Agro-food sector in Southern France

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Agro-food sector in Southern France
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R é g i o n a l e
M i d i – P y r é n é e s
A g e n c e
A g e n c e
R é g i o n a l e
P o u r
l ’ E n v i r o n n e m e n t
M i d i – P y r é n é e s
ARPE Midi-Pyrénées
A regional agency, initiated in
1991
EKJA 5th anniversary conference
Public funded and not for profit
39 professionals
Sectorial approach :
The first regional French
environment agency to be certified
ISO 14001
Agro-food sector in Southern France
L’environnement, nous sommes tous acteurs…
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Environmental management in SMEs
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Agro-food sector : second most important in the region
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First project : EMASeasy
Learning by doing with very small enterprises :
Work with very small businesses (0 to 10 employees)
lacks efficiency in the long term
. Financing of actions
. Adequate technical solutions (experimenting)
. For follow up and long term action ? EMS !
Collective learning
sessions : 5
Individual coaching
through the EMS
process
“Impossible”… “Not interesting (in term of impacts, in
terms of time needed to implement the system)”
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OUR GOAL : prove EMS
implementation is possible…
WITH
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Æ Little knowledge of environmental issues, at
the beginning of the process
Æ Little bureaucracy
Æ Low certification costs : single certification
with shared audit time
AND THEREFORE
Æ Contribute to local and regional development
Æ Improve capacity of public Agency
Æ Find cost-effective models in order to transfer
to consultancy, to other sectors
L’environnement, nous sommes tous acteurs…
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GOALS of voluntary SMEs
At first Æ Be more cost effective
Æ Be “different”
Æ Manage a new site “the right way” from the
beginning
After a while
Æ Improve management : better internal
communication, better involvement of employees
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Impacts and improvement
Based on 3 SMEs
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Water consumption : -45% (2807 m3)
- “leaks-hunting”
- change in processes
- internal re-use
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ISO 14001 and not EMAS
Special auditing process : Shared audit time and
individual certificate :
- Documentary audit shared
- On-site auditing : 3 to 5 hours
“more information gathered than if audited one at the
time” – “EMAS/ISOEasy is sufficient” says the auditor
For the SMEs :
- Interesting to have another look on their activity, on a
complete different angle
- Use of collective meetings : to exchange and learn about
the other’s solutions. Very appreciated by the SMEs, not
used of networking.
- Ability to talk about impacts of their activity even if it is
still difficult to make it a marketing difference
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Lessons learned
For ARPE :
- Wanting Very SMEs made it hard to find volunteers. But
a condition to answer the question “Is EMS possible at any
size?”
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Lessons learned
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- Sector specific, yes but not same products : “Foie gras”
and “Jambon de Lacaune” don’t sell at the same time,
therefore peaks of activity aren’t the same and it’s
sometimes hard to have meeting with everybody available
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Waste management :
- Non dangerous : increase of 15 tons of waste
recycled or used for energy purposes
- Dangerous : 9 kg ;-))! Correctly disposed of
- Change in packaging
- Project “free of charge” for the SME = little investment in
the project : some SMEs stopped in the process.
But : not under accreditation Æ not accepted by auditors
audit cost > 1500€/3yrs cycle…
R é g i o n a l e
Impacts and improvement
R é g i o n a l e
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Certification
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And maybe most importantly : All have increased their
activity
Energy consumption : 19,7 toe avoided
- close management of refrigeration and cooking
energy
- new equipment (change of location during EMS
implementing)
- light management
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Building on this experience
- New project with EMASEasy, with other sectors going
fine, trying this time EMAS : capability of reporting and
evaluating public funds invested in EMS coaching
- Time for ARPE to build capacity in Midi-Pyrénées :
suur tänu !
L’environnement, nous sommes tous acteurs…
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