Minimise the impact of our operations

As an ethical and responsible business, we are aware of our impact on the environment and continue to minimise it by constantly looking at what we can do across our operations, particularly our manufacturing sites.

It is our aim to continue to:

  • reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, focusing on lowering overall energy consumption and increasing energy usage from non-fossil fuel sources;
  • reduce our impact on the world’s depleting water resources;
  • spire to our challenging goal of zero waste to landfill; and
  • foster natural flora and fauna on our significant estates.

Highlights include:
  • 25.5% of our energy was generated from non-fossil fuel sources, exceeding our target ahead of schedule

  • 48.9% reduction in VOC emissions was achieved at our manufacturing sites, exceeding our target ahead of schedule

  • Zero waste to landfill was achieved by eight of our manufacturing sites

Renewable Energy and Waste Heat Recovery

At our Thane manufacturing site in India, we have invested in solar panels for water heating and an economiser for boiler flue gas heat recovery. The major projected benefits of this initiative are: 3,700GJ per year will be derived from renewable and waste heat sources; and GHG emission reduction of 180Te per year.

Water Purification in Gouda

Utilising an advanced membrane filtration and reversed osmosis system, our Gouda manufacturing site can now purify waste water for re-use in the processing units and steam boiler at the site. With a capacity of 50,000 litres of purified waste water per hour, this installation fully caters for the site’s water requirements, saving 500 million litres of roundwater per year.

An additional benefit is that it reduces the quantity of water treatment chemicals used, which in turn results in a reduced carbon footprint and a considerable reduction in CO2

Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) in Brazil

In 2014, we began construction of an ETP at our Campinas manufacturing site. From next year, this will allow us to reduce the site’s effluent discharge by 75% by reducing  Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) of the remaining discharged water.

To read more about how we are minimising our Environmental Impact, please read our Sustainability Report.