Jacobi group receives WQA Excellence award for sustainability journey

Jacobi Carbons — a global supplier of activated carbon, ion exchange resins and mobile filter service solutions — has been named recipient of the 2024 Water Quality Association (WQA) Excellence award, which honours member companies improving the lives of others through the betterment of water quality. Jacobi group was selected for its commitment to sustainability across the business, including its activated carbon product range that is based on coconut shell as a primary raw material. The product range serves many global applications, several of which are in the water treatment business.

The group’s CEO Remko Goudappel said, “The majority of our products are not only based around coconut shell as a primary raw material, but in Europe, we also offer reactivation of spent activated carbon which has a substantial impact on our product’s global warming potential.” He added that its “reactivated material has a 54% lower global warming potential (GWP) than virgin activated carbon”.   

Remko Goudappel, CEO, Jacobi group (Image: Jacobi group)

Jacobi group’s activated carbons are commonly used by drinking water utilities to address a variety of treatment challenges. From controlling taste and odour to reducing exposure to harmful contaminants in the water supply, including polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).   

President of Jacobi Carbons Jim Knepper added, “Water providers are faced with two challenges, keeping their residents hydrated with safe water and doing so without harming the environment or the residents’ health. Our team is dedicated to providing a solution that addresses both simultaneously and will continue innovating to serve as a resource in this essential mission.” 

WQA Excellence award nominees are judged on criteria surrounding contributions to both the water treatment sector and communities in which they operate. Jacobi is embarking on a long-term sustainability journey, which includes key performance indicators around areas such as environmental impact, product quality, security of supply, and innovation. CSR is a key focus point, with projects to help build schools and libraries, as well as sports facilities and hospitals around the world.

The company also has a global initiative named ‘GO GREEN’ which looks at where it is possible to lower the global warming potential across the business, either by replacing coal product usage for customers with coconut-based product where possible, or by making improvements and innovating the production process along the entire supply chain.