As part of its Green New Deal the Korean Government has initiated a project to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop eco-friendly manufacturing systems. KISCO Group, of which JMC is a subsidiary, was one of 30 companies selected for support in 2021. In this report on the progress of the project, KISCO is described as “the most exemplary company” in the program.
The factory improvements are in four areas:
- Installation of a new thermal oxidizer (TO) facility to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds. Waste heat from this process is also captured and re-used. This led to a reduction in some emissions of 99% and a saving of around 50% in heating costs.
- Installation of insulation to factory exterior walls to improve thermal insulation and add flame retardancy.
- Installation of rainwater tanks. The factory is now capturing up to 80 cubic metres of rainwater that is being re-used.
- Installation of a smart monitoring system to collect real-time data on emissions and environmental parameters. This will enable further improvements in efficiencies.
KISCO Group CEO, Sung Yong Cho said that “I have always been concerned about the treatment of volatile organic compounds generated in the process of operating a chemical manufacturing business. I would like to express my gratitude to the Ministry of Environment and the Korea Environment Corporation for actively solving these problems that small and medium-sized enterprises are struggling with through the smart, eco-factory construction project. We will take the lead as an eco-friendly company through continuous improvement efforts.”