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EMAS statement

|The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a management tool for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report and improve their environmental performance.

EMAS Amendment to the Environmental Statements of Gorenje, d.d. and Gorenje I.P.C., d.o.o. for the year 2011

Statement on the Credibility of Environmental Data

The EMAS Environmental Statement for the period from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011 includes the operations of the companies Gorenje, d.d. and Gorenje, I.P.C., d.o.o., and is an amendment to the EMAS Environmental Statement of the companies Gorenje, d.d. and Gorenje, I.P.C., d.o.o. for the year 2009. All information and facts specified in the EMAS Environmental Statement are authentic and reflect the actual state of the environmental management system in both companies.

In 2003 the parent company, Gorenje, d.d., adapted its operation to EMAS requirements as laid out in EU Regulation No. 761/2006; in 2006 the company Gorenje I.P.C., d.o.o. also adapted its operation to the system. In 2010 both companies adapted the system to the new EMAS Regulation no. 1221/2009. In March 2011, the Slovenian Institute of Quality and Metrology (SIQ) conducted an audit of the EMAS system, and found that it complies with all the requirements of EU Regulation no. 1221/2009 (EMAS Regulation).

Vilma Fece, M.Sc.
Director of Environmental Protection and Occupational Health and Safety

Company Profiles

Activities of Gorenje, d.d.

  • Company name: Gorenje, gospodinjski aparati, d.d.
  • Date of entry in court register: 31 December 1997
  • Abbreviated company name: Gorenje, d.d.
  • Registered office: Partizanska 12, Velenje
  • Activities: Development, production and sales of household appliances, information and industrial equipment
  • Activity code: 27.510 Production of electric household appliances

Production of Gorenje I.P.C., d.o.o.

  • Company name: Gorenje, I.P.C, invalidsko podjetniški center, d.o.o.
  • Date of entry in court register: 25 June 1991
  • Abbreviated name: Gorenje, I.P.C., d.o.o.
  • Registered office: Velenje, Partizanska 12
  • Activities: Development, production and sales of electric components, graphic products, polystyrene packaging, and assembly of component kits for the household appliance industry.

Activity codes: 27.330 Production of power sockets, switches and other wiring; 22.220 Production of packaging made of plastics; 18.120 Other printing services

Scope of Companies’ Activities

Activities of Gorenje, d.d.

The EMAS system includes the activities of the parent company performed at the following locations:

  • Partizanska 12, Velenje
  • Primorska cesta 6d, Šoštanj
  • Cesta 56, Rogatec.

The activities of Gorenje, d.d. at the Velenje location are performed in a mixed area intended for industrial, repair & maintenance, craftsmen’s and service activities; the activities at the Šoštanj and Rogatec locations are performed in areas intended for industrial and craftsmen’s activities.

The EMAS system of Gorenje, d.d. does not include the MEKOM Programme at the location at Hrastje 2a, Bistrica ob Sotli. The activities performed at this location are not related to the core activities of the company.
The activities comprise the development, production and sale of household appliances, information and industrial equipment. The production plants within the scope of the parent company are:

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Programme: refrigerators, freezers and combined appliances
  • Cooking Appliance Programme: electric and gas cookers, ovens, cooking hobs
  • Washer/Dryer Programme: washing machines, laundry dryers, pantry kitchens
  • MEKOM Programme: metal and plastic components
  • Point Programme: development, production and sale of information equipment
  • Heating Systems Programme: development and sale of heating systems

In 2011 Gorenje, d.d. had 4,500 employees, of whom 4,090 were employed at the Velenje location, 100 at the Šoštanj plant, and 210 at the Rogatec plant, with the remainder employed in Bistrica ob Sotli.

Activities of Gorenje, I.P.C., d.o.o.

The EMAS system includes the activities of the company performed at the following locations:

  • Partizanska 12, Velenje
  • Primorska cesta 6d, Šoštanj.

Gorenje I.P.C., d.o.o. is a limited liability company that is wholly owned (100 percent) by Gorenje d.d., which is its sole shareholder. It was established on 1 July 1991, and its fundamental mission is to employ and train persons with disabilities. The company’s vision is to satisfy the needs of the parent company and other customers by providing quality products and constantly raising production processes to higher levels of development. Of the production output of Gorenje I.P.C., d.o.o., 96.8 percent is intended for the programmes of Gorenje, d.d. Gorenje I.P.C. is connected to the parent company’s production processes via the information system. The quality management, environmental protection, and the occupational health and safety systems are integrated into the mentioned systems of Gorenje, d.d.; the same applies for the areas of maintenance, organisation and IT.

The activities of Gorenje I.P.C. at the Velenje location are performed in an area intended for industrial, repair & maintenance, craftsmen’s and service activities. In Šoštanj, the company is located in the industrial zone along Primorska street, which is intended for industry and craft.

The activities of the company comprise the following key processes: development and production of electric components, printing, production of packaging made of expanded polystyrene, and the assembly of subsets for household appliances. Its production comprises:

  • Packaging Programme: production of expanded polystyrene packaging
  • Services Programme: assembly of subsets for household appliances
  • Graphics Programme: preparation of instruction manuals for household appliances
  • Electric Components Programme: production of cable sets for household appliances

In 2011 Gorenje, I.P.C. had 720 employees, of whom 305 were persons with disabilities. The Šoštanj location had 310 employees, and the Velenje location had 410 employees.


Refrigerators / Freezers

In the first half of 2011, we completed the development of and began to produce a new generation of freezers with highly improved energy efficiency as the result of a newly developed cooling system. We began to develop a new platform of independent refrigerators/freezers with widths of 60 cm for the medium and higher price classes . Special emphasis was laid on attaining energy efficiency and developing innovative solutions while constantly ensuring the cost-competitiveness of our products. These products will appear in the market in two phases – in the spring of 2013 and the spring of 2014. In the last quarter of 2011, we began to develop a new generation of built-in refrigerators/freezers with widths of 54 cm. The products from the first phase of this project will be on the market at the end of 2013, and those of the second phase at the end of 2014. A great deal of our development activities in the area of refrigerators/freezers was focused on improving energy efficiency and optimising the costs of existing products.

Cooking Appliances

Most of our development resources in 2011 were focused on pre-development activities in a project involving a new platform of compact (height 45 cm) and standard (height 60 cm) built-in BIO 45/60-14 ovens. These will be intended partly for the medium price class, and above all for the upper medium and high price classes. This technologically highly complex project involves the development of technologies which Gorenje has not been familiar with so far. The products from the first phase of this project will be on the market at the end of 2013, and those of the second phase a year later. We were engaged in the development of an innovative technology, IQook, featuring automatic cooking and roasting. The technology was presented at the IFA fair in Berlin in September 2011, and will be available in induction  cookers in the first half of 2012. The development of induction hobs is a permanent concern, as this technology is rapidly replacing classical radiant heaters. We worked on the development of a new generation of a base segment of induction hobs – these products will be available in the first half of 2012. The development of a unique electronic timer integrated into the control button of a gas cooker was a smaller, yet very important project for markets where gas is the main energy source.

Washers / Dryers

The development of a new platform of NG PSSP-10 washers/dryers in the medium price grade was the largest project in 2011, which we had been working on since 2009. Within the scope of the project, we developed a new technology of drying linen using a heat pump, which substantially reduces energy consumption and is equipped with an extremely efficient, built-in processed air filtering system, a fibre levelling technology employing an IonTech air ioniser, and a drying technology employing SteamTech steam. In the area of washers, mention should be made of our user-friendly interfaces, an innovative washer group with an in-built BLDC engine enabling effective washing with high efficiency ratings, and a new door with ergonomic opening. The dryers began to be produced in the autumn, and washers with a wash load capacity of up to 7 kg went into production at the end of the year. In May 2012, we will introduce washers with higher wash load capacities of up to 9 kg.

Heating Systems

In 2011 we completed the majority of our development activities and began the serial production of low-temperature heat pumps. Activities were under way in a project involving high-temperature heat pumps, which will be on the market in the first half of 2012. We were also actively involved in the development of heat pumps for heating sanitary water. The most important project in the area of water heaters was the so-called SLIM water heater (its production is planned at the end of the first half of 2012) and the SMART electronics project, which will enable water heaters to consume substantially less energy.

In the future, we see our main opportunities in the development of energy-efficient components, which will be incorporated into our products. New materials are also an area where we see potential for improving the functionality and energy efficiency of our products. The Company in particular sees its opportunity in the development of solutions that simplify the use of its products (user interfaces, complementarity/connectivity, etc.).

Gorenje I.P.C., d.o.o.

In the area of development, Gorenje I.P.C., d.o.o. was included in the simultaneous development of household appliances at the parent company. Working together with the cooking appliance development team, we continued to use flat control and power supply cables in cooking appliances. We also finally mastered the entire range of cable circuits for cooking appliances manufactured at our MORA plant in the Czech Republic. In the electric component programme, we introduced again this year a new, high-capacity cutting machine that provides for higher productivity and better quality than we were able to attain in older generations of such machines. In the packaging programme, we completed the development of a new “ basiloid” method of packaging for Combi 750. We actively continued our work in the area of optimisation, with emphasis on the re-verification of test criteria.

Special attention was paid at Gorenje I.P.C., d.o.o. to the further upgrading of workplaces with IT support and the integration of a planning strategy that enables planning from a single place.