ABP Food Group is very proud to announce that we have recently been awarded the coveted suite of Carbon Trust standards for reducing CO2, waste and water. It is great for the company to have these standards moving forward as it showcases what sustainability means to ABP and it also validates our sustainability policy. ABP, through the ‘Doing More With Less’ campaign have place huge emphasis on setting the standard in bringing a sustainably produced product at a competitive price to the consumer. At the end of the day, sustainable business is good for the consumer as it minimises environmental impact and is good for the business as it reduces costs.
The Carbon Trust certification standards have audited and verified that ABP are achieving reductions set out in the sustainability plan. This is segmented into three main areas:
ABP have incorporated waste minimisation practices with the introduction of new practices across the business. ABP work with the philosophy of preventing waste at source. Increased recycling initiatives have been introduced at each site, resulting in packaging such as as cardboard and plastic being segregated and baled to allow for efficient transport and ease of recycling. The diversion from landfill of all remaining waste materials further reduces our environmental impact.
- Energy & Carbon
ABP have pledged to reduce their energy consumption by 20% by 2020. The following measures have been put in place to enable ABP to increase energy efficiency.
Improved energy efficiency associated with the control of oxygen into the aeration system by inverters and controllers. Improved energy efficiency of the treatment process with the use of the de-nitrification process.
Heat recovery from the refrigeration systems is used to pre heat water for use elsewhere. This has been implemented at ABP Cahir and is near completion. This will be assessed to verify savings and then rolled out to other sites to further improve group efficiency and performance.
The conversion of fuel boilers from HFO (Heavy Fuel Oils) to natural gas has proved to be of significant benefit with carbon footprint reduction of approximately 30%. As a result of this and the above initiatives, CO2 outputs are reducing to meet the targets set by the wider business.
In order to meet the set target to achieve the verification for reduction in water consumption and to improve process efficiencies and productivity, ABP has invested heavily in new technology. Some of these initiatives include:
Use of reverse osmosis to further treat waste water for reuse within site operations. Rainwater harvesting for use in the truck wash and lairage – replacing blue water which was previously used in these operations. The application of technology within the waste water treatment process that does not require additional water for the process. The use of high pressure / low volume washers for the washing of animal vehicles.