"There are many myths and superstitions about the quality of the environment inside and around our premises, which originated in the fifties and sixties of the last century, when little attention was paid to the industrial and agricultural production environment in Czechoslovakia. Today, however, the situation is quite different. Nowadays Spolana meets all emission limits and the impact of its production on the environment is minimal," said Miroslav Falta, the Vice-Chairman of Spolana’s Board of Management: "We are investing tens of millions of Czech crowns annually in the modernization of the site and environmental protection,“ he added.
The idea of breeding bees in the chemical plant premises came from the beekeepers of the local beekeeping organization and was then also supported by the plant management. "We said that when a number of plant and animal species are successful in the vicinity of our plant, why not try to breed bees," explained Miroslav Falta. Three bee hives installed in the spring of this year were lent to Spolana by the chairman of the local Beekeepers Association in Libiš, who also takes care of the bees in cooperation with Spolana employees, including the extraction of the produced honey.
The quality of the honey from Spolana Neratovice was confirmed by the accredited laboratory of the Beekeeping Research Institute. "Flower honey from Spolana Neratovice not only met all the quality requirements, but we also evaluated highly its taste," said Ing. Dalibor Titera, CSc., the Head of Research and Testing Laboratories at the Beekeeping Research Institute, adding: "The trend of reunification of industry and nature is a great pleasure for us, and we would like to see other industrial plants follow suit."
"Next year, we want to expand the number of hives. However, we do not intend to go into the large-scale production of honey. Our manufacturing focus is on something little different. The produced honey will be a good gift for corporate partners and business visits,” concluded Miroslav Falta with a smile.
Spolana is very active in supporting the surrounding environment. In cooperation with the Neratovice non-profit organization of the Czech Fishing Union, various fish species (e.g. carp, pike or pikeperch) have been released for the fourth year in the Elbe river and, in a joint action with the non-profit organization ALKA Wildlife, also cares for a migratory falcon regularly nesting in the Spolana premises. Now there are bees added to the list of species supported by the chemical plant.
The surrounding area of the production plant, especially the treatment tank, is also a popular sanctuary for a number of protected and endangered animal species. The cleanliness of the site is confirmed by the presence of river otter, common teal, common kingfisher or brown trout, i.e. aquatic animals highly sensitive to the quality of the environment.