The use of fuels to operate Strauss  facilities (ovens, boilers and others) in production processes causes the emissions of various pollutants into the air (particulate matter, nitrous oxide NOx and sulfur oxide SOx).  These pollutants are regularly monitored, mostly on a yearly or bi-annual basis, in the facilities’ chimneys in accordance with the requirements of the law and regulations of the local ministries of environmental protection in the countries in which we operate.  Strauss Group ascertains through this monitoring that there are no deviations from the legal pollutant levels and carries out required improvements to reduce emissions from the facilities where necessary.  At most of Strauss sites around the world, the main fuel that is used in the production facilities is natural gas, the fuel with the lowest pollutant levels among all of the existing fossil fuels, which contributes significantly to the reduction in air emissions.