GR Technics produces honey itself and installs an AED device: “We like to contribute to a sustainable society” (Beerse)

Gert Geboers, an employee of GR Technics and a recognized beekeeper, is allowed to keep bees and also produce honey on the company’s site in Beerse. © RR

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GR Technics from Beerse, the company in the field of mobile camera and light towers and energy systems, has added 30,000 employees. It is not about real employees, but about bees belonging to haulier and beekeeper Gert Geboers. The company, which considers sustainability to be of paramount importance, sells its own jars of honey. “We have also installed an AED device that is accessible to our own people, passers-by and neighbors,” said manager Gunter Roefs.

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GR Technics is one of 34 companies from the Kempen and Mechelen region that have received the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Charter from the employers’ organization VOKA.

“Our goal is to be 90% CO-neutral by 2023,” explains manager Gunter Roefs (49). “We do this by investing in solar cell roofs and battery storage and by reducing the generators’ diesel consumption by 85%. Our new industrial hall is designed to be as energy neutral as possible. We built a 40,000 liter water well in combination with infiltration basins in and around the building, which ends in a wadi. ”

Flower meadow with bees

The busy business with a new building in Beemdenstraat in Beerse goes a few steps further with a few special sustainable initiatives. One of them is thanks to truck driver Gert Geboers (52) from Beerse. “Gert is a recognized beekeeper and therefore has a special hobby. We quickly decided to do something about it, ”says Gunter Roefs. “This is how we came up with the idea of ​​literally creating the connection between industry and nature by sowing a large strip of green as a flower meadow. Gert built a shelter for his hives, where more than 30,000 bees are housed. As we know that more and more bee colonies in Belgium are disappearing, we want to make an active contribution to a sustainable and ecological society in this way. “

The bees are doing well at GR Technics in Beerse.

The bees are doing well at GR Technics in Beerse. © RR

It’s not just about the hives. The natural honey produced by the insects is also offered for sale. “We offer 25 centilitre jars of Sweet Sin honey for sale at our reception. The proceeds from the sale go to preserve this passionate effect “, says Gunter Roefs.

Beekeeper and employee Gert Geboers stands by GR Technics flower meadow in Beerse with bees and pots of honey.

Beekeeper and employee Gert Geboers stands by GR Technics flower meadow in Beerse with bees and pots of honey. © RR

defibrillators

The company Defibrion recently installed a public AED unit in the new industrial hall in Beemdenstraat in Beerse. This is an automatic external defibrillator that can restore the heart rhythm in case of cardiac arrest. “We found this an indispensable object in connection with our annual first aid training. All our employees are trained to be able to work with this unit,” explains the manager. and neighbors. ”

Gunter Roefs, head of GR Technics in Beerse, shows the public defibrillator for the company building in Beemdenstraat.

Gunter Roefs, head of GR Technics in Beerse, shows the public defibrillator for the company building in Beemdenstraat. © RR

And the extra sustainable initiatives at GR Technics are not over yet. The guest car park will be equipped with a couple of public charging stations, which will be connected to our own photovoltaic system. The employee car park will also have some charging stations.

Last week, GR Technics installed 732 solar panels, of which the energy produced is largely recycled. “On top of the large batch of solar panels, three vertical wind turbines will appear on the roof by the end of this year,” explains Gunter Roefs. “It is a very unique system in the form of a tulip. These wind turbines run day and night with wind, so there is largely continuous power output. ” The company with sixteen employees is investing 275,000 euros in these countless sustainable projects this year.

The employers' organization VOKA awarded the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Charter at Hidrodoe in Herentals to 34 companies, including GR Technics from Beerse.

The employers’ organization VOKA awarded the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Charter at Hidrodoe in Herentals to 34 companies, including GR Technics from Beerse. © VOKA

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