26 Climate Protection at ALTANA
Since March 2022, ECKART’s plant in Zhuhai has been
completely carbon-free. This makes it one of China’s first
emission-neutral production facilities.
Ka Lok Cheung is proud of “his” plant in Zhuhai in
southern China’s Guangdong province, where
ECKART manufactures printing inks and aluminum
pigments, among other things, and drives innova-
tion. How this is done serves not only the company,
but the entire milieu.
The capacities and equipment at the site are exemplary by both
German and Chinese standards – and so is the sustainability.
The ECKART plant at the mouth of the Pearl River has been com-
pletely carbon-free since March 2022, making it one of the
first emission-neutral production facilities in China. All of the installations
are operated using green electricity.
As a result, the ECKART site is at the forefront of climate
neutrality, which is also becoming increasingly relevant in China.
The country wants to be carbon neutral by 2060. At ECKART in
Zhuhai, this is already the case today. “As a rather small company
with a high degree of automation,” explains Cheung, “it was
obvious from the beginning that green electricity would be used,
especially since the supply situation in this region is very stable.
This is a boon for the environment.”
Accident-free for over ten years
In addition to environmental protection, occupational safety
plays a decisive role in China. In this regard, too, everyone benefits
from the sustainable operation of ECKART’s plant in Zhuhai:
Neither diesel nor other fuels have to be stored at or delivered
to the site. Occupational safety in general is a top priority at the
plant. And great strides have been made: The site has been
completely accident-free for more than ten years.