Lemberona stands for ORGANIC, FAIRTRADE and Green Energy in Uzbekistan
Lemberona conducts its business using strictly ORGANIC and FAIRTRADE guidelines, in a sustainable manner with renewable energy. Social responsibility, organic farming and decent, fair trading conditions form the basis for improving living and working conditions for Uzbekistan´s FAIRTRADE farmers.
Dealing responsibly with the earth´s natural resources is an increasingly important issue for our company. One facet of this involves maintaining stable climatic and soil conditions, a natural capacity for regeneration and compliance with stringent quality criteria, such as ORGANIC and FAIRTRADE on the part of small farmers in Uzbekistan. We feel that if we take from Nature´s endless bounty, we should take steps to maintain the natural balance. For this reason, Lemberona seeks to process its goods using sustainable means. Green Energy will be available to us in almost unlimited amounts throughout humanity´s time horizon, and is very efficient.
Lemberona is the largest European importer of organic and Fairtrade certified foods from Uzbekistan. However, in recent years Uzbekistan has been suffering from huge problems with its energy supply, due to its own increasing needs – caused by population and economic growth – and to allow gas exports to be exported to China and other neighbouring countries.
Companies processing goods directly in Uzbekistan, including the organic drying company working for Lemberona, are suffering huge difficulties as a result, caused by loss of production, goods spoilage, non-fulfilment of export contracts and refusal to take over contractually agreed amounts from ORGANIC FAIRTRADE small farmers´ groups due to insufficient drying and cooling capacity.
On the positive side, South Uzbekistan, especially the Samarkand region, enjoys a large number of sunny days throughout the year that up till now went unused, as the country took the short-term route of using only fossil fuels. However, these are extremely scarce outside the big cities there. The number of sunny days and low levels of precipitation during the warm season (drying period) thus provide ideal conditions for the production and use of sustainable solar energy.
Lemberona makes use of its existing expertise in the areas of solar energy production and the drying of foodstuffs using solar energy. Lemberona´s partner in Uzbekistan, which is certified for organic production, produces organic dried fruit, organic dried vegetables, organic teas and organic dried herbs using air heated with solar energy, in premium quality and for the most part Fairtrade certified. This type of temperature controlled processing ensures that all the important nutrients, vitamins and enzymes are retained. During the periods when there is no sunshine (night-time, bad weather), the Uzbek company was partially dependent on gas (an environmentally damaging source of energy), the supply of which has been unreliable for years, or – even worse – is sometimes not supplied at all.
Drying fruit and vegetables usually requires enormous amounts of energy. The construction of this showcase facility, whose size is unparalleled in Uzbekistan – and worldwide – heats air using solar power, combined with innovative heat storage methods. Processing (drying) products will now be possible without gas. Energy is produced during the day in huge amounts in the form of hot air at up to 100 degrees Celsius, retained in an enormous, insulated rock store (with a capacity of 300 truckloads of rocks). This energy can then be used during off-peak hours as required, and is available during the night, emitted from the rocks and converted back into warm drying air. This system is CO2 positive, has a minimal impact on the environment, playing a modest role in stopping the rapid advance of climate change. A photovoltaic system is integrated into the system, powering ventilators and air flow systems.
The whole facility is totally self-sufficient, producing 100% renewable energy, Green Energy.
Doubling existing hot air generating capacities and the resulting increase in production was made possible by a PPP project carried out in close cooperation with the German Development Company (DEG, Deutsche Entwicklungsgesellschaft), co-financed by Lemberona. The goal is to expand the sales potential of the unique raw materials organic Fairtrade small farmers´ groups produce and to increase supplies to Lemberona – due to steadily rising demand. Construction of this „green drying facility“ was made possible through close cooperation with an international consortium of small innovative companies already having extensive know-how and experience in this area, and regional Uzbek companies, who work together to teach their employees about functioning and use of the technology.
Everyone, from the producer to the consumer, profits from this development!
Lemberona: Quality you can taste!
Lemberona in Radlberg
Energy produced on the roof – sustainable production with a clear conscience! Dealing responsibly with the earth´s natural resources is an increasingly important issue for our company. One facet of this involves maintaining stable climatic and soil conditions, a natural capacity for regeneration and compliance with stringent quality criteria, such as ORGANIC and FAIRTRADE on the part of our farmers. We feel that if we take from Nature´s endless bounty, we should take steps to maintain the natural balance. For this reason, we endeavour to process our products in a sustainable way. We are now producing part of the electricity we use with our new photovoltaic system in St. Pölten-Radlberg. 1,000 m² PV panels on roofs and wall mounted elements allow us to „harvest“ up to 250 kWh solar electricity daily, significantly reducing CO² emissions. Modern photovoltaic technology is a renewable clean source of energy and positively affects the ecological balance – completely in line with our company philosophy.
Lemberona – responsibility for society and the environment that our customers can taste in our products!