3) by 2050;
  • Reduce waste by 50 percent by 2030 and reach zero waste by 2050;
  • Reclaim 50 percent of process water by 2030, and 100 percent by 2050.

Circular Economy and Waste Management System

Vestel Group’s circular economy-related efforts continue uninterrupted.

The “Waste Paint Recycling and Reusing System” developed by Vestel Elektronik enables the recovery of waste paint particles used in the plant and prepares them for reuse. Vestel designed all the chemical formulations and machinery used in the system and was the first company to use this system across all industries. The Company obtained and registered three patents for this system. Competing with the large European industrial companies for the second time in the “Process Innovation” category at the 2018 EU Awards for the Environment, Vestel won First Prize with its “Waste Paint Recycling and Reusing System”. Within the scope of the awards held since 1990, Vestel became the first and only Turkish company to rank as the successive finalist in this category. With “Waste Paint Recycling and Reusing System”, Vestel also won the “Large-Scale Enterprise Process Category Award” at the Technology Awards, which is a product of the synergy created between TUBITAK, TTGV and TUSIAD, and handed out in recognition of the creative and innovative solutions featuring technical excellence and competitiveness.

As a result of the studies for the delivery of products to dealers in a sound manner and improvement of the quality of packaging to approach the “zero waste” target, Vestel Beyaz Eşya was granted an award with its “Decreasing Styrofoam Weight and Density Project” in the “Prevention Applications in Packaging Design by Reducing Resources” category at the Green Dot Industrial Awards organized by the ÇEVKO (Environmental Protection and Recovery of Packaging Waste) Foundation in 2018. While packaging wastes are reduced with the project; the main gain is derived from the reduction in the use of raw materials. In addition, the carbon footprint is also reduced thanks to the reduced need for transportation during the procurement of raw materials.

Vestel Beyaz Eşya’s “Waste Management System” Project was also awarded the Green Dot Award in the “Waste Management System and Practices” category at the Green Dot Industrial Awards.

As of 2021, all offices at Vestel City were switched to the Zero Waste System. Accordingly, online zero waste training modules based on this system were established. A compost machine has been included in the Zero Waste System to repurpose the food waste generated in the kitchen during the preparation of food.

Plastic reduction efforts gained momentum in 2021 as Vestel Elektronik and Vestel Beyaz Eşya made a commitment to the Business World Plastics Initiative. Under this Initiative; Vestel Elektronik has committed to use 1,887 tons of recycled plastics in production and reduce its plastics use by 831 tons by the end of 2023 from a 2020 baseline. Vestel Beyaz Eşya has committed to use 7,081 tons of recycled plastics in production and reduce its plastics use by 1,000 tons by the end of 2023 from a 2020 baseline. Vestel has expanded the scope of these activities with its investment in Biolive, a company which produces bio-based plastics from olive pits.

The carton packaging of all Vestel household appliances is made of 100 percent recycled and recyclable paper. Vestel became the first company in Turkey to offer consumers refrigerators with certified 100 percent recycled and recyclable cardboard packaging which is procured from suppliers that have been certified to use responsible and sustainable resources. Similar efforts for television packaging has gained momentum.

Circular economy efforts continue after products reach customers. Vestel’s call center provides customers with information that prevents or corrects malfunctions over the phone or provides them with the digital content via text. With these solutions, an average of 27 percent of the problems of customers who refer to the call center are resolved, eliminating the need for technician service. By eliminating the need for technical service, vehicle mileage was reduced by 640,662 kilometers annually (112 tons of CO2e).

B2C sales for spare parts began as of 2021. So, customers can easily repair their products on their own and extend the life of their products.

In 2020, a total of 15,930 faulty spare parts were repaired in the Central Repair and Recovery Unit and returned to the system.

Products that are returned to the Exchange Evaluation Center in Vestel City are repaired, and after refurbishment, resold in secondary markets, which extends the life of the products. All products that cannot be repaired are recycled by licensed companies.

Water Management

Vestel monitors water consumption within the scope and objectives of the TS EN ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and has a policy to reduce water use.

Vestel Beyaz Eşya calculated its water footprint for 2016 in line with the “TS EN ISO 14046 Water Footprint Standard”, had it approved by an accredited institution, and received the TS EN ISO 14046 Water Footprint Approval Certificate, which is another first in the industry. Vestel Elektronik continues its work to get its water footprint approved in 2021.

In 2020, the faucets in old washbasins in Vestel City were replaced with faucets with motion-detection sensors. In order to reduce the water used for washing in cafeterias, water saving knobs were installed onto the faucets.

Vestel Beyaz Eşya has succeeded in reducing its water consumption per unit of product by 23 percent in the last four years.

In 2021, Vestel factories will improve their water traceability. Also, rainwater collection and water recovery systems will be installed in the new buildings to be constructed.

Air Quality

As per the Industrial Air Pollution Control Regulation, air emission measurements are made at two-year intervals at all Vestel production facilities, and all parameters (CO, NOx, SOx, VOC, Dust) have been measured to be below the limit values.

Biodiversity

Vestel’s production facilities are located within the boundaries of the Manisa Organized Industrial Zone (MOIZ). Organized Industrial Zones are special zones established by grouping industrial facilities to ensure the efficiency of the industry and provide order to the city. Another purpose of establishing Organized Industrial Zones is to oversee waste management and curb its negative effects on biodiversity. The fact that Vestel’s production facilities are located within the MOIZ provides an advantage for the Company in terms of waste management and minimizing and controlling potential harm to biodiversity. All production facilities went through the EIA process at the establishment stage as well as during process changes and/or capacity increases, evaluating possible negative environmental impacts. These reports have revealed that there has been no negative impact that would cause the ecological balance to deteriorate.

* Vestel Elektronik and Vestel Beyaz Eşya had no environmental accidents or related penal sanctions in 2020.

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Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ – Waste Generation

Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ – Water Consumption and Waste Water Generation

Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ – Total Energy Consumption (TEP/TL revenues)

Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ – Carbon Emissions Originating from Energy Consumption
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Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ – Total Carbon Emissions
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